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Coco Solid, Multidisciplinary Artist and Author 08.03.22

Coco writes on the deep necessity for the disruption of the social and economic framework that inform our current world, Coco takes time to share with us her hopes for Tāmaki.

"I think we needn't data-cap our imaginations in fear of what others may think, that's the old timeline...I would like the tāmariki to have more than a fistful of grisly options as to how things might turn out for them. Basics like clean water might be smart, seeing as we and the planet need it to stay alive...I hope that people can be safe. People have what they deserve. People have access to their birth rights and their dreams."

My idea for the future is nothing flash, it is simply a love-letter to options.

I often get asked what needs to change, and how can we go about changing such things. I'm not sure if it's my Saturn heavy chart, the fact that I was born into many change-craving contexts and cultures... or if I just have a knack for being artfully disgruntled. I would say it's a mixture. Maybe I am the futurist equivalent of that hating-ass friend, when you ask them where you should eat or what you should wear - at least you know they'll never lie.

When people asked me to reimagine what needs to change, I don't need a dark night of the soul to come up with answers (although I've had plenty of those). My autopilot go-to's are: authentic inclusion, demystifying, mana motuhake, access and now, a deep necessity for disruption. Sometimes I like to take frameworks and business models that have endured (sometimes for centuries) and I examine every single choice that comprises them. And with a dead-ass serious face, I usually suggest we do something similar to the opposite. I mean they had a good run but they're not really working are they.... otherwise we wouldn't be in the social smorgasbord of tight binds that we find ourselves in.

I recently said to a friend, "it's giving 'shit show'' but again that depends who you are, where you're from, and the values that you hold dear. Many of us have seen the world as a shit show for quite a while now, so we have a bit of an edge in terms of being apocalypse-adjacent as this is old news. This is not the pilot, for many of us this is Apocalypse season 6. I like to think of myself as an awkward hybrid between being Genesis-ready and completely deluded/unprepared. But a curious thing seems to be happening to me where the intuitive, inherent spirituality (that I needn't force anymore) has started to seep into what we'll call "my professional life". I see my market value and my consciousness mingling in the same room, more and more. I think this is because people are scared and they want to be around people who do not give a fuck or have nothing left to lose. To be clear, I have a few things that I don't want to lose. But I'm also no stranger to losing everything I've ever loved in a single moment. So maybe that's part of my appeal whenever romantic 'change' discourse revs up.

People like me when we are pushed up against the wall, we reach for our most unusual tricks that will help us survive. Could be time traveling to the point before someone pushed you against the wall. It could be having lasers installed in your retina, that can burn through the sleeves of the person holding you against the wall. It could be having acid pellets in your jean pockets that will melt the wall behind you and lead you to the exit. These are just some of the options that I personally would float.

I think we needn't data-cap our imaginations in fear of what others may think, that's the old timeline. People need to have a bulletproof sense of humor in the face of a world that is simultaneously becoming the biggest joke inexistence and the unfunniest story ever told. People need to transcend the traditions and addictions that have led us into this snooze fest of a hellscape. I choose not to dwell in the hellscape-mentality myself but I'm aware of it, in a 'where I really don't wanna live' reference kinda way.

I would like the tāmariki to have more than a fistful of grisly options as to how things might turn out for them. Basics like clean water might be smart, seeing as we and the planet need it to stay alive. Not meeting a violent demise because of someone's colonial lust for territory could be another? Hey I'm just riffing. I hope that people can be safe. People have what they deserve. People have access to their birth rights and their dreams. I'm not sure how that's going to happen at a collective level, we seem so... distracted. But I know where I have any leverage, privilege or any power to create, I'd like to think anyone who engages with me and my mahi can at least walk away feeling like they've got options.

Written by Coco Solid

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