What the heck is feisty activism? And why do I flip phones?
Many people have asked me these questions. My answers are not often satisfactory; but then what answer would be?!
I insist that when I flip phones it is a type of feisty activism; an art form and sociopolitical commentary; absurdist performance art; revolution. I suppose feisty activism can take on many different forms and mediums, so long as it can be described as above.
For me, it's flipping phones. Basically, what that means is that every time I see a payphone, I flip it upside-down. Or is it downside-up? How do we even determine which side is the upside or downside? Why is it that if it's turned back, it's called "right-side up"? How can the side of a phone be right or wrong? I believe that the answers to these questions are important. When a person approaches a phone that is "upside-down," they are forced to reckon, even if only for a short moment, the answers to these questions. Plus I think there is something profoundly symbolic about flipping a phone "upside-down". The act is quite literally "revolutionary", as to flip a phone requires a revolution; and for another to flip it back requires their own mini revolution.
For more on how these ideas were formed in my mind, feel free to peruse the articles I've written, linked below. They were logged as my journeys around the world came to a close in August 2007.
On Communication // On Flipping Phones // On Revolution
I invite any and everyone to join me! If you do, please join the facebook group! Then please also e-mail me to let me know what cities you flipped and, if you have them, send pics to be added to the gallery below!