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Public installation (year 2010) made by several video projections. Massachusetts Avenue in the city of Cambridge, MA, connects two of the most famous universities in the world: Harvard and MIT. In this avenue and between these two universities is located Central Square. These three places are also connected by subway. Central Square is one of the most multicultural places in Cambridge, bringing together a lot of students, teenagers and Bostonians because of its many restaurants, pubs and clubs. Important and varied immigrant communities live in this area but there are also a great number of homeless people due to the presence of several shelters and service centers for them. But some of the people spending their time in this area are not only homeless, some of them also suffer from alcoholism. A problem named Public Intoxication that has been addressed since years ago by the Multidisciplinary Working Group of Cambridge, the Cambridge City Council, journalists, etc. A problem that also raises concern among the neighbors, who complain about the disturbances caused by alcoholic homeless persons. They think this could be a “proper” area without them around. Given the great number of pubs, restaurants and clubs in Central Square, alcohol-induced behavior is far from exclusive to homeless people. It also involves other citizens, especially students during the weekends. But why most of Central’s neighbors do not complain about it? Is it not true that one of the biggest differences between people consuming alcohol in a terrace and homeless people is their look? What is then, the boundary when talking about public intoxication performances behaviors? In Central Square there is an alley perpendicular to Mass. Ave., called Richard B. "Rico" Módica Way, where a wall for legal graffiti was created in October 2007. This alley is a significant place, for its middle position, each wall representing the limit of the influence area of each university. To me this alley serves as metaphorical bridge between Harvard-Central-MIT. Besides, the alley is not only used by graffiti writers and passers-by, but it also serves as a place for alcohol consumption by homeless people and students at night. One of the main differences between social classes is the way they dress.
Nevertheless lower and upper class —the latter being represented in this case by Harvard and MIT communities— share a set of habits fundamentally similar yet differently perceived.
My purpose is to bring them out to draw attention to the paradox of action and social perception.A projection on the wall shows a young person lying down. She (or he) is sleeping and has a bottle of an alcoholic drink close to her. It is a bottle of a regular brand drink. The person stirs but does not touch the bottle nor wakes up. She (or he) is wearing a Harvard/MIT T-shirt.
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There is a webcam that records legal graffiti wall’s transformation everyday (the recording of an entire day takes around 2:45 minutes), and it uploads this data on YouTube. You just have to click this link and WATCH IT
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Massachusetts Avenue en la ciudad de Cambridge, MA, en Estados Unidos, conecta dos de las más famosas universidades del mundo: Harvard y MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). En esta avenida hay un callejón perpendicular cual representación metafórica es la imagen de un puente que conecta ambas universidades. Este callejón sirve como lugar para el consumo de alcohol por algunas personas sin hogar y estudiantes, principalmente por la noche. Es frecuente ver a personas sin hogar por esta zona cada día ya que existen numerosos centros de acogida y varias tiendas de licores (algunos sufren de alcoholismo). Esta situación afecta al barrio ya que muchos vecinos se quejan de la "mala imagen" que tiene la zona, causa del comportamiento de las personas sin hogar que pasean por la avenida durante todo el día, más aquellos que sufren problemas alcohólicos y consumen en la vía pública (mayormente en el callejón), olvidando que numerosos estudiantes se acercan a la zona debido a la gran cantidad de clubs y bares. Por tanto, el callejón también es utilizado por estudiantes para consumir alcohol entre la visita de un bar y otro, economizando así sus gastos.
Una de las más significativas diferencias entre clases sociales es la forma de vestir. Sin embargo, las clases bajas y altas (representadas en este último caso por los estudiantes, profesores y trabajadores en Harvard y en MIT), comparten un conjunto de hábitos fundamentalmente similares aunque percibidos de manera diferente. Mi propósito es llamar la atención sobre la paradoja que existe en la percepción y el comportamiento social. Las proyecciones presentan a jóvenes estudiantes de Harvard y MIT dormidos, acostados y junto a botellas de alcohol. La intervención pública se realizó un sábado por la noche, durante el mes de Abril de 2010.
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Hay instalada una cámara web que graba la transformación de uno de los muros destinados a la práctica del graffiti legal. Cada día graba durante 24 horas (un día entero dura 2:45 minutos), y se sube automáticamente a YouYube. Click AQUÍ
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