August 31st, 2007 17:15 EST
Vestige of the Vox Populi # 49
Hero: the future of gods, icons and heroes
With a boldly innovative media project, cultural activist/ artist Martin Firrell encourages a dialogue and consideration of what it means to be a hero. Firrell has a reputation for words as art and as a means to inspire positive change for a better world, and he expands on that concept here with ideas as art, as well.
Art makes a statement, but he demonstrates that statements can also make art.
Actor Nathan Fillion is an appropriate avatar for the project, since he physically matches the image of a stereotypical hero-- ruggedly handsome and charismatic white male, but also because he happens to portray an atypical kind of hero in an unconventional TV show called Firefly. But more than that, Nathan himself--like Martin-- believes in the idea and need for a re-evaluation of heroes and heroism… more consistent with the world we live in, and particularly for the world we want to live in.
Art at its best is thought provoking, and Hero certainly qualifies.
A dynamic presentation in which the words of art live in audio and visual form, this project expresses a sentiment and artistic ingenuity worth noting and promoting.