Do you know the short story called “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin? It’s a about a utopia of our choice, where everything is perfect and everybody is happy, even if it includes an orgy, but it comes with a price. It doesn’t matter why it must be, but the happiness of everybody in the place depends on the suffering of a child inside a cage, under the city where he/she lives being unloved while living with their own feces. Everybody comes to accept this except for a few who walk away from Omelas to the unknown; walking away from a place where thousands are happy because of the suffering of one.
What if I tell you that the time and place we are living right now is Omelas? Many places that are considered wonderful and filled with happiness is built from the suffering of a few. There are even more people who go to places that are considered much better. We all know this deep inside us, it is futile to deny, but why do we still stay where we are now?
A lot of people often talk as if their morals are strong and that they would do anything for the greater good. I do not deny that there are people who fight and do not stand for the injustice, but there are times that we unconsciously let ourselves be part of the problem. I want to create a work that makes other question just like how “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” does.
(9:00pm): I will upload the mind map soon. I am currently working with mobile data and with my mobile device since the internet connection in our household is currently not in its best condition. Or WordPress is just plain being mean right now.
(10:24pm): Here’s the Mind Map! Wow, it’s like WordPress is really purposely trying to screw me over by not working for over an hour!
Mind Map mo ito? Ang gulo ng utak mo.
The medium of my choice is going to be digital. But I’ve been given other suggestions of using other mediums, such as photography or sculpting. Those are still being given thought but they might get integrated into my artwork in the future. So as of now, the medium is still digital. I mostly chose this medium because we’re at the information age where digital works are spread throughout the world, and because digital is my forte since I’m an information design student.