I was moved the other day, reading Christian Siekmeier of @exilegram 's interview with Artnet. In gist, Christian have decided to migrate his gallery operation from Berlin to Vienna. This move was in part due to frustrations over one of the art world's biggest problems, as I read it; consolidation of power among a small elite who (mis)use it, in order to create a culture of exclusion with the purpose of propping up their own program (self-interests). Critics will point to Christian's in my opinion completely legitimate frustration with this unruly dynamic, and try to devalue his criticism on this basis, but I respect it, because I know what it takes to speak honestly in public about real problems, with real consequences. It's a big decision, and requires courage, because in doing so, you will burn bridges and gain enemies in the process. You just don't do it unless you're completely sure you're right, because of the risk. Personally, I'm not too familiar with the Berlin art scene, I had a solo show there a couple of years ago, but beside that my understanding of the power structures within the scene is limited. That being said, when I made my corruption investigation into the National Endowment for the Arts here in Denmark last year, I found a very similar pattern: a small "elite" who abuse their positions for personal gain, and when I say elite I don't mean in a classical sense of actually being the best at what they do, because they certainly aren't in terms of a strong philosophical foundation and aesthetic fluency, but rather in a more insidious machiavellian sense. These people are doing art a huge disservice, by tainting the free flow of ideas with a sinister hidden agenda to gain personal power, rather than seeing themselves as servants of art, as everyone involved in art should. We need more people like Christian in every level of the art world, who are willing to take personal risks in pursuit of truth and substance. A healthy environment is only possible if more people are willing to stick their necks out, instead of hiding behind irony and apathy.