It is easy to believe the tired cliché that streaming and downloading services available to us has created a democratic means of distributing your art. However, the story arc of the last 20 years seems to tell a different tale, as described but the complete adoption of digital media, to the complete devaluing of it, all within an incredibly short period of time. 


And yet, in the far flung futuristic-sounding year we all find ourselves living in, artists have not abandoned making things in lieu of these cultural trends. Now more than ever, new writers are furiously publishing ’zines, filmmakers are cutting new scenes for us to enjoy, and musicians are releasing some of the best work of their lives. And in the “democratic digital future” we find ourselves in, when these artists try to sell their work, their voices are a quiet signals drowned out in the noise of Patreon videos and Indie Go-Go campaigns, were every independent creator is trying to catch the scattered attention of everyone else who has access to the Internet. 


Rather than let all these artists send their ideas out into the unforgiving digital world to fight for their own survival, War of Ideas offers a means for all of these artists combine their voices, and let someone else distribute your work so you can get back to creating. 


War of Ideas believes that artists can better address the needs of their own work if they also don’t have to figure out how to market that same work. Making a new album is an incredible amount of work that often doesn’t contain within it an adequate way to sell the ideas within. War of Ideas creates a place where independent artists can sell their work, so they can get back to the studio and back to the creative work they enjoy. 


War of Ideas carries a variety of printed work, films and music but artists who work on the fringes, but have a vision to their work that often does not fit into larger catagories. Musical acts like Problemist, Negativland & Little Fyodor have all been working since the late ’70’s, but each defy the conventions of the scenes they grew out of, while having more in common with each other than upon first listen. The performances by GX Jupitter-Larson took noise and experimental music into places of which no one had dreamed. Unsound magazine not only captured the post-punk and experimental world that grew out of the musical scenes of the late ’70’s, and William Davenport’s work there and in his later documentaries help give form to these scenes that were completely overlooked by mainstream media.


These are just a few of the artists who are suiting up and joining the War of Ideas, who believe that by joining forces we become more powerful than we ever could be individually. But we are also united in the desire to share the ideas that are battling for attention in our artist’s minds. If we can each work together, and share the work that is fighting for position in the minds of these artist’s on the fringes, we build a new community that can prepare us for the battles that the 21st Century are bringing to all of us.