When I was young, I wanted to change the world, growing up in our critical times I got wiser, I realize that I should start changing myself first, my house and furnishing, my everyday way of living; on top of all my aesthetics.
Aesthetics is the human perception of beauty. By promoting artistic activism and socially engaged interventional works, the WHB seeks for artists whose ideas and approach could exercise considerable influence on the aesthetic position of the White House, the American Abbey of Democracy. Artists who could irrefutably reshape President’s perception about his office and house interior. Should we argue that certain spatial aesthetics could create crucial conditions for the decisions we take? Exceeding our mood and emotions, can they affect deeper our spirituality, consciousness, or even our ethics? Is it possible that a small household can comprise a small fortification of everyday resistance to the razing bourgeois power of the contemporary globalized civilization? Can it be the idiotype of a gym for our daily practice of those mechanisms that hold us alert? Are a subversive routine and an alternative lifestyle indispensable conditions for achieving general radicalness in social change? Is it possible that our house itself is indeed the beehive of revolt?
At our troubled times, when everyone feels the necessity to go out and shout – joining forces with the rest of the protesters in the crowded streets – the WHB gives the possibility to the participants, coming from a wide range of disciplines, to express even their very personal fears and believes, to exchange ideas and demonstrate their opinions and demands, directly from their own houses. Contemplating the virtue of silence, the WHB could be considered as the first DOMESTIC BIENNIAL, operating as an online Greek Agora that enacts from house to House dialogical platforms and networks to communicate with each other but also with the House of the American Democracy. Artists through this amazing democratic arena of building metaphors and poetics, can inspire and advocate people making decisions and hopefully politicians and the government, offering new perspectives, help them practice different behaviors with each other, or have us all experiment with how we might be a better society. An online Agora, like WHB can help pave the way to new forms of communication for the future…
Domestic Agora (click here)