Seize the Opportunity for Change

In the wake of Obama’s victory, we must rise together and manifest a cultural shift.

Despite today’s euphoria, when Barack Obama takes office in January 2009, he will inherit a decidedly grim reality. He will preside over a culture of overweight, overwrought and overextended Americans who may not have the capacity to sustain the sense of hope on which we are now so happily drunk.

He will have to stride unflinchingly into the economic aftermath brought about by an overgrown model and preach measure and moderation to a country that has long worshipped at the altar of consumption. He will be singularly charged with purifying our toxic collective consciousness, with eradicating the seeds of cynicism, apathy and malaise. Once inaugurated, Obama is Atlas – the weight of the world and its future resting on the shoulders of one man. Now is the time for us to truly rise. To come together as a single entity of disparate parts working to recreate American culture and resurrect the American dream. Our hopes, our dreams and our strength cannot concentrate in the body of one man. It is our job, as cultural creatives, jammers and meme warriors, to truly seize this opportunity for change. This is our window. The world is listening.

We are hopeful, we are strong, we are alive. The future is up for grabs – it's time to make our move. What will we do to carry this momentum forward?

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luckymortal

That "gibberish" was me exploring my feelings about this historical event with unrestricted creative licence. Not being bullied by "making sense" or "effectively" selling a political ideology. Just open exploration. But, thank you for offering your aesthetic critique. -->"Political art" is a contradiction in terms so any attempt at it is bound to fail. "Real socio/political communication" is never art it's manipulative propaganda. But as Jasper Johns says, "Art is either a complaint or do something else." -->"To impose a single text on readers is authoritarian and oppressive. Making texts visually ambiguous and difficult to fathom is respecting readers. --Kalle Lasn, Adbusters. -->The question of "clarity vs obscurity" is an old one in progressive-minded art. -->"Clarity" has greater breadth, is more approachable but leaves a lot of artists feeling like the snake-oil-salesmen we despise. Like we're dumbing things down for people and "selling" something. -->"Obscurity," the theory goes, has greater depth, forces an audience to commit, to really delve into something in order to get it. Plus, it feels nice to think your audience is smart enough to figure stuff out. Probably, the best art balances the two. -->to me, that gibberish didn't seem that difficult or "uppity" at all. Just honest, no dumbed down "selling." -->Anyway, thanks, it's an interesting topic....

luckymortal

That "gibberish" was me exploring my feelings about this historical event with unrestricted creative licence. Not being bullied by "making sense" or "effectively" selling a political ideology. Just open exploration. But, thank you for offering your aesthetic critique. -->"Political art" is a contradiction in terms so any attempt at it is bound to fail. "Real socio/political communication" is never art it's manipulative propaganda. But as Jasper Johns says, "Art is either a complaint or do something else." -->"To impose a single text on readers is authoritarian and oppressive. Making texts visually ambiguous and difficult to fathom is respecting readers. --Kalle Lasn, Adbusters. -->The question of "clarity vs obscurity" is an old one in progressive-minded art. -->"Clarity" has greater breadth, is more approachable but leaves a lot of artists feeling like the snake-oil-salesmen we despise. Like we're dumbing things down for people and "selling" something. -->"Obscurity," the theory goes, has greater depth, forces an audience to commit, to really delve into something in order to get it. Plus, it feels nice to think your audience is smart enough to figure stuff out. Probably, the best art balances the two. -->to me, that gibberish didn't seem that difficult or "uppity" at all. Just honest, no dumbed down "selling." -->Anyway, thanks, it's an interesting topic....

Mosobot64

-A messege from the internet mecha, Mosobot64 Mosobot64.deviantart.com ~~~ The shift is going to be into either a new modern era or a new Romantic era...perhaps a new eco-romatic era is possible, the ideal of human life defined as that of a being of great understanding being at harmony with the natural world. ~.~ The question is not "what is the point of art?" ~.~ The question is not "how does one change the world through art?" ~.~ The question is "What can we do with art?" ~.~ There is a tremendous amount of unlocked potential which we have yet to see come into being. Mostly because art has been encouraged, yet strangely distilled by corporate advertising. ~.~ Hopefully, soon, we'll see more individual and underground art come to take on the mainstream. I fact, I can see it a little already... ~~~

Mosobot64

-A messege from the internet mecha, Mosobot64 Mosobot64.deviantart.com ~~~ The shift is going to be into either a new modern era or a new Romantic era...perhaps a new eco-romatic era is possible, the ideal of human life defined as that of a being of great understanding being at harmony with the natural world. ~.~ The question is not "what is the point of art?" ~.~ The question is not "how does one change the world through art?" ~.~ The question is "What can we do with art?" ~.~ There is a tremendous amount of unlocked potential which we have yet to see come into being. Mostly because art has been encouraged, yet strangely distilled by corporate advertising. ~.~ Hopefully, soon, we'll see more individual and underground art come to take on the mainstream. I fact, I can see it a little already... ~~~

Anonymous

making magic + other comments of a new start are inspiring if Obama acts as a catalyst towards what i would define love, it´s absolutely great, undoubtedly and absolutely great but like said before here, he won´t do it for you. there can be a new start to all things anytime, so in that way there is nothing special in this time. to believe that "we" exist is a matter of taking everybody with you. otherwise there will be "them" and we all end up in where we started.

Anonymous

making magic + other comments of a new start are inspiring if Obama acts as a catalyst towards what i would define love, it´s absolutely great, undoubtedly and absolutely great but like said before here, he won´t do it for you. there can be a new start to all things anytime, so in that way there is nothing special in this time. to believe that "we" exist is a matter of taking everybody with you. otherwise there will be "them" and we all end up in where we started.

luckymortal

Absolutely right! We should not allow ourselves to be hypnotized by this "change" narrative just because THIS one feels good to US. These media/cultural narratives are always thought-stifling semi-truths. stifling. But to me, here are our choices: 1. Decide that this "change" movement siphons off pressure toward a more profound revolution, and so FIGHT IT. We tear Obama down with irony and cynicism. This is the battleground we're used to, right? 2. OR as AB suggests, we catch this spirit and run with it. We let ourselves be inspired by this moment when people have had enough and we build on it. But never as zombies. That's "magic:" you intuit all the forces coming together and find just the right time and place to push, and with just one finger.... CRASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we can find completely NEW ways to push. How to push?

luckymortal

Absolutely right! We should not allow ourselves to be hypnotized by this "change" narrative just because THIS one feels good to US. These media/cultural narratives are always thought-stifling semi-truths. stifling. But to me, here are our choices: 1. Decide that this "change" movement siphons off pressure toward a more profound revolution, and so FIGHT IT. We tear Obama down with irony and cynicism. This is the battleground we're used to, right? 2. OR as AB suggests, we catch this spirit and run with it. We let ourselves be inspired by this moment when people have had enough and we build on it. But never as zombies. That's "magic:" you intuit all the forces coming together and find just the right time and place to push, and with just one finger.... CRASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we can find completely NEW ways to push. How to push?

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