The selfish collaborator
Make lots of things
Practice based research
Noticing lots of things
Apocalyptic - what do you think of when you hear this word?
The demise of something
Out of control
Pull back the curtain
Chaos and demise
The colour red
Lift the veil
What do we see now, that was previously hidden?
Architecture designed to stop people sleeping on benches
Bench where you have to pay for the spikes to go down for a minute - a noise lets you know the spikes are coming back up - not very deaf friendly!
Ruha Benjamin - Race After Technology book
AI becoming racist and sexist on its own - soap dispenser not working for an individual with darker skin due to infrared absorption
Hope - things can change, but they will be hard won
2 question - noticing the times we live in...
What is the worst you have seen?
What have you seen or done, that generates hope?
In a group with George and Joanne:
Verbally abused by a woman for using female toilets - took place after I'd cut my hair off, but had yet to start medically transitioning, so would have appeared as a butch lesbian
My artwork and practice as a whole... I hope
Working with a big company where they lighten Asian and black skin tones - using dark skinned Italian man as a black model
Tries to make these companies feel uncomfortable about their choices, and actively not do that and talk about not doing that to others to spread awareness
"I am not Chinese, I am..." t-shirts stating they are Asian, but not Chinese because of the pandemic
What can artists do?
Reflect - slow-see-understand
Power of making - our (plural) ability to create
Listen - take time to really hear
We are not the sole authors of our story, we must share credit with our circumstances (a difficult and selfish collaborator).