A few words about upcoming 'Happy Dystopia' Exhibition
Happy Dystopia! That’s the name of a cyber exhibition I am looking to put on sometime next week… It’s simply a long overdue website relaunch - but if I have to do it I might as well do something that keeps it interesting [even if only for myself] and an exhibition featuring 13 themed paintings on the subject of ‘Happy Dystopia’ seems like a reasonably good way to go.
Happy Dystopia… it is a world we inhabit where, in the interest of a quite life we are happy to ceed control of our countries and our democracies to large corporations and an international court system that has established a U.S. inspired hegemony, teaching us to believe in the inalienable rights of Marlboro to sell cigarettes to our children as opposed to our rights to ask them to pay their fair share of taxes…
In this dystopia we are just happy to be getting along - why are we happy? Well for a long time we were prosperous and we either didn’t notice nor care that our voices were no longer being listened to… and despite what Mr Trump says on the subject of Brexit, our voices won't at any time soon be heard in the running of our countries. The main thrust of the exhibition is concerned with the housing crisis, or at least it can be said to be concerned with paintings of houses… In the last ten or more years, even the dogs on the street were calling out that we needed to be building more houses and nobody cared… the people who could have made a difference were too busy listening to other, more important voices than those that could be heard on the streets and in the public houses the length and breath of the country. These weightier voices hailed from within the hallowed halls of the major banks and financial institutions and were amplified 10 fold by the insidious think-tanks and lobby groups that have sprung up around the levers of government of all western nations; paid for by people who have time and time again been proven not to have our best interests at heart. In the years around 2010 these people were paid to go on TV and say things like ‘in Ireland we have such an oversupply of housing that we may never need to build another house again’… this is true!! I remember hearing this and it was no small thing.. but even if the remark had only ever been said in jest, the fact remained that in the world they had created it was not economically viable to build the houses that we would very soon be in desperate need of, with the result being that a whole generation of Irish construction workers and the like were forced to go abroad in search of the work and housing necessary to create the new families that a small state desperately needs as an investment in a prosperous future… well now, here we are, back with the sky high rents and the rocketing house prices that makes you wonder if this was not part of their plan all along. I heard on the radio yesterday that we have a social housing backlog that will run beyond a century to clear at our present rates of building, and the saddest fact of all is that, it was we the people what did this, we switched off and were more than happy to be distracted by high contrast 48” flat screen TVs and no money down, four years interest free on a brand new BMW three.