The Simple Issue
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The last year and a half didn’t necessarily feel like a walk in the park for the very majority of us, concluding in the unfortunate fact that it actually shouldn’t be so goddamn exhausting just to be alive. Life might be the most exciting when you need to improvise, but if exception turns into a forced routine, the figure climbing out of the ashes can only be a damaged one in the end.
The pandemic turned into a cultural nightmare as restrictions gave corporations the carte blanche to finally abandon culture from their expenses for good. Small businesses are eaten up by delivery companies running on exploitation models. Social interactions are declared as being irresponsible. Pharma affiliates can’t legally be held accountable for any possible failure of their product. Consent culture is forcing a corset on second thoughts while doctrines and technocracy high-five each other. Welcome to the new now.
And that’s exactly why we close 2021 with The Simple (Life) Issue, an essential antidote for a predominately tiring year. It’s bursting with off the cuff visual grandeur, floating off into your subconscious and beyond while delivering a colorful slice of life to prove that things still feel free for those who dream.
“Baby, life’s what you make it, celebrate it, anticipate it, yesterday’s faded, nothing can change it, life’s what you make it“ - Mark Hollis
Have a prosperous year. Godspeed 1984
In my work I often use a philosophical game that the ancient Greeks used to play: removing one and one part until you find the essence of an object. Is a shoe without laces still a shoe? Probably. Is a person without a head still a person? Probably not. I wanted to see what we are left with when all symbols and subjects are gone. - Ove Kvavik
To me films are weird spiritual entities that are independent of you, they come into your life from the cosmos and point you in ways - if you’re available for it - that you weren’t pointed to before. - Mike Mills