DIS, A Good Crisis, 2018. Digital image. Courtesy the artists
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Winston Churchill (perhaps apocryphally) remarked, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The latest body of work by the DIS collective considers this provocation in relation to more recent crises: What possibilities for social or economic change did the 2008 financial crisis afford, and in what ways were these possibilities realized? Was it a “good crisis,” and if so, good for whom? What new possibilities for political and social change have emerged in the present moment of unprecedented inequality? Is there hope that this crisis might not also “go to waste”?
The members of DIS—Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro—have produced three new video works exploring these questions, scripted in collaboration with economist Moritz Schularick and writer and editor Drew Zeiba. With glossy production quality and a wryly nihilistic tone, the works will circulate as paid advertisements on online media platforms such as YouTube in the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. This event features a screening of all three videos, followed by an onstage conversation between Lauren Boyle of DIS, writer Christopher Glazek, and journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, senior editor at the Nation and author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen (2015).