As artists, a great many of us find ourselves outcast... More often than not as a result of our irregular habits and unconventional perspectives on the world. Others still, turn to art as a method of self expression as a result of their exclusion. Maybe some of you floated through high-school on a gentle wave of marshmallow cream and puppies... but I get the sense that most people had a difficult time. I certainly did.
If our mantle as artists, as producers rather than strict consumers of media, means ANYTHING in the broader social sense it is this; It is up to us to be as inclusive and understanding of the downtrodden, the suffering, and the legions of self-proclaimed freaks who also practice our strange craft.
We are no strangers to the flaunting of convention, to baring our teeth or raising our fists in the service of a worldview that often takes the seething energy of life and lays it bare and beautiful. It is this passion that makes our community unique, and when the social cost of practicing art, enduring the turbulence of criticism and the pains of improvement grinds down our practiced cynicism we are granted an opportunity to band together for the downtrodden and the lost. To depend upon each other in our moment of weakness. To share in every facet of the human experience, and to support each other in our mutual fragility.
Which brings me to this video. It Venn diagrams perfectly with what I'm talking about. Clearly the product a great many creative minds working in collusion for the greater good. Simply as an aesthetic experiment it succeeds... But more importantly! Its message should be one that we as artists, as the recipients and shapers of human experience, can comprehend. Please check it out!