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The Oscars


The Oscars took place last night. I just saw that Birdman won both bests and it was well deserved. Saw it a couple of days ago and was impressed with the incredible choreography of it all. Must have been such a beast of a piece to dream up, and the logistics of filming it...a very well deserved golden man to Mr Iñárritu.
Also very pleased that Julianne Moore got rewarded even though I didn't see the movie, but I am sure she was fantastic, because she always is. Since I loved Whiplash I was just happy it got a nod, and of course, JK Simmons was magnificent, made me both want to slap him and love him in the scope of that hour and forty long thrill ride. This year the contenders were all very impressive, and a movie buff like myself always feels grateful when they are. Hollywood seems to have changed. What before looked, at least to me, to be a comercially driven vehicle where political correctness was given more importance than the truly innovative, is now becoming a celebration of artistery and forward thinking. Whiplash, Birdman and The imitation game were all excellent movies and besides being brilliantly crafted and executed, they were also outspoken, without too many obvious pointers towards right and wrong, good and bad. Which of course is what the world needs right now.

If we jump across the pond and land back here in Europe, where governments are failing and falling, we are faced with crisis, fear and chaos. The general population is slowly waking up to the fact that the light at the end of the tunnel is not going to be provided by the people who call themselves leaders. A knowledge that breeds both hopelessness and revolutionism, but I think we all agree, we're at the brink of something that has the potential to dramatically change the way we percieve life. Hidden or not so hidden dictatorships and police states where Big brother gets even more nosey than he already is, or perhaps as a reaction to the growing feeling that that is already happening, anarchy and violent revolution.
The way to meet these changes must come from a more widespread transformation of how we view the world, ourselves and what we perceive to be the enemy. Simply because we cannot afford to commit clumsy errors now, we cannot afford to point fingers and conveniently blame 'them' anymore. Doing so would only add fuel to the fire and in this day and age, that fire, can literally burn down the whole world. One inconsiderate move and it's the end of life as we know it. Humanity has to grow the fuck up. It's time.

We've tried to divide the world into good and bad, heaven and hell. We've tried to let the sweet taste of more better and faster allow us to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the state of affairs and the state of our earth. We've looked to media to provide us with some intelligent unbiased information of what is really going on but get such a poor subjective version of truth that it is bordering on the ridiculous. We've tried to baragain our way out of this conundrum by technological advancement and by advancing our knowledge of science, but we're still driving this mother ship and all it's passengers towards destruction by not working towards affecting that which in essence is the reason for the impending demise, the insecurity of the individual, the feeling of separation from one another and the ignorance greed, envy, lying and intolerance that comes in it's wake. It's time for the internal revolution to happen. These events of violence and protests, the rapid changes of climate and the general direction of doom and gloom we are all silently witnessing, are a call for us to shape up for real. Not just enthusiastically agree with the politically correct to silence our guilt and appear 'good', but to truly investigate who we are, how we through living with all these unresolved conflicts and fears are silently cooperating with insanity by not working full time with our own.
Things are vastly different now. It's not so easy to pinpoint a common enemy that is to be held accountable for our misery, there are too many crooked leaders to just pin down one as the bad guy. There are too many variables in the change of climate to blame just the gas and oil industry, car industry, government or bank. Too much knowledge accessible for us to blame misleading information or misunderstandings on the media moguls and politicians. Too much variety for us to feel like helpless victims that 'didn't know better'. The sheer volume of the diversity present in our times leaves us with no more excuses. It's time to take individual responsibility.

I see this sense of responsibility in the visual arts, coming from such an unlikely place as Hollywood. The series, movies and TV programming that I come across is really intelligent, it's of course is only a fraction of what is out there, but I do see the big stuff, the stuff that wins golden globes and golden men, and some of it is really inspiring and inspirational. Not so many years ago that was called alternative, now it's what is mainstream. That to me signals hope, because the visual arts is a powerful medium, one that our youth turns to when looking for role models. One that we use to look for heroes. And to see humans being portraied as being human without being good or bad, or being good and bad, is such a relief. To see these portraits of people being unashamedly themselves is giving birth to a new brand of hero, one whose feats we can relate to and find similarity with in ourselves.

For me to feel both love and hate for a character is an experience that is relatively new. Dimension and diversity, the fact that it's being portraied and actually recieved with praise gives me a tiny little glimmer of a, 'well maybe it's not so dark after all' kind of feeling. So let's give it up for the example we see in the visual arts world, for an industry that is dirty, rotten and corrupt, but at least has the balls to admit to it. Here's to Hollywood!

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