Are WE living in The End Times?
Artists Perspectives on Challenging Issues
According to the philosopher Slavoj Žižek ‘the end times’ can be considered as a terminal crises of global capitalism, worldwide ecological crisis, imbalances within the economic system, biogenetic revolution, exploding social divisions and ruptures. For now, with Covid-19 we are still living in a time with tensions and insecurities. How can WE continue – alone or together - to live with the pain points that have been exposed as a result?
How to act? As victim, as perpetrator? Apathetic or on the contrary revolutionary? How does an artist imagine when traditional answers are no longer sufficient? Anyway GROUND believes that art offers the imagination and can serve as ‘a hammer to shape reality’ (Bertolt Brecht). Shaking up its environment, giving it a ‘voice’, redefining, fusing or engaging inside and outside the art world. Artists thinking of alternatives, not avoiding
the points of pain in current events, and initiating dialogues on societal and political issues which could resemble methods and forms of art and activism. Archives: Ground 2018 website
In this context GROUND underlined the autonomy and philosophy of ‘leading life instead of submitting to it’. Art as a force for justice and equality, as a means to change the world and make it a better place. We must remember that since the arrival of the internet, such issues have become global, and can be brought to people's attention and in the media by individuals.