An inquisition is an inquiry or investigation into a matter. The Inquisition was a historical religious movement of tyranny to suppress heresy. The heretics were those brave, but unfortunate individuals who bucked the traditional belief system and stood up for their own ideas, and were subsequently silenced. The Indie Times does not pretend to argue which side was right or wrong in that case. We only use the word inquisition to illustrate our message. In that spirit, the “indiequisition” is an inquiry into the word “indie” and also a movement to cheer on and give a voice to instead of silence the artistic rebels who are making their own way, and defining their own existence, in spite of the traditional expectations.
A few months ago, I began to casually inquire how people defined “indie.” The answers were as diverse and interesting as indie artists themselves. You see, indie means a lot of things.
“independence is defined by the people who live it”
“Independent” is the most obvious when putting a meaning to the term “indie”, as it is its very source, but it is not altogether a complete definition. Regarded by some as a philosophy and others as a genre, it is easy to see why the word is almost indefinable. We, at The Indie Times, realize that the line between mainstream and indie is sometimes blurred, and even crossed over. We don’t pretend to adhere to a strict definition of “indie.” We celebrate the ongoing, ever-changing, self-defining nature of the indie culture. We have also chosen to champion a variety of indie arts because we all share the same philosophy (or genre), however it might be described.
It might be argued that even the potentially wide range of terms used to define “indie” might still be boxing it in, as one might actually be a suburban indie artist, but the word suburban isn’t the first word on the tongue when one thinks of “indie.” While “indie” fits in no box, it is an evolving amalgam of interpretations. On that note, I will let the following list speak for us in helping to illustrate “indie” to the world.
We would love to hear what you think. Please leave your comments below as to what “indie” means to you!!!
not kowtowing to Hollywood vanilla
a copy of nothing
not backed financially by a large studio or producer
retain majority control of their copyrights and other assets
self actualization via creativity
for art’s sake
creativity above profits
resistance to convention
ahead of its time
Which words speak to you? Why? Which don’t? Why not? Please let us know in the comments!