- 100 Friends. 100 Artists. 100 Songs. -
We were invited to contribute to the third annual edition of the ever-popular ‘100 Friends’ art exhibition series, running from 10 October 2013 to 6 January 2014 at ‘The Gallery’ tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto. Based on a ‘Hit Parade’ theme, the 100 participating artists each produced a piece of artwork depicting one of their favorite tunes. We have chosen to base our artwork on Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror.
Love him or hate him, you just can’t ignore him. Beneath his highly publicized personal life, ever-changing face and alleged child sexual abuse controversy, The King of Pop has given over 300 million to charities in his lifetime, and holds the title “Most Charities supported by a Pop Star” with a record-breaking of 39 charities in Guinness Book of Record. Despite his numerous No. 1s, one of his more meaningful song ‘Man in the Mirror’, has in some way been a reminder for us to work towards being the change we wish to see in the world.
" I’m starting with the man in the mirror/ I’m asking him to change his ways/ And no message could have been clearer/ If you wanna make the world a better place/ Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
- Exhibition Poster -
Another inspiration about Man in the Mirror comes from none other than Steve Jobs. "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
All proceeds go towards supporting the Transmission Project, an apprenticeship initiative by PHUNK, in which young artists and designers from different backgrounds and disciplines come together to develop the TRANSMISSION programme.