We’ve already introduced you to the quirky and incredibly entertaining Happy Famous Artists and their desire for world domination. On February 14th, right on time for the most unromantic, cliche day of the year, they’re introducing their newest project, World Dictators Unite!
World Dictators Unite! will ultimately be a group show about dictatorship and leadership as phenomena and as a challenge for individuals. Approaching dictator- and leadership as phenomenon and challenge HFA asked themselves questions like: How much power do you claim for yourself? How much do you give up to live in a social group? How does apathy of the masses create a power vacuum that is filled by leaders who are invited to become dictators by further disengagement?
As HFA explain: “We consider whether leaders in arts, politics, fashion etc. are only able to dictate agendas by the lack of independent agency of others and whether this lack is chosen or imposed. How institutions inevitably function to expand their own power, and individuals either exploit this by sharing the objective or become marginalized due to their oppositional stance, perhaps to construct new power bases in a dialectical process. We intend a group show, inviting artists we enjoy and respect to address the themes with us.
“The involvement of other artists is crucial in this process as each is a leader of their work but only together
are the myriad perspectives, shared knowledge and tensions able to comprehensively analyze dictatorship.”
As a first step towards this group show HFA created Leadership Dating, a dating site for the powerful few, who sometimes seem a little lonely in their ruling positions.
HFA say: “Leaders can only exist where they have followers and so we began an investigation into the personal qualities of notable world leaders who dictate tastes, trends, fashions, cultural memes and ideologies. It became apparent that whatever their field was, they converged within a personal realm of dictatorship, which allowed them the single mindedness to pursue their objectives.
“This quality also displayed a common need among them, a need for a new level of human interaction. With this in mind we have created what superficially appears as Leadership Dating, a forum where the elite can meet and enjoy shared qualities. While all have basic human companionship in wives, husbands, lovers, courtesans, we offer them a service that fulfills their post human requirements. How well we can understand these dynamics remains a personal matter dependent on contemplation of our own power and its social deployment.”
On the website you can already take a sneak peak and request an invitation to digitally mingle with the rich and famous. Requirements are recklessness, drive and when you got your first million.