William Gibson’s Neuromancer changed everything in 1984. For those of you who haven’t read it, Gibson coined the term cyberspace, and posits a near-future world in which people can go on line directly from their brain; where body augmentations are routine and extensive; where corporations run the world, brutally; where artificial intelligence is routine; where consciousness can be stored on discs after death. The ripple effect in the arts of this vision has been felt as more and more innovations in the field come from those using internet and digital technology. Two artists who come to mind are San Francisco’s Amy Franceschini, who uses her web organization, Futurefarmers, to network and organize environmental activism worldwide, and Lee Walton, a former San Franciscan who is currently teaching at the University of North Carolina. Some of Walton’s work is among the strongest internet-derived artmaking I’ve come across. I particular enjoyed his 2009 body of... More
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Last month I attended a lecture sponsored by the Townsend Center for Humanities at UC Berkeley by local author, Rebecca Solnit entitled “If Gardens are the Answer, What is the Question?” Solnit, whose work ranges in topics from San Francisco geographies, to the history of walking, to landscape, gender, and art, addressed the recent popularity of gardens as educational tools and community resources in schools, rehabilitation centers, churches, and of course, the lawn of the Obama’s White House. Solnit considered the garden as an answer to the corporate farming industry, to American’s alienation from food, and to the development of safe, urban neighborhoods.
Robyn Waxman, a Graduate Design student from the Calfornia College of the Arts (CCA) confronted similar questions as she embarked on her thesis project this past fall. Waxman questioned her role as a designer and activist in today’s socio-political climate. The answer to these questions came in the for... More