"WHERE TO ? ARE WE STRIDING FORWARD"
In response to our behavior as a society in the Corona crisis with a view to upcoming challenges.
Thoughts on the project
The corona pandemic hit most of us quite unexpectedly and suddenly. The measures taken, the first lockdown that brought almost the entire economy to a standstill, stopped air traffic, reduced traffic in the cities to a comfortable level for a short time ... all of this has shown us: if we want, we can work together mobilize that enable changes quickly and achieve great results (at least my personal experience from the first lockdown in March / April 2020). After the first successful lockdown, summer came and it happened: felt nothing. Then came the second wave over the summer: you reacted much too late. Displacement, short-term profit thinking, political calculation, a lack of communication - whatever led to it - the result was that more and more people were lost on the way without orientation and at a loss (tip of the iceberg: the corona demos), the economic damage is immensely high and the opportunity has not yet been used to set off in a new direction, to paint a horizon towards which one could strive together in order to tackle the great challenges ahead (climate crisis, digitization, basic income, democracy, migration, etc.) . The corona crisis could have been used to involve the population through transparent decision-making and communication, to provide information, to demand and exemplify everyone's responsibility for everyone, so that the most free, democratic society possible could function in the future. From my perception, that has been neglected up to now.
The incredibly fast development of vaccination, which is based on the pooling of common resources, was another positive surprise and shows that we are excellently positioned when it comes to technical progress. The egoistic struggle for vaccination doses by people, states and associations of states against one another reveals that we are severely lacking holistic thinking, acting in solidarity and foresight.
The parallels between the corona and climate crises - the latter has been giving me pause for decades - are the background of my series "Resonanz", which I started at the end of 2019: analog ink pictures that I made in Les editions before the first lockdown read artfabriek digitized and then digitally edited, colored and texted during the various lockdowns and now presented as a poster (print: druck.at) in our group traveling exhibition.
Series "Resonanz" - Indian ink on bamboo Hahnemühle 2019 - digitally colored and edited 2020/2021