space-ship is committed to fostering inclusive civic discourse about social justice and community through arts and culture.
Our concept started with an intense desire for an alternative space for conversation and connections. Frustrated by the way so many groups are being singled out in contemporary political conversations, we were inspired to try and create inclusive spaces for marginalized artists and communities. We were also motivated by contemporary debates in philosophy and critical theory, as well as the notion that we are living in a “post-truth” world.
In the past, we used to ask artists to give us fictions. However, we now live in a world increasingly ruled by fictions, “alternative facts”, and ideologies. We no longer lack fictions; fictions are an undeniable part of our everyday lives (e.g. advertising, reality tv, social media, fake news). Hence, we believe the challenge for artists today is to show us reality.
Whereas some people have chosen to fight “post-truth” politics by looking for “objective facts,” we want to challenge ideologies and “alternative facts” through arts and culture. We look to art not only because we believe it can bring people together, but also because we believe aesthetics is a field that can provide significant cognitive value without being a direct form of knowledge. Philosophy too, which means the love of wisdom, is not a direct form of knowledge (no matter how much some philosophers may think they know). Socrates, perhaps the most famous philosopher of them all, said, “all I know is that I know nothing.” He never claimed to be anyone’s “teacher,” and neither do we. Nonetheless, we’re looking to the arts to help us think about pressing issues, problems we’re not yet thinking of, and realities beyond traditional perspectives.
Our blog and social media platforms are places where artists can engage with others to show their work. Moreover, we produce pop-up art spaces, giving emerging artists an opportunity to engage with myriad of communities that might not get to see or experience their work otherwise. We collaborate with artists whose work engages with themes such as “autonomy,” “belonging,” “being,” “change,” “difference,” “identity,” “objects,” “otherness,” “relations,” “space,” and “time,” and produce spaces and public programming in order to facilitate discourse around such themes.