Oren Ailam believes that we all possess an internal weirdness, which we self-contain to satisfy social norms. Instead, we should project our weirdness into the public sphere, allowing it to raise dialogue and communication with others. Furthermore, he believes that shedding light on the most boring and mundane aspects of life is important. If we can find inspiration in the grayest areas of our being, we will develop a much richer appreciation for more thrilling aspects of life. As he sees it, extremely normal is still extreme.
Oren Ailam graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is a street artist and industrial designer. In his art, Oren integrates poetic writing and technology into street objects. He pushes the limits between collaboration with the municipalities and under-cover illegal street art.
His poems have provoked media attention and discussion, connecting him to diverse peoples, including adventurous travellers, victims of trauma, religious Jews who lost their faith, non-believers who found faith, the transgender community, and beyond.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx