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NOV 2014

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David Gran you can blow up your images to any size and enlarge them across multiple pages that can be printed out individu- ally. Two online tools that can help you are [the unfortunately named] Rasterbator ( rasterbator.net ), which will convert even low-resolution images to giant rasterized ones; and Blockposters ( blockposters.com ), which will also print out giant posters by enlarging the pixels. Both programs will create posters that may look blurry when seen up close, but appear clear from a distance. Of course, the Inside Out Project does not impose any size restrictions, and a mural made up of individual letter-sized por- traits of your students could make a powerful impact. Inside Out in Shanghai When we found the Shanghai photo booth hidden in the back parking lot of the Magda-Danysz Gallery, many posters of both local Shanghainese and expats already covered most of the face of a five-story warehouse. Shanghai is a city of great variety and extremes, and as is the case in most big cities, it is easy to feel isolated. However, as my family and I added our portraits to the wall, it was hard not to feel like we were taking our place in the community. David Gran teaches high-school art and film classes at the Shanghai American School in China and is the author of The Carrot Revolution, a blog about twenty- first century art education, carrotrevolu- tion.blogspot.com. dsgran@yahoo.com more than 11,000 participants in 108 countries around the world. Anyone Can Participate You don't need to seek out a photo booth truck in order to participate in the Inside Out Project. Anyone can participate by creating a "group action" ( www.insideoutproject.net/ en/participate ). This is something that you can do with your classes or your entire school. The only stipula- tions are that you cannot use the proj- ect for commercial purposes, and the portraits cannot include any branding or copyrighted material. Once you've decided on a theme and title for your project, you can photograph your students yourself and send the photos to the Inside Out Project, where they will print them out as black-and-white posters for you. A $20 donation is suggested to keep the project going, but they are happy to send them to you for free if there is financial need. Logistics If you have a wide-format printer for giant photos and some wheat paste, you've got all the tools you need. If you don't have a wide-format printer B ack in April of this year, SchoolArts editor, Nancy Walkup posted a link on my Facebook page about the arrival of artist JR's mobile photo- booths in Shanghai. Although I had seen JR's Wish Prize-winning 2011 TED Talk ( www.ted.com/talks/jr_s_ ted_prize_wish_use_art_to_turn_ the_world_inside_out ), I had no idea that participating in the project would be such a powerful experience. The Inside Out Project The Inside Out Project ( www.inside- outproject.net ) is a global collabora- tive project that asks participants to contribute their portrait to a greater cause. An earlier iteration of the proj - ect was one in which JR posted giant portraits of Israelis and Palestinians side-by-side. Each poster showed the faces of Israelis and Palestinians doing the same jobs and established con - nections in a region that is defined by divisiveness. JR has created several versions of this project all over the world, but at its core, the project forces people to challenge their own assump - tions about the world they live in. JR's mobile photo booths make var- ious stops in cities around the world to take pictures of the individuals that make up each community. The portraits are then printed and pasted in huge murals on public walls. At last count, the Inside Out Project had David and his family participating in the Inside Out Project in Shanghai. @ R + Turning the World Inside Out 22 November 2014 SchoolArts

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