“To live is to explore, the purpose of existence is to explore.
To explore is to enter the unknown.
The domain of the artist is to explore.
The role of the artist is to encourage and inspire others to explore, without dictating what one should explore.
Hence the artist is essential to humanity, without him we would only exist and there would be no difference between us and a stone.
Any individual, group or society that downplays the importance of the artist and exploration is an enemy to humanity.
Not all artists explore, but I certainly do try”
Statement by Bjørn Venø