OM THEM statement

” OM  THEM” is a public art project based in New York,
which, by means of linguistic play, aims to raise
awareness of the power of language in the handling of
conflict, in the realms of both politics and every day life.

In “ OM  THEM” we begin with the phrase BOMB THEM
(back to the stone age). We then remove the letter B
from the word BOMB while leaving the spaces that letter
occupied, thus leaving a trace of the original word.
What remains is the word OM, which is the sacred sound
or word of the Eastern meditation traditions.
This “word play” illustrates how minor changes,
in this case the removal of two letters, create a difference
in meaning and, it points out how a word of peace can
exist almost unseen within a word of aggression.

It is our purpose to move beyond this word “trick” to
an outlook that searches for the possibilities of
harmony within and behind the readily available public
rhetoric of aggression. Politicians often claim to go
to war precisely to bring about peace. They claim
that the ends justify the means. We do not believe
this to be true, though it may appear to be the easier
and quicker solution. Indeed peace is often the more difficult
path. And the road to peace may be well hidden when
violence and aggression promise immediate results.

Our project takes language as its base. The OM within
BOMB provides a symbolic starting point, encouraging
us to find ways to change our own use of language and,
hopefully, as a consequence, change our response to
conflict.