How to understand and reflect on our culture
Circumstances under which the Millennialists grew up
I am introducing phenomena above the millennium generation I've invented to describe the time, we are living in. I call it: "MILLENNIAL ART" - A contemporary reflective point of view on art. Millinnealists came to the world in the time counting approx 1978 - 2004, and thus this is the ruling generation right now, the youngsters! Those who set the norms for the culture, and thus the art should represent them as well. But having the existing phenomena: "Contemporary art", shouldn't that be covering our time? Maybe, but anyway I think the descriptive form: Contemporary art is very abstract in its form, and leaves me with one big: Contemporary what? To embrace everything in one big category named: "Contemporary" leaves me with everything as good as nothing. I feel the need for something about this generation to reflect on. Who are they - These "Millinnialists" - the generation Y? what moves them and how is our globe developing with them leading?
I was born in 1967 and during my teenage years, the computer appeared in our cultural landscape, first with public game-machines, which little by little developed a true gamer culture, where friends crowded together with their coins and cigarettes in certain halls or grill-bars, where these machines were placed.
I hated this unstoppable machine culture and feared the consequences of the future human being. I saw human children formed as part of the machines in a figure of boxes. - Well --- Observing my 13-year-old kid today, who should give me all answers on previous worries - Hmmm! Was I right or was I wrong? Were all my worries in wain, it would be because I simply hadn't sufficient imagination to imagine a life, where man and machine are integrated units and still happy, but never the less, that seems to be our reality today.
So I was wrong in my fearing these computer's impact on human life, but still, I will not bove over and consider machines capable of any kind of sensibility or feeling. The need to being physically together with other people is an eternal heritage, that you won't ever change, and surely it's one of the eternal themes, that you as an artist always will be able to touch every generation with. Only is it important to observe in which circumstances these themes perform? The fundamental human needs are still the same, it's moreover the circumstances one has to focus on additively. For instance, changed habits and behavior accordingly with the ethical correctness and environment or not less: Climate changes, which has become the greatest headline right now.
To navigate in all present circumstances, that could affect the content in an artwork, I find it useful to establish an overview board with headlines, describing the culture of the Millinnealists: