Print issue SPEX No. 375 focuses upon anger and resistance in pop culture. For this reason SPEX invited artists from all over the globe to answer the question: Is Anger An Energy? Read the full-length interviews online only. Today: Angelo Valerio alias Angel-Ho (NON Worldwide) from Cape Town, South Africa.
What does anger mean to you? And how important is resistance for you?
Anger is resistance in my eyes, it is the reaction I give to what is in resistance to my existence. It is an obstacle. It is out of fear. It is often irrational, and resists from my need for honesty in those situations. Without the resistance there would be no balance to our mental, moral or psychological ways of being.
How and against what are you protesting?
I’m protesting against stupidity in the world. Laziness, incompetence, boredom, false ideas of happiness. I protest by merely breathing and meeting new people daily and focusing on ways to contribute to the larger naval of the world. To be „selfishly selfless“ is my motto.
„Without the resistance there would be no balance to our mental, moral or psychological ways of being.”
Taking a look at the current state of the world, does your urge to take a stand, to speak out, to act get stronger?
I always feel the need to act impulsively on injustices. We are living in a war-zone where you either move around lost in the fog, or set up base and equip yourself with the necessary tools to triumph over negative forces at be. I have to agree with muva, Bjork, get off Facebook – a digital prison. And, in the words of Samantha James (Ms Cookie Tookie), „do something more positive with your life!”
Is there room for more than symbolic protest within the realm pop culture? How can pop culture bring about change, even beyond the already converted?
Pop culture can start by investing in the youth from which they reap, and I’m not talking about the Kylies of Hollywood… I’m talking about the artists who are taking what is inherently theirs. The state of pop culture for me is largely Americanization of all modes of production. I think once the youth becomes conscious to a scope of cooler things to do and experience besides a saturation of what is conceived by us in our underground sub cultures, we can begin to thrive as a populace. Pop culture can bring about change by standing in front of a mirror.
What is the most urgent cause of your art?
To give life and leave ’em dead at the same time. To communicate the surreal into reality, of what was once concealed – to now be revealed. If I’m not doing this I have failed greatly.
Alle Kurzinterviews mit Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus aller Welt zum Thema Wut & Widerstand, die im Rahmen des Schwerpunkts in der Printausgabe SPEX No. 375 in gekürzter Form zu lesen sind, werden nach und nach online veröffentlicht. Das Heft kann im Onlineshop versandkostenfrei bestellt werden.