WASTELAND ROMANCE: MY ART MEETS TWITTER HACKWEEK
You may or may not know that I work at Twitter, and that I find this to not only be a great place to get inspired, but also a great place to be when you have a passion beyond your worklife . Wearing two hats here isn’t discouraged, it makes sense. I think this is why we have so many incredibly creative and amazing people in one place.
Anyway, to the point, coworker B asked me a little more than a week ago if I wanted to contribute to HackWeek (http://engineering.twitter.com/2010/10/hack-week.html)* with a piece of art, and he said it with such enthusiasm (and flattery for my art) that I listened, but it didn’t really seem like something I could do. I make my art for Me. I see things that need to come together, and I put them together. I’ve never made something because I was asked to. I didn’t trust that I could do it, especially after taking a few weeks off from art. I also didn’t trust that the style of my art is what would work best here (it’s rather fem for a heap of mostly male engineers, I thought).
I promised to think about it, but wouldn’t promise to commit. Two days later, while brainstorming with J on how this could possibly work, the idea sprouted. She said something about the inside of computers, and I remembered the fascination when first seeing the inside of something electronic, or maybe when I first saw the view of land from above- How exactly like each other they looked, how opposite from each other they were**. Planes of farms, boards with dots, cities, all of the little components…
I found another J who was happy to take apart a broken laptop for me, I borrowed a camera, found some harsh window lighting in the office, printed, and then rummaged through the hundreds of patterns and books until the pieces started coming together. I wanted to express the idea of a wasteland of electronics from days gone, the lack of life but ability to create it, feeling a bit apocalyptic but not entirely doomed. They were life, they were standing atop huge buildings over a city, near farms, it was raining ideas…Maybe the world is just in their head?
Ideally, my art will never be taken too literally, and people can make their own stories of what it means to them. When I showed B in person, he already had his own sci fi story that it spoke to, others thought I might be suggesting romance at Twitter, which was never the case. For me it’s a wasteland romance. The world is at their fingertips.
*See also http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/22/twitter-hack-week/
**Fun Fact- The little collaged bits in the farm area are actually farm