Exploring Ideologies

The special protest issue of Belio, subtitled They Live, We Rise, comes with anaglyphic glasses

For creatives, the need to get a campaigning message across on behalf of a client can offer great opportunities to innovate. For example, the London and Belfast-based agency rehabstudio recently produced a website and YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/formers) focusing on the radicalisation of youth and how it can be prevented.

Initiated by Google think tank Google Ideas, the project was launched to coincide with a summit in Dublin which brought together former radicals and survivors of terrorism. The big achievement for rehabstudio was in making the YouTube channel fully functional in the iPad’s Safari browser using HTML5 and other technologies.

One of the downloadable images to be viewed with the glasses

For other creatives, the desire to put across their own worldview is what makes them push the boundaries. One example is a special edition of Belio (beliomagazine.com), the bilingual Spanish/English art magazine published in Madrid. Subtitled They Live, We Rise, the issue is intended “to invite the readers to be part of an artistic act of protest”.

Editorial directors Javier and Pablo Iglesias Algora say the issue was inspired by John Carpenter’s sci-fi movie They Live, which depicts a world where subliminal messages are used to keep society docile. That world begins to unravel when the hero puts on special glasses that let him see what is really going on. The print version of the special issue comes with a set of anaglyphic glasses to reveal the hidden meanings in the digital edition, which can be freely downloaded from their website.

Belio aims to be about much more than art, and has supported protest linked to campaigns centred around the #Spanishrevolution, #Takethesquare and #15M hashtags on Twitter. Its creators consider the very act of reading it in public to be a form of protest.