I think, the intention of our work is to grab people’s attention and change the conversation in a way. And I think, that – you know, like underlying all of that is this idea, that like who we tell ourselves we are is, who we become. And what we accept to be like the, you know, this is the status quo, the relations and all these things must be reimagined for our future, you know. That’s sustainable. And we need to, like basically train each other, to allow our imagination to move beyond the present, you know. Sometimes that means looking way in the past, to know, that, you know, we weren’t always like living in like feudal times – like things do actually change, but we must allow ourselves the capacity to imagine that. So, yes, shifting the conversations and thinking like in a much broader, longer way is something that’s one of our major intentions right now.
Well, I think it does start with education. It does start with talking with like, you know, younger people, who, I think like innately know that the way that the system, that they were born into, is unnatural to some degree. So, I think, there is this kind of like unspoken understanding, that there is something unnatural unfolding, you know. And, that there – that the way things are is not the way they must be. So, I think, we want to continue, to like have that conversation with the next generation, as they come up.
Five, ten years ago, like you couldn’t even imagine like the presidential nominees in the US talking about reparations. But now they are. And they seriously have been talking about it, you know. And, that’s just something, that people really couldn’t imagine. Like, just a couple years ago. So, you know, you can push culture and you can shift things. So, even though, like there is a lot to be upset about, I think, if you don’t recognize some progress along the way, then you lose complete hope and you don’t have anything worth fighting for. Because you don’t think, anything can ever change. And that’s simply not the case.
When we started out making DIS.art we had that like slogan like inspire – I don’t even remember, what it was – and it’s like inform, inspire and like mobilize the next generation. And I think that really is, what we’re trying to get out, in a way. Connecting with disparate narratives and teaching people, how to connect narratives, that don’t necessarily, like make like direct sense, but in fact they make a lot of sense.