2018 – Keywords for Change

Interregnum final - detailThis is a call to artists, poets, writers, performers, philosophers, true amateurs and professionals:

Bring Your Own Art

BYOA (Bring Your Own Art) on January 1 2018, to the RIA Project Room. RIA’s New Year’s Day opening, which has become a tradition, starts out with empty walls. The exhibition grows that very afternoon, when people bring in their own art on a theme that has been announced a couple of months previously.

The theme for RIA’s BYOA 2018 is: Keywords for Change

Contact researchinart.ria@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

Scroll down and read some of the many words that we have come across in my recent readings on capitalism, colonialism, climate change and news articles and commentary on wars and famines, mass displacements, tyranny and neo-fascism. We live in bizarre and horrendous times, but we must rally around. Amidst the horror and sadness, we’ve have found and collected positive words, keywords for change.

How to stay positive, even find reasons to celebrate, is a question that is at the heart of this year’s New Year’s Day event. we invite you to adopt one of these words, run with it, act on it, talk about it, do it, create it,  give it shape. Think video, painting, poetry, sculpture, performance, lecture and writing and even venture out beyond these genres.

Perhaps together, looking at all those words in our own particular ways, we can come a bit closer to an answer to the question of what role art can play in these unstable times, when so much is to be done.

Equality – critical engagement – adaptation – commonality – empathy – vibrancy – proposition – new order – manifesto – new world – imagined world – possible world – realistic – restoration – cooperation – collaboration – inclusivity – diversity – belonging- connectivity – equality – participation – indigenization – interruption – kindness – responsibility – justice – solidarity  – sharing – belonging – interdependency- coalition –  we help each other—-

and any other words you think fit in this list.