Let Fury Have the Hour

Becoming a Part of the Creative Response

There are many ways to protest—through individual statements or mass demonstrations, from boycotts to bra burnings. Over the years, citizens have demonstrated disapproval of their governments through a variety of methods. 

In the two movies Let Fury Have the Hour and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, artists creatively respond to protest by changing the direction of their country’s culture.

Antonino D’Ambrosio’s Let Fury Have the Hour focuses on artists who grew up during the 1980s, when American culture was shifting towards individualism. Through their stories of searching for authenticity during a time of consumerism, cultural icons including Tom Morello, Chuck D, and Lewis Black share their personal tales of how they conveyed their anger with a creative response.

In a January 2013 interview with the comic book news site Comic Book Resources, Morello was interviewed for his first comic series “Orchid.” The series, which was penned by Morello, is an epic look at a sunken, ransacked Earth where most of the population lives in fear. This setting allowed the politically expressive Morello to blend monsters and messages with a tale of heroism and sacrifice.

In the comic, Morello focuses heavily on terrorism, rebellion and how personal perspective defines the two. Many of the characters in the series struggle with how much carnage they must wreak to create a better society. 

“That is one of the issues that I’ve wrestled with throughout my entire political and personal career,” said Morello to Comic Book Resources. “One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.” 

REACT to Let Fury Have the Hour:

SUPPORT youth art programs such as the National Young Arts Foundation, which nurtures young artists to enrich the community.

SHARE art with a message. Shepard Fairey, one of the artists interviewed in Let Fury Have the Hour, runs a sticker campaign that aims to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment. 

REACT and creatively respond to what changes you want to see in the world. 

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As seen in Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, one man can make a difference. Juxtaposed against strict censorship and a legal system known for a lack of communication, Weiwei is China’s biggest fan and critic. His art and criticism of domestic affairs have helped organize and drive people to take action through social media.

As reported by the art website Hyperallergic, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has commissioned Weiwei to create an animated short for the foundation’s “Love Is in My Blood” campaign to increase HIV awareness.

“This work is about love, about a need for all to be concerned with life,” Weiwei told the foundation of the video. He hopes his video will help others to overcome the social stigma associated with being HIV-positive.

REACT to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry:

EXPERIENCE Ai Weiwei’s creative response for yourself in his exhibit Ai Weiwei: According to What? It will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden until February 24, 2013 before traveling to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Once there, it will be open from April 5 through July 21, 2013.

LEARN more about life under the Communist Party of China, and the occupation of Tibet through the Free Tibet movement.

FOLLOW Ai Weiwei on Twitter at @Aiww (Translated English account: @AiwwEnglish)! Embracing the digital revolution is what brought much of Weiwei’s social activism beyond China’s borders. Never retreat, retweet!

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