By Thomas Boguszewski and Michael McConnell
An abundance of cameras and global internet access have made everyone into photographers, filmmakers, and journalists. This new media of the masses has made a critical mass aware of the flaws in our system. Thus, artists pursuing social realism become redundant. In this era, what role do artists play?
I pledge to bend my art to a new purpose.
From here on out:
- I enact a resurgence of dreaming.
- I take responsibility to provide a plethora of alternatives to society.
- I posit potential solutions to the problems people face.
- I make my visions attainable, though they are born of dreams.
- I am aware of and celebrate human nature.
- I find hope not by denying reality, but by admitting to it and adapting it.
- I provide examples of how one can live a happy, virtuous life in a world where the traditional cycle —Schooling, employment, earning, consumption, procreation— has been exposed as flawed.
- I believe that we must never give up on happiness even when old methods have failed.
- I know it is folly to cling to failed methods!
- I actualize my personal visions.
- I also give voice to, and interpret the dreams of others.
- I depict characters who step outside the normal system.
- I break the rules and make my own.
- I encourage others to do the same.
- I make it clear that any world I dream may be useful and may make us happier, but is not the best possible world.
- I do not know the one right way to do things.
- I do not have all the answers (anyone who says he does is out to hurt you.)
- I know that this set of goals is only right for certain times and purposes. There are many wonderful reasons to make art out there.
- I do not sanctify this or any document.
- I break this pledge whenever I want.