‘The arts reminding people, with and without technology, what it means to be human.’
‘Our journey took us from an acknowledgement in the past of what the human being intrinsically is versus extrinsically. For us, this is all about the communication of personal stories and expression of self, faith, religion, innovation, and song.
When we track this through, we see more diversity and pluralism along with a lot more fear in the face of technology.
With the exponential rate of change; more data from more technology, for example, we can see a positive influence of empowerment to the individual. Peoples’ expressions can be noticed more and more.
However, we started to really focus on the heightening anxiety coming from things like the dialectic between fake news on one hand and media perpetuating myths of objective truth on the other. We see false promises, data as a new faith, a loss of meaning; a real existential crisis hurtling towards us.
Heading into this clash we have a series of future threats, a real debate around ethics and governance and how we make a way forward. Of course we found it very easy to fall into catastrophising which we are not going to go into any more now.
What we decided to focus on was the role of arts in humans as reminding us we are connected social beings. We know this is true from the past, we know this to be true in the present, so through the meshing of all different parts of humanity we believe this will be true for the future as well.
For us, the role of the arts is to interrogate the ‘how’ we keep people attached to what it is to be human. This is very important; that the ‘how’ involves creativity. Through this lens, and looking at the role of the arts as story, identity and movement, we could see the pivotal part of the role of creatives tomorrow.’