Ars Notoria means the art of the noteworthy. What events, people and historical moments are worth writing about, worth depicting? History is almost always written by the victors, the oppressors, and one of their first tasks is to erase memories of resistance to their oppression. The question of historical memory is a very important one for those of us who want change, who want social justice and equality, who want humane, democratic society.
My fellow editors, writers, poets, and artists, the sodality* at Ars Notoria, were disheartened when we looked at the media landscape. It is desolate. We used to rely on mainstream outlets for a semblance of balance, especially those of us on Ars Notoria who are socialists. Most of us, for a long time, tried to believe the mainstream media would hold to professional standards of journalism when it came to reporting on the wonderful new opportunity for radical change that Jeremy Corbyn represented. However, we were proved wrong; not because we were naïve, but because we had hope for a more egalitarian future. We continue to hope.
We were proved wrong not because we were naïve, but because we had hope for a more egalitarian future. We still hope.
In response to the general perception among the left that there has been moral failure in formerly reliable mainstream media outlets, a hodgepodge of thousands of amateur, web-based, alternative Left Wing media outlets have arisen.
Something is still missing. However, it seemed to us that instead of criticising other people’s attempts at constructive engagement it was up to us to step up to the crease and to create our own website; a site that is broadly left and inclusive; a site that can include both sides of the Brexit argument, that can include idealists of all kinds: mystics, romantics, ecologists, poets, committed social democrats, liberals concerned with social responsibility, and humane socialists and communists. We want to provide a creative outlet and a voice for many more people across the broad left spectrum.
… it was up to us to step up to the crease and to create our own site; a site that was broadly left and inclusive.
We want to write and read articles with more depth and analysis. We want to include other cultural modes of expression like poetry, literature, comics, photography music and art.
In short, we want to create a quality left-wing magazine that entertains and edifies. The site that you see before you is that idea in embryo. We hope to develop it into something worthwhile by 2021 and then, in 2021, we decide together on its final shape and prepare to make our own solid contribution to achieving a progressive change in our country’s fortunes in 2024.
If you feel you are in sympathy with us; if you like what we have done so far; if you feel you could contribute to our experiment, then please contact us at:
*The Latin word sodalis means “companion”, a sodality being an organization of companions or friends.