2) Please describe your new project POWRPLANT
So we are starting our first summer session in Bushwick (the land of dreams) at 1196 Myrtle Avenue in a new space called Stream Gallery. We will operate out of here for 3 months, including showing 3 openings and teaching 8 weeks of free courses to Bushwick youth.
When classes are not in session it will operate as a sliding scale workspace where anyone can become a member and use the facilities.
3) Living in a world surrounded by technology, how do you think people can embrace the future and reality of this technological world without losing sight of living in the moment loving nature?
I think that this is an important battle that we need to fight to realize. I believe that we are still in the First Generation wave of technology. The next generation of computers, mobile devices etc, will be way more interactive and intuitive. Google glasses are just an experiment in how people will react to technology becoming a part of ourselves. I think that technology is an extension of our humanity and the more we can design it to work with us, versus outside of us, we will see its incorporation into our “natural” environment. I detest using the word “natural” and “unnatural” I think that technology can bring us even closer to nature, which is why POWRPLNT is hosting an aquaponics installation by Verticulture, a Bushwick based startup. The “nature” that we romantisize has been influenced and manipulated by humans over and over again, it is our job to use what we have learned to encourage green space and propogate intelligent design techniques as the creators of our environments.
4) Do you see artists within your art community dealing with death and immortality in such a digital age?
5) Do you think that there is exists a, perhaps subconscious, belief that in order for one to feel “actualized, real, alive” one needs to be “seen” on a grand scale, (for example have multiple views/likes via instagram, youtube etc)?
6) Do you think social media such as instagram and facebook make people loose sight of true communication and friendship, or that we must redefine communication in light of technological changes?
7) How does it feel to know that your artwork will outlive you?
As an artist, a lover, and a liver, I know that the only way to freeze time is to make art. Art is the only way to take feelings and experiences outside of your human existence and share it with others. I hope that the servers don’t crash and that my tumblr lives on. I hope that internet freedom laws ensure that subversive material is not deleted. I hope that I can be present and share what I know with others, and in young people our ideas can live