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Set your compass to beauty, humor, and grief; stay the course no matter what, and I'll support you with everything I've got.
Activating is about changing people's perceptions of overlooked or invisible spaces. A building can become an archetype, invisible, like for a New Yorker, for example, the Statue of Liberty. You look at it, and it disappears into the thousands of times you've already seen it.
I crave to be able to photograph the way a painter paints - in a loose, expressive way.
There's an axiom I live by: 'There is no art without politics.' You either choose to engage it, or you choose political apathy. This ties in with ideas around real-time performance and feedback.
I used to be a photographer - and now I'm some kind of digital photographic artist.
All of my work is meant to evoke a whole bunch of different layers of discord between the attraction and repulsion that we feel toward our consumer habits and our consumer lives.
One culture I find fascinating to juxtapose against American culture is the culture of Germany. They've gone through a long process through their art, poetry, public discourse, their politics, of owning the fact of their complicity in what happened in World War II. It's still a topic of everyday conversation in Germany.
American culture is not about experiencing our shame, it's about denying it. It's been that way our whole history.
What I aspire to is to have the viewer look directly at the subject, as if they're looking through a window at the real thing.
I'm just becoming more and more aware of this truly profound responsibility that we carry as individuals. And it's a responsibility not only to ourselves and to our families, but to the billions of people who still have to come in the future who will be dealing with our legacy.
I hate the word 'rendering,' as it equates to 'pouring concrete' on ideas that demand continuing dialog. 'Trade secrets' imply hoarding of knowledge.
I want people to realize that they matter.
There is no public out there who needs to change. It's each one of us.
I wasn't interested in politics. My attitude about it was, I can't make a difference no matter what I do. And the truth is, I don't even care enough to try.
I know that if I were to take ugly photographs, no one would be interested in looking at them.
I think there's a tremendous amount of unacknowledged hostility in American culture.
My ideas tend to arise out of nowhere when I'm not intentionally trying to think of something.
I find myself walking these lines. Like I might be an artist, but I also might be an activist. And I'm trying to be both in a way that honors both and doesn't stray too far into either.
I only want to work with transparent ideas and accessible technologies that 'spotlight' the individual's role in society through creativity. I try to live an open-source life.
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