Lightning and low grey clouds. Brave
riders. With courage. What a romantic
and hopeful picture in the 70s.
The viewer's view of this apocalyptic scene was a view from the outside, from far away, or at least far enough away. How the view on the future has changed. Today we are no longer watching the storm - we are riding it - we are the storm - we cause it.
That is why this scene of apocaplypsis was to be captured with a dashcam today. In the past, yes, the storm was caused by the others. Today, we can no longer deny the connection between crisis and our own behaviour.
Many have recognised this and have
already changed their behaviour or
attitude. Just as many ignore
everything, hope that the cup will pass
them by, bury their heads in the sand.
A few turn on full throttle. Extra. Because there is only one life. Theirs. And then there are a few who turn every crisis into a success.
This is post-modernity. It is determined by plurality.
Our Western plurality refers to the multiplicity of life realities or better: to the right of different life designs as a basic constitution of society.
Plurality allows for different forms of knowledge and patterns of action. This is quite contrary to the great meta-narratives of modernity, which aimed at a unity of knowledge and a uniform truth. But is that still true today? Can these different life plans be realised at all? Doesn't it just remain a promise?
Is there diversity of opinion and a culture of debate?
Riding the Storm means being alert. But it also means necessarily disobedience, breaking the rules, refusal and this means resistance.
So our view of the future has changed - shaped by our concerns about an all in all incomprehensible world. Yet we lack a shared assessment of the situation. For the more unjust and chaotic the world becomes, the clearer it becomes how polarised we are. For the struggle for resources and power is rooted in our own individual greed. A trap we have set for ourselves.
Theoretically we know it: an image is not an unquestionable guarantor of past reality. Images unfold their own dynamics.
The project Riding the Storm delves into this tangle of pitfalls, challenges, promises and hopes of our "post-modern" life. The romantic image of the apocalypse from the 70s has not been able to hold up in the flood of events of recent years. But the events became a flood of data. And we thought they were just pictures.
But every current situation triggers
new consequences. Unmanageable. The only
victory of globalisation. The individual
thought and still thinks of himself as
helpless, powerless. A pity. An unused
Because the struggle for resources and power has its roots in our own, single, individual greed. The more unjust and chaotic the world becomes, the clearer it becomes how polarised we are. We lack a common assessment of the situation.
This present work,
entitled RIDING THE STORM, is presented as fictional, fake and fact-based information that moves between the romantic image of the apocalypse from the 1970s and the flood of data on the current situation. Using videos and images generated by algorithms, the work illustrates the absurdity of the global situation, but also describes the small actions of individuals that feed the storm we are in...