An international one minute manifesto for you this morning, from Isa Maubach. Isa is based in Mannheim and is a writer and a thinker and a van-dweller and a raver and an all-round human being. Thanks very much to her for contributing such a lovely piece.
The world’s going to shits. Ruins. All down the drain. At least, that’s what it looks like to me. And what can we do about it? “Fucking nothing,” is what I hear a lot for an answer.
I disagree. Strongly.
What’s art got to do with the downfall of the world? Everything, I’d say. We’re all enacting stories. Every day, all the time. Because it’s part of the human condition, because we need them as much as air and food. What else is art than a form of dealing with the world and our lives in it?
Basically it’s like this: we depend on heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, visionary stories and world views, told and presented by passionate, fierce performers, writers and artists. That might actually be the only chance we’ve got. All of us, whether so-called professionals or not. Because in society as a social sculpture as Joseph Beuys called it, we’re all artists. And desperately needed.