In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
– Ernst Fischer
It is the responsibility of artists to foster creative forms of resistance. In view of rising fascism and racist nationalism in many parts of the world, this task seems more urgent than ever. Quiet Tyrant is a London imprint, established last year to create a space for sounds of resistance.
Its first release, 11:00/11/11/2016, is a two-minute noise piece by Sami El-Enany, timed to coincide with the annual two minutes’ silence on Armistice Day in Britain. The piece addresses the hypocrisy of a poppy-wearing nation that pauses to reflect on conflict and mourn the dead while waging imperial wars in the name of ‘humanitarian intervention’. 11:00/11/11/2016 consists of a scream that rejects this hypocritical silence, a scream that fills a void of resistance. It rings out in solidarity with the countless murdered and displaced by imperialist war everywhere.
Download the track here.
All proceeds go to the charity Syria Civil Defence (The White Helmets).
Quiet Tyrant is a non-profit label releasing sounds of resistance. For more information, demos and proposals, contact: email@example.com | @quiet__tyrant