Kate Ellen Murphy asks: Do you ever feel uninspired? If so, what do you do about it?
Hi Kate, thank you very much for our questions.
You first question: If I answer “yes”, it would mean I believe I am almost constantly inspired. I don’t know if I ever was truly inspired. I have lots of ideas, and I’m happy about where I’m headed, but it’s just a beginning, and hopefully I will grow all the time. I don’t think I have been truly inspired yet.
The second question: I noticed I get ideas when I’m bored. Solitude and boredom help me focus. Sitting in a train, walking on the beach, riding my bike. Being bored is quite painful, I naturally try to fill my time with things to do; meeting people, checking email, facebook, reading, museums, movies, concerts. But I need boredom to get ideas. Computers need a lot of attention, you are never really alone when the internet is near. I try to go out on my own as much as I can. Solitude is uncomfortable yet necessary.
Publishing house McSweeney’s released the latest version of their iPhone/iPad app. The app is regularly filled with new content by people such as Spike Jonze, Chris Ware, Judd Apatow, Jonathan Ames, Maurice Sendak, Miranda July, James Franco, Nicholson Baker, Wells Tower, Catherine Keener, Weird Al Yankovic, Francis Ford Coppola… and now me! My piece Hybrid Moment was adapted for iPhone/iPad and works great. Enjoy!
I will be part of the DLD conference, Feb 23 – 25, Munich, Germany.
DLD (Digital – Life – Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital media, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration. Chairmen of DLD are publisher Hubert Burda and serial digital investor Yossi Vardi. DLD has been founded by Stephanie Czerny and Marcel Reichart in 2005.
Lots of interesting participants, hope to see you there!
Emanuele Marcuccio asks: What is the meaning of life?
Hello Emanuele, thank you very much for your question.
I never understood why this question is so important to everyone. Do people wonder about the purpose of life? A prime directive to guide them? Or are they looking for meaning in things that seem too straightforward? What does this tree mean? What do pumpkins mean? What do roads mean? What does school mean? What does love mean? What does war mean?
I honestly do not understand the question. I don’t really understand the word meaning. As if objects behave as aliases, insignificant by themselves, to guide you to a bigger mental platform.
I think meaning is speculation more than anything else.
Wurhaus is proud to present BYOB AUSTIN, a one-night event in which several artists will bring a beamer (projector) and display video works in a gloriously cataclysmic group setting. This marks the 6th BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event, part of a worldwide series of similar events originally initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafaël Rozendaal.
Participating artists: Amanda Joy, BLACKMAGIC ROLLERCOASTER, Chad A, Daniel Hipolito, Drew Liverman, Dylan Reece, Juan Cisneros, Kyle Dixon, Lili Navarro, Mario Zoots, Melanie Clemmons, Nora Frank, Ryan Beltrán, Ryan Lauderdale, Scott Gelber, Stephen Fishman, Tommy “Boy” Blackburn, Zak Loyd.
Curated by Ben Aqua
Claire Billingsley asks: what do you think about before you fall asleep?
Hello Claire, thank you for your question.
I usually fall asleep immediately. I lay down, close my eyes, and I’m gone.
Sometimes it takes a while. I enjoy those moments. Laying in bed with fresh sheets and a nice pillow after a hot bath… it is the most comfortable moment of the day, the most comfortable anything I can think of. I try to be aware of the comfort, to enjoy it and to take it in fully. Lately I have also been trying to be aware of the falling asleep process. This is quite difficult. I have not yet succeeded and I wonder if it’s possible. I close my eyes, and I can feel the sleep state getting close. I can feel a warm comfortable numbness, slowly moving towards my mind. But just before I fall asleep, I am no longer aware of it. I lose consciousness. How else could I fall asleep?
Hello Marie-Pierre, thank you for your question. Yes, I did jump into the water. I was in Italy, for La Biennale di Venezia, to participate in an exhibition in the Internet Pavilion. It was my 29th birthday. My father called me that day to congratulate me. He told me that many years ago, he jumped in the canal in Venice. He suggested “why don’t you start a family tradition?”. People told me not to do it because I would be eaten alive by rats but nothing bad happened of course. Matthew Stone was there and he took this beautiful photo.
This question is part of “Ask Anything”, a new project on this blog. If there is anything you’d like to ask me, please leave a question in the comments or email me.
Below is a video of the same jump:
Thank you to everyone for hanging out and helping me in 2010,
family, friends, programmers, gallerists, curators, press.
Thank you everyone for visiting my websites in 2010, every 11,712,084 of you!
I wish you a very happy 2011 full of love and appreciation.
I am happy to announce a new doublesided poster in my shop.
One side is printed in six color offset to get the best result for the gradients. The other side is printed in four colors and silver foil. You can see more detailed photos here.
doublesided signed poster by rafaël rozendaal
4 color offset + silver foil on glossy paper,
96 x 66 cm. (36 x 26 inches)
shipped via regular mail in a cardboard tube
Price: $58.99 / €44.99
Red Light Radio is an online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in the red light district of Amsterdam. I will be DJ-ing tonight from 8 to 9 PM CET. You will be able to stream the live broadcast from redlightradio.net. If you want to check it later find the broadcast archive on soundcloud.
BYOB is an open exhibition format I created to enable anyone to make a huge exhibition without any budget:
It’s very simple:
– find a space
– invite many artists
– ask them to bring their projectors
Please read the BYOB FAQ if you want to organize your own BYOB.