The world does not change overnight, because people cannot change in a minute. If you take the sum total of human wakefulness per day, it will probably amount to about 16 hours across the planet in all 24 time zones. In total that makes about 384 hours of human activity, daily, which is not an enormous amount of participation in all the disasters around us.
The fact that there are billions of us awake and planning to make mistakes in consecutive time zones, while others are shutting down for the day already having made theirs, does have some bearing on the way things are.
Even soldiers have to sleep.
Artists are here to remind us that productivity does not have to include ruthless conflict. When you want to take it up with our management, there is none. It’s highly unlikely that there’s been an artist in history who’s been ‘managed’ in the true sense. We are wonderfully unmanageable.
Artists are also here to remind you that our main form of management is to manage space. Not the thing that astronauts float around in, but two dimensional space on a flat plain.
By managing space we also manage the way we approach creatures in space. We may be like ships passing in the night, but I’m not a battleship — I prefer to be like a pleasure liner or a party yacht that makes you green with envy.
Art about human connection is not very common these days. That’s why the pictures have a playfulness that says, ‘come play with us.’ Now we just need to keep on making new friends.