Squeaky Clean is a building projection part of the High Line projection show "Canvas for Public Discourse" that critiques the white moderates, inspired by Martin Luther Kind Jr.’s letter.
"Canvas for Public Discourse", a projection show on the High Line, is supposed to spark a conversation about an important issue. The piece "Squeaky Clean" was inspired by a quote from MLK about the white moderate, and specifically intended to make 'white moderates' uncomfortable, and hopefully get them to reconsider their roles in social justice reform. The projection show played on the High Line in Chelsea, New York City on January 8th, 2018.
“I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’”
-Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Production and Editing: Akmyrat Tuyliyev
Writer/Director: Melissa Parker
Production Designer: Chester Dolls
Actors: Nikki Lowe, Keith Keyes, Karen Yuen, Charles Manning, Jonathan Parker, Rita Cheng, Lindsey Daniels
High Line Projection Show Curator: Andrew Lazarow
The projection was created with Adobe After Effects and projected with Isadora.