About the project

What made you go with this concept for FAIL?
It was definitely an intimidating thing – to internally confront the concept of failure, and to do so knowing that I would have to share that openly. And so I just wanted to try and put a positive spin on it. “Failure Is Impossible” is an excerpt from a speech by Susan B. Anthony. She was referring to the notion that with so many women and men working toward the greater good (in a time when justice and righteousness was clearly on their side, but the political atmosphere was not), that success was ultimately inevitable.

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Why is failure impossible? I mean, most people seem to expect that they’re going to mess up at some point.
For sure, everybody makes mistakes. But so long as we learn and grow from those mistakes, I don’t think that necessarily constitutes failure. It’s all about keeping an open mind, and seeing the bigger picture, and looking toward the future.

You’re a street artist who posts stuff up only to see it get torn down. Do you see that as a fail?
No, quite the opposite. Each time a piece is torn down, it gives me a fresh canvas to work with 🙂

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks to everyone at Cohber/Fuel for this opportunity and for doing what you do. Thanks to Giant Panda for allowing me to use their song for my video. And thanks to Susan B. Anthony (and all like-minded, forward-thinking, tolerant people) for being such an inspiration.

About the Filmmaker

MIKE DELLARIA
Artist/Printmaker
(instagram/facebook) @dellarious

FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE

Before 1972, women and girls’ chances of participating in competitive sports were seriously limited – a huge fail if you ask us. Our FUEL 17: FAIL February calendar page pays tribute to Title IX, a piece of legislation included in the Education Amendments of 1972, that finally granted girls and women an equal opportunity to compete in sports.