Sleek #07 Summer 2005 Resist|Adapt
To resist or to adapt? Not so long ago even the most fundamental of life’s decisions were easy: The church prescribed what to think and the state how to act. Today, we enjoy the dubious privilege of having only ourselves to answer to for our decisions. We now have the possibility and the necessity to invent and keep reinventing ourselves. What previously was permitted only to the privileged few has become the responsibility for most of us. Set against this background, sleek 07 focuses on how visually creative individuals respond to the challenge. The Parisian artist collective la forge conquers public space, resisting the law of the land. Japanese artist Tatsurou Bashi is so ingenious about adapting elements within the public sphere that he forces us to question our conventions about how we look at things. Debora Mittelstaedt portrays pubescent young people caught between rebellion and obedience. George Bernard Shaw – quoted here in a visualization by Christian Küpker – elegantly stands the conventions of the usefulness of resisting and adapting on its head: it’s not reason and adaptation that drives progress, rather resistance and irrationality.