Conspiracy’ is taken to generally mean a plot conceived and carried out in secret. The term ‘Conspiracy Theory’ has a different connotation. ‘Conspiracy Theory’ is a label given to the composite facts of a Conspiracy when one is doubtful of the information’s credibility. This definition is important because it marks out which ‘world’ you come from.
There is The Cutting Edge – the edge that cuts – and this edge is dividing the world in two. In one world, we have a portion of humanity which aspires to become SELF-ACTUALISING. The is The Cutting Edge. It represents a new realm of understanding. We have not seen such a movement before in human history. And in the other world, we have ‘the rest’, that which lags, does not seek this new realm, and is still fumbling and floundering in its own pre-conceived notions of reality.
Part of the deal in becoming self-actualising is learning a new level of responsibility. And part of the deal in taking on this new level of responsibility is to actively seek out ANSWERS to the questions concerning the world in which we live, our reality. This means being very honest at heart. It means testing one’s pre-conceived notions of reality to breaking point. This represents the height of astuteness, and a new realm in human understanding. The printed word allowed people to educate themselves, the electronic distribution of textual information has allowed educated people to question WHERE the information comes from, WHO presents the information, and WHAT the information’s intentions are.
The problem is, the world in which we live is governed my mechanisms that are UNACKNOWLEDGED by the sources that we come into contact and grow up with. These sources include parents, teachers, doctors, media, and so on. Because these mechanisms are unacknowledged, they have to be seen in order to be known. And because they have to be seen first, one has to actually WISH to see them. In simply wishing to understand these unacknowledged mechanisms, we aspire to become self-actualizing: we can begin to develop an unmediated world-view, based on information that is credible in it’s “where?”, “who?”, and “what?”
Another curious property of the unacknowledged nature of our world: no matter how obvious and blatant these mechanisms may be, the fact that they go unmentioned lends them a ‘secret’ status. And so, the individuals identified as MAINTAINING these mechanisms can rightfully be called CONSPIRATORS: the perpetrators of a CONSPIRACY.
Why should this be considered a NEW phenomenon? Haven’t people always conspired against others in order to fulfill their aims? Yes, but what makes CONSPIRACY (or CONSPIRACY THOERY, if you do not yet have the facts) unique in our age is its TOTALITY. For the first time, conspiracy is WORLD-WIDE, INTEGRATED and ORGANIZED. How and why is this so?
It starts in the UK.
I have touched on the unmatched astuteness of our age. In terms of human history, we are educated, skeptical and eclectic to an unprecedented degree. This was not always the case.
There was a time when people BELIEVED that the King and Queen of England had a divine right to rule over the English land and the English people. There was a time when people lived in serfdom, and accepted this as normal, because they believed this was God’s wish, and the English Monarchy were direct conduits for God’s intentions. Today, in 2011, we have fully outgrown this idea. It is simply not true, and we all know it. How did we get from an unwavering belief in this fallacy, to being educated, skeptical and eclectic to the point where this fallacy is fully exposed?
Four hundred years ago, there was a realization that people FELT. That is to say, it didn’t come about through external experiment or the requirement for evidence. It was a realization that was SELF-EVIDENT. This self-evident fact is the realization of HUMAN RIGHTS. It was around four-hundred years ago, that people began to understand that they had A CLAIM to RIGHTS they BORN WITH. This idea allowed them to question the nature of the English Monarchy.
The Monarchy’s power had been fundamentally tested by self-evident fact. The power of Monarchies generally had survived on the supression of this fact, and people’s unquestioned beliefs. Now the nature of the monarchies’ oppression was exposed.
The invention of Human Rights therefore created a dichotomy: power could no longer be maintained in full view, or maintained by people’s beliefs. A new form of domination therefore survived as a means of circumventing Human Rights. This new form of domination is Conspiracy.
The portion of Humanity that seeks Self-Actualization represents The Cutting Edge because Humanity is once again – as a result of wishing to understand the world’s mechanisms – questioning the nature of power, determining the nature of Conspiracy, and formulating solutions to it. This portion of humanity is about to experience – not without problem, error or upset – a new Renaissance.
Now, where does this leave The Art World? The Art World is unable to subsume the idea of Conspiracy. It is unable because the invention of human rights reached so far in innovation, it trumped Art as the most direct expression of our reality. And as Monarchy ended, and Conspiracy took hold, Culture lagged because it was unable to access the nature of Conspiracy. How were we to know?
But now we can know! En masse! Now the nature of Conspiracy can be accessed by ANYONE who is curious. The electronic distribution of textual information has allowed educated people to access the nature of Conspiracy. You can verify the nature of conspiracy by reading the documents of international round-table discussion groups. You can verify the intentions of the individuals who attend these think-tanks by paying close attention to their words, which they candidly publish in magazines and autobiographies. You can verify the names of the individuals who take part in this conspiracy by understanding the mechanisms they use to keep power. You can easily find out the names associated with the central banking institutions, and the individuals they conscript and ally with. You can verify the specific acts of conspiracy by paying attention to those individuals who have been able to find out information by association, and are determined to ‘blow the whistle’. You can see past the sources presented in the mainstream, and seek the nature the mechanisms that are unacknowledged.
And now we know how to do this, The Art World is ripe for revival:
THIS IS A CLARION CALL TO ARTISTS WHO WISH TO BE AT THE CUTTING EDGE. THIS IS THE CURTAIN CALL TO ARTISTS WHO WISH TO EARN THE DISTINCTION OF BECOMING TRULY AVANT-GARDE, WHO WISH TO RISE OUT OF THE FOUR HUNDRED YEAR-OLD DIRECTION OF THE PRE-APPROVED:
WE WILL EDUCATE OURSELVES ON THE CONSPIRACIES PERPETRATED AGAINST US.
WE WILL DISCERN THE FACTS AS FAR AS THEY CAN BE KNOWN.
WE WILL IGNORE THE FASHION OF THE DAY, IT IS ALREADY WITH TOMORROW’S TRASH.
WE WILL QUESTION EVERY THING GIVEN TO US BY THE MAINSTREAM.
WE WILL RE-INSTATE ART AS THE EXPRESSION OF OUR COLLECTIVE REALITY.
WE WILL GIVE THE WORLD WHAT IT IS HUNGRY FOR: WE WILL GIVE THE WORLD ANSWERS! WE WILL DO IT WITHOUT IRONY OR NARCISSISM.
IF WE DO THIS IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS, WE WILL BE CREDITED WITH STARTING A NEW MOVEMENT.
OUR PLACE IN ART HISTORY BOOKS IS ASSURED.
WE WILL RETURN ART ITS CUTTING EDGE.