Under the Radar
And I quote: History of the phrase; Prior to electronic counter measures, military aircraft would fly beneath the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) in order not to be detected by enemy forces. This term started out as a military phrase in the 1950’s. Source: http://www.urbandictionary.com
This is a feeling that I have a lot as an artist. Fame and art. Being part of the underground.
Stay under the radar. Stay on the edge. Being on the edge.
I work with a lot of different people. In the last week I was working with a business woman. I could tell that she was a killer- one of those great business people, really driven and efficient. We began talking about vision. She told me something that I think all of us already know : the old ways of doing things do not work anymore. What is needed now are people who think differently. That there needs to be new ways of doing things. There is no longer any long term vision for any businesses now. What is needed now is flexibilty, ability to change.
Nobody controls anything. You have to let go.
So what does that mean to be under the radar ? It means that you are flying low to attack your enemy. I think of the underground. I think of the freedom that a lot of artists that I know have.
We are all flying under the radar. At the moment there is a state of emergency in France. Nobody wants to appear on the radar. Then we become an easy target. People are trying to imagine other spaces. People are trying to imagine other ways to do things. There is a general feeling that people are fed up with the old way of doing things.
It sounds big and complicated but it can be through very small things that you start doing new things.
Small changes at the beginning of a rocket’s trajectory become huge ones towards the end.
As an artist we can be lucky that we still have some control over our own trajectories. The old models (that were very prevalent in France before) big companies, big business no longer work the way they used to. Everybody is searching for what works.
So we all believe in the outsider having a chance. However, being under the radar is not only about someday, maybe, being “discovered”.
It can be about remaining under the radar, unseen. Staying on the edge.
Waiting. And most of all existing. Doing your thing because that is what you like. Flying low close to the sea, looking at yourself in the mirror.
Don’t get me wrong : it is not because you are undiscovered that you have more integrity. The time may come that you will be hauled into the glaring neon, the intrusive spotlight, and you’ll stammer and sell yourself down the river.
A lot of our work, of our pieces, come from under our own personal radars : our own radars of control. It is not external things but our own inner workings that we don’t let fly out. Luckily sometimes we do. Recently despite myself I’ve been letting things through my own radar. And some of it is so great. It is scary. I don’t recognise it.
I’ll be sharing some of this soon.
Short version : break out of your own recurrent patterns and ways of doing things. Change yourself and you change the world.
Have a good week and keep making things and connections.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Can you? Everyday? What do you see? What would you like to see?
P.S. Please buy the Zarboth album – those of you who have not and would like to buy it you can get a copy here: Zarboth