The ANT1-HER0 Project
created by Travis J Gibbs
Artist, Essayist, Poet, Performer
The ANT1-HER0 Project is an Anarchist initiative that aims to encourage creative people of all ages to engage themselves in critical thinking and discussion, while seeking to empower and motivate them to enact the changes they wish to see in the world. Sociopolitical change is a collective effort, and your unique areas of interest and abilities are needed to form active, well-rounded communities capable of achieving large-scale goals. The Intellectual Revolution is happening right now, and every day, we decide our own level of involvement.
My original vision for The ANT1-HER0 Project was to develop it into a cooperative multimedia studio and creator-owned publishing house —while that is still a goal, nowadays I tend to see it as more of a pipe-dream.
In my experience, artists are incredibly difficult to organize around anything —especially when it comes to politics and social change. At the end of the day, most artists aren’t that different from most people —they, like the rest of the status quo, have very little capacity for radicalization.
When I was younger, I was naive enough to think that there were a lot of other artists out there who, like me, took an interest in counterculture initiatives and radical politics —who wanted to use their art as tool to instigate social change.
When it comes down to it, I don’t make art in order to reach an apathetic or indifferent majority —nor do I seek to coax collaborators out of it. I do, however, hope to appeal to and inspire a rebellious minority of critical thinkers dwelling within that status quo. If you're an artist and this speaks to you, I encourage you to reach out to me so we can discuss working together.
Travis J Gibbs