We should take nothing for granted
WE SHOULD TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED – ON THE BUILDING OF AN ALERT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CITIZENRY is an audio-visual installation and performance set of works that address current positions and politics of privacy, surveillance and safety of the global citizenry and their relationship to the military industrial complex. The title is based on a quote of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address of 1961 wherein he warns of the dangers of an unchecked military industrial complex1, government funding substituting for creative free thinking within higher education, and the extraction of the earth’s natural resources without consideration for the future. Clearly, the address is extremely relevant today in light of the Snowden2 and Klein3 massive surveillance revelations, creative thinking vs directed research as well as the continued resource extraction on a massive global scale. However, the speech is not a dark forecast for the future, but instead states that ‘…an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals…’ The project uses Eisenhower’s speech as the foundation for a set of works which address the central issue of the creating conditions for the development of an ‘alert and knowledgeable citizenry’.