ART WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

This year the judges of Britain's most prestigious art prize, The Turner, have nominated three women and a housing estate.

 Click here to read "Turner Prize 2015 Shortlist: Three Women – And a Housing Estate". By Mark Brown.  The Guardian. May 12th, 2015

Click here to read "Turner Prize 2015 Shortlist: Three Women – And a Housing Estate". By Mark Brown.  The Guardian. May 12th, 2015

We endorse judge Alastair Hudson's statement that “In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?” 

What's got everybody talking is a direct action collective, Assemble, of 18 young designers and architecture graduates who have helped breathe new life into a rundown Liverpool housing estate.

“This is what’s happening,” Hudson said. “It is working away from art as entertainment. These are artists working in very specific circumstances to make something happen, to make something change. It’s very positive for the future of art – they are trying to do something rather than just represent something.

OLD POWER VS NEW POWER

Disruptive change creates winners and losers.  Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms give us a great framework to understand this shift in their "New Power" article in the HBR.

 Click  here  to read the article by  Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.  

Click here to read the article by  Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.  

 "When you hear people talk about the future, they most often describe a '2.0' world. Education 2.0. Politics 2.0. Media 2.0. This is a small metaphor for a huge change, falsely promising us incremental shifts that are largely to do with technology.

As if tomorrow will just be a digitally enhanced version of yesterday."

We like their insight that a more fundamental and more human transformation is taking place driven by a growing tension between two distinct forces – Old Power and New Power.
"Old Power works like a currency. It is held by few. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads. It commands.

New Power works like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads. It shares."

 

WHICH POWER MODEL ARE YOU OPERATING WITH?