ARKTIK – The institute for the future is launching the international art project “Let Them Eat Cake!/Neka jedu kolače!” which represents one of the subprojects of the IF Festival – International Festival of Asking Questions.
The arts organization ARKTIK – The institute for the Future with the project IF Festival – International Festival of Asking Question, through public tenders, open auditions and direct invitation to artists and general public, produces art projects that are directly aiming for achieving their goals and mission. ARKTIK – Institute for the Future’s goal is to explore minorities of all categories and various discrimination, equality of all people, the right to dignified treatment and old age, illuminating false democracy, power and decision-making systems, equal distribution of resources and harmfulness and redundancy of property and possession. environment and preservation of the planet and the right of animals to life and liberty.
Having in mind the epidemiological situation we are currently facing on a global level, the IF Festival is currently focused on online action with the challenge of creating inclusive art during a period of complete or partial isolation of the population.
Project “Let Them Eat Cake!” is based around four international and world days that the Institute for the Future intends to mark in this way, and are thematically related to the mission and goals of this non-profit arts organization. These are the International Literacy Day, which is celebrated on September 8, the International Day of Peace, which has its day on September 21, the World Day of Rural Women on October 15, and the World Vegan Day on November 1.
Project is being created through a public calls aimed at the general public, enthusiasts and multidisciplinary artists to create video performans aimed at raising the awareness of the topics of the international days covered with this project.
Briefly about the topics
- September 8 was declared International Literacy Day in 1966 by UNESCO with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and society, as well as the importance of more intensive efforts to achieve a more literate society.
- The International Day of Peace was proclaimed, by unanimous decision, in 1981 at the United Nations General Assembly, and is celebrated on September 21st. The United Nations calls on all peoples and nations to respect the cessation of hostilities during this day and to mark it by educating and raising public awareness of issues concerning peace.
- World Rural Women’s Day is celebrated on October 15th, and was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008. This day raises awareness of the critical role and contribution of rural women in agricultural and rural development, ensuring food availability and eradicating rural poverty.
- World Vegan Day is held on November 1st, and this day is aimed at raising public awareness of the moral aspect of the vegan lifestyle and the importance of animal protection.
The saying “Let them eat cake!” it is most often attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, and the statement has gained great symbolic importance over time in historical depictions of the upper class as selfish and unaware of status differences. Although historians disagree about the source of this statement, it is often used to describe the continuing gap between the richest and poorest classes of society, a problem that the ARKTIK wants to point out.
“Art Accessible to Everyone”
With this project, the arts organization ARKTIK – Institute for the Future reaches a wide audience because of the content that is a combination of cooking and nutrition as a general interest, and art and activist topics that society and the media should always deal with more.
The “Let Them Eat Cake” project is part of the “Art Accessible to Everyone” initiative, which allows artists to present their work regardless of their academic background and without discrimination based on the number of previous exhibition places in the biography or age of the artist, adhering exclusively to the impact of the theme of the project and the intrigue of the concept. The ARKTIK art organization continuously supports the innovative and proactive participation of the audience in the creation of the contemporary art scene, regardless of the financial status of the individual. The ARKTIK art organization believes that art must be accessible to everyone. More about the “Art Available to All” initiative can be found at uds.arktik.eu.
The project is created with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Croatia.
The project is part of the “Art Accessible to Everyone” initiative.