People love to hang onto the notion that the graffiti movement is one that is full of gangs, testosterone, pride, and vandalism. Here’s proof positive that the movement does work in positive ways, and is making very interesting (and inexpensive) progress on a specific project – Eye Writer.
My friend Felix brought this to my attention and it’s really fascinating. I highly recommend you give it a look. Basically, this project is working to empower those suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) with a means of being creative, and active in their community. Active? Yes, via the eye-tracking apparatus that allows graffiti writers to write with their eyes…and their tags are then displayed via projector.
It is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes.
ALS is a neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and eventually death. To donate, and help move research along, please do so at the following link: http://www.alsa.org/donate/default.cfm