Conflict between art and hyper-centralized power

Art is a form of communication which creates and shares highly subjective personal perspectives. It is created and shared by all individuals. Personal subjective perspectives are necessary for development of consciousness.

Hyper-centralized power promotes only a single perspective, narrative, idea, plan. This perspective is simplified and generalized so it is accepted by the majority of the system members with minimal conflict. Art is in direct conflict with hyper-centralized power perspective because it creates complex, nuanced, and unlimited perspectives.

Hyper-centralized power manages the conflict with art using following strategies:
– Moving the focus from the art purpose – sharing of perspectives – to art production process (technology, technique),
– Hiding the true perspectives offered by art by changing the meaning and presentation of art,
– Expanding its perspective to include some art as a way to reduce the conflict,
– Expanding hyper-centralization in the realm of art by sharing the power with few artists.

Art can protect itself using following strategies:
– Prioritize the purpose of subjective perspective sharing,
– Educate the audience about the subjective perspectives and their unavoidable conflict with hyper-centralized power perspective,
– Avoiding centralization by constantly building inclusive supportive decentralized open systems.

As hyper-centralize power grows, art will be further reduced in favor of consumption of a single simple generalized perspective and not for production of many personal subjective perspectives. Art will co-exist with hyper-centralized power but in an extremely diminished and centralized form used to further empower the hyper-centralized decision makers. It will not offer necessary perspectives for growth of individual members which will reduce the consciousness of individuals. This reduction and lack of development might be covert due to the use of remaining art surrogate which minimizes the conflict.


Openness is a quality of a centralized system to allow members and non-members direct influence on its decisions, therefore decentralizing it to some extent for the benefit of both the system and its members.

Influence is defined as data, information, and knowledge shared from individuals who do not make decisions to individuals who make decisions. Openness is a complimentary source of decision relevant information to experts which hold centralized decision power. Example of such systems are ones in which decisions are made by engineers, scientists, managers, product designers, editors, politicians.

Openness informs decisions and minimizes risk of damage caused by insufficient informed. Without openness centralized decision makers can cause damage to some or many members. At the same time openness increases benefits and efficiency of centralized decisions through added information, and it increases member education making acceptance easier.

Openness depends on technologies which enable it. If there are no technologies which directly support it, it is diminished. Reduction of information, like in polls or complex requirements for participation, reduces openness.

Openness also depends on the centralized decision makers ability to use the information: skills, culture, cognitive bandwidth, and management.


One of the challenges of the human conditions is to find our own voice. Finding a voice is a way we communicate with subjects – ourselves, people close to us, and the society. Our voice is different from our identity. It is a form of communication – a visual, a sound, speech, an action. Our voice is confirmed by a change it causes, it is a method by which we exercise our power. Our voice defines our identity.

We all have a voice. An engineer designs blueprints, a rapist is violent, an artist makes art, a parent screams, a nurse speaks kindly. We can have many voices for different goals and subjects. Every voice offers an opportunity for our development. Each change created by a voice is a reward. We develop in a direction for which we are most rewarded.

Without a voice we are isolated from ourselves, from those around us, and from the society, and our development regresses. Being denied a voice means that we are denied power. We can be denied a voice directly or indirectly. While direct denial is an obvious form of violence, indirect is more covert and its definition is changing with culture and technology.

Because our voice is part of a human condition, it is important that any system facilitates development of voices and that it eliminates their denial. If a system deliberately or accidentally denies voices it will regress.