“As artists and designers, we know something about the language and idioms of seeing. Now, because of networked systems and ubiquitous capture, perception and representation are changing faster than ever before. For the artists, designers, and culture operators who work with technology – especially imaging and information technologies – our job, or jobs, are clear.
We may work to predict the cultural consequences of new technologies, warning us of dangerous futures, or speculating about interesting ones.
We may author whimsical, provocative and illogical tools that liberate minds, connect hearts, creatively invert authority, and empower skeptical thought.
Using artistic techniques like defamiliarization, we may awaken others from their slumber to see common things in an unfamiliar way, in order to enhance perception of the familiar.
Using the artistic techniques of visualization, we can delineate the unseen forces that shape our lives, in order to reveal the invisible.
Above all, we are obliged to take a ‘seat at the table’ to help set – and not simply be victim to – technological agendas.”
“My relatives were nomads. Not nomads of the steppes, herders of reindeer and jackass, but city-dwelling nomads, migrants from city to city, from country to country. They belonged to the tribes which preferred breeding livestock to planting seeds, the high seas to the craftsman’s workbench; the tribes whose members are still resisting, with varying success, the advances of the eight-hour work day, modern production methods and the regulation and regimentation of international travel. They chose vocations (some of them simple, others complicated and hazardous) which did not interfere with their habit of roaming all over the three hundred and sixty degrees of the compass. They were migratory creatures, generally held in contempt, and not infrequently cursed, to whom the world, envious of their freedom, gradually bars all roads.”
— Manuel Rojas, 1951
“A good artist must also have a streak of insanity in him, if by insanity is meant an exaggerated inability to adapt. The individual who can adapt to this mad world of to-day is either a nobody or a sage. In the one case he is immune to art and in the other he is beyond it.”
— Henry Miller