‘And I’m screaming at my loved ones to wake up and love more,
I’m pleading with my loved ones to wake up and love more’
We need you.
We know they’ve made it hard. We know they’ve tried to undermine you. We know sometimes you don’t say what you really think in case it affects your funding. We know that you are phenomenally talented and should be better rewarded. We know you’re tired and feeling unloved. But we need you. We really need you.
As we look back on the last year and try to make sense of everything, we're becoming more and more convinced of one thing. If we are to be saved, individuals, and in particular creative individuals are going to save us.
Political parties aren’t going to save us. Corporations aren’t going to save us. The media certainly isn’t going to save us. Flags, badges, marches, speeches and blogs AREN’T going to save us.
People hear what they want to hear. They apply their lens to the dialogue and make it mean whatever they need it to. They will perform spectacular mental gymnastics to ensure that they’re world view is in place. This is why Trump can openly contradict himself, because the people who wan’t to make America great again will filter out the stuff they don’t like to justify the stuff that they do. It’s why religions talk about faith and NI politicians talk about green and orange so much. If the arguments fall short, faith will get you over the line.
Then there is art. Art is a feeling not an argument. Songs make you cry and you’ve no idea why. Comedy makes you laugh at yourself and question things. Fiction allows us to take ideas and tease them out to a theoretical conclusion. Artist can say things no-one else can, because it’s art.
Right now we need that. We need provocation, we need artists to talk about the stuff that no-one else will talk about and most of all we need inspired. We need hope.
So we're asking you artists, we're asking you to take risks. We're asking you to poke and prod at the things that are so wrong with where we are and where we’re heading. We can’t fix this without you. We don’t need artists for tourism, or for economic development, or health, or community relations, (although you’re good for that), we need artists to save us.
It’s not going to be easy. Political forces, corporations and the establishment in general want art to get people to tap their feet, and laugh and cry at meaningless trinkets. They want you to be neutral. They want you to be nice.
Fuck nice. Let’s challenge everything.
As always at Seedhead we will continue to work hard to find platforms (and paid work) for you. That’s our plan for 2017 - find ways to showcase art that will challenge and transform.
So what have you got?