Participate in the PLK community
Information about the community behind the PLK website and how
activist artists, their critics, patrons and audience can
The community PLK strives to provide a platform for activist artists, their
critics, patrons and audience (and as occurs so often amongst the
artistically inclined, individuals who strongly exercise several of these
The PLK 'mission' is to foster dissemination
of constructive social criticism through varying media, be it through the
various visual arts, poetry and prose, comedy, music, dance and drama, sculpture and
architecture as well as any other mediums artists find their inspiration
to express what requires attention in our lives and more particularly,
what kind of attention is demanded.
The PLK community is and should ever remain in a state of renewal. We respect the
concerns of the activist art community and encourage you to share any improvements
you may envision.
For now we provide "space" for digitised art and critiques, in effect a portal
for the activist art community to converge upon. We are working on introducing
more interactive aspects, for instance a message board and mailing list, but for now any
communication can still be presented on the website so feel free to write to
us at the email address below and share your ideas and issues, upcoming events,
queries or even a brief hello.
We believe that the world should and can be steered, constructively
guided by our love for our fellow creatures, in better directions than
have been charted by and large to date. The PLK community aim to
provide tools to assist people in their quest of turning away from what
is less than worthy and turning towards something more suiting the
potential within us All.
This demands particularly, from those who would participate, a prudent
restraint from anything akin to applying further wrong to fix existing
ones. Hatred for our fellow creature, wholly or severally by any degree,
is not supported here and if you want to present your hate art then this
site is not for you. Here instead is for those who have constructive
contributions for the furtherment of the world and those we share it with,
or at least good questions worthy of contemplation.
That activist art involves (amongst other things) pointing out what is
wrong and in need of attention does not neccessarily imply a whinging
approach of morbid doom and gloom; we subscribe to no such aggenda.
Better by far to suggest ideas of what good can be done to improve life
for All, and where this is not so easily achieved, to point out that
attention is required is sufficient to the cause. Those who ply the
trade of negativity for its own sake may as well be not possessed of
that least knowledge we consider pivotal to improving the lot of All.
While we will not neccessarily ignore such art, by the same token
neither will we be dropping anything to pander to its like.
It's not an entirely big bad world we live in either and there is
plenty to celebrate and revel in. There's not been a lot of
offered yet, but we are most keen to present art highlighting
positive aspects of Life so if you want to express the joys and
strengths afforded by, say, cultural diversity, or
whatever your muse demands of you, then we will certainly welcome
you with open arms.
Anyone wishing to make a positive activist contribution to the world through
their art is welcome to join us. We have been approached by artists tackling
such diverging issues as spirituality, fellowship and community, the
environment, social change and even the arts themselves, and we are keen
to engage with them all.
Written word artists are encouraged to add spoken word or audio format to
their presentation. Similairly for sculptors and architects with video or
Submit your art for presentation by email in digital format if you can,
with a brief description of yourself and your message. If your art
makes a positive activist contribution to the world then we shall "launch"
you as soon as possible.
If you are unable to provide your art in digital format then email us
to make arrangements for receipt of a copy of your art which we shall do our
best to convert and present to it's best potential on the website. Audio and
video tape, photography and photocopies should present little problems;
for other media, email us the details and we shall endeavour to accomodate you.
Activist artists are welcome to send details of where their art can be
seen/heard/etc and promote their works.
Art has an immediate lasting impact, nothing comes even close to the
efficacy of art in forging synapses and getting a point accross. In many
cases it is a quick fix that grabs us by the heart and can often give it
a good shaking. So good so far, and that is quite some achievement, but
there is more to be done to ensure the artists' insights are fully
realised. While logic, reasoning and science have far to go before they
will ever catch up to the technologies of spirituality and emotion, they
still have much to offer.
For those indoctrinated into the newspeaks demanded of us,
sometimes even to think these ideas represents an herculean task.
Once the dogma
has been carved aside as only an artist can do and the channels are
re-established for our natural insight, there remains the task of
analysing, planning and putting to work this insight.
It was the duty of the artist to drag us, kicking and screaming if
neccessary, from the abstracted constructs we find ourselves penned in,
to a vantagepoint where we can see the real world again. It then
remains the duty of the critic to provide, for those who need it,
assistance with the task of practical application of spiritual
Those who need it is unfortunately a growing demography but the silent
desperation that represents the lives of so many is what the critic
can help crack by mapping possible paths from what is endured to what
is desired. Amongst their many roles, it is where critics' prowess at
connecting concepts in their past, present and potential future contexts
is exercised that they serve their communities best, for it is in this
capacity that they empower the spiritually atrophied to make those same
connections in their somewhat abstracted daily lives and revitalise their
repore with the divine.
And a people thus empowered are quite literally
capable of anything, even, and this is not one word of exaggeration,
even capable of loving each other and being happy, and not all the dogma
of mammon could raise a candle to it.
The PLK community welcomes critiques of our works and strongly encourages
critics to share their thoughts. As per the works of artists themselves,
digital documents (written or spoken word) can be emailed to the address
below. Alternatively, email us to arrange receipt of alternative media.
It is greatly to the art world's discredit that the patrons' role is perceived
as so often it is; there is little need to elaborate, i think we are all
aware as to what this alludes. A couple of matters i earnestly commend for
the consideration of all are the special role of patrons in making much art,
and all it endows us with, possible at all, as well as the simple fact that
patrons have made a conscious choice to support the arts - theirs' is a
visionary approach the like of which more of us could well emulate.
The PLK community welcomes relationships of patronage, be it for the
furtherment of PLK infrastructure or severally/wholly for the artists and/or
Potentially greatly rewarding relationships are expressed through patronage
of the arts, each one with its own peculiar depths and complexities, and for
this reason, when planning to extend your patronage to the PLK community,
please contact us at the email address below to arrange discussion of your
A vital role in the effecting of activist art and disseminating its messages
is that of the audience, not only to enjoy the art but more importantly to
think about it, listen to the critics by all means but ultimately to make up
your own minds about it. Talk about activist art and share with others the
myriad levels of profit to be derived therefrom. Where the artist strikes a
common chord with you, acknowledge the lessons imparted by weaving them into
your daily lives. Show your appreciation by a message or donation.
Artists, critics, patrons and audience are the several parts of a
community that that enjoys an whole that is far greater than the sum
of those parts.
For we, the community PLK, to bear positive influences on the world around
us, we need to work together at that most noble of tasks, that of reminding
our fellow creatures of their need to work together to effect the changes
required to get us back on track, that is, to strive together through a
world of mutual respect and support towards realising our potential.
Where so many of the best laid plans are waylaid is through the erosion (or
even the perceived erosion) of solidarity with each other.
Once we fall prey
to thinking more about ourselves as individuals than about our roles in the
greater communities we are part of, then our efforts disintegrate, losing
the power they previously mustered to effect positive change. It is up to
us all but more particularly there is an onus bourne by artists to highlight
this requirement and illustrate it by precept and example.
If you're an artist wishing to contribute and looking for inspiration, take
a look at the ideas our visitors have contributed:
"Possessed of the Least Knowledege" refers to the Lao Tzu's somewhat cynical
response to what he witnessed being practised around him, as expressed in
the 53rd entry to his "Tao Te Ching". A translation to English of this
verse can be found at
PLK is our chosen acronym for those who would foster
that least knowledge, that lodestone within us all directing insight
into what is worth striving for and what is worth striving against.
Activist artists, their critics, patrons and audience wishing to contribute,
please contact us at:
p l k @ h u m a n - i n t e r e s t . o r g