Welcome to the new Tech+Art Podcast!
Join us on this adventure as we meet & speak with: artists, makers, researchers, designers and creators from all background and fields.
Our objective is to understand their creative perspective, dive into their workflow & creative process, be inspired by new ideas and their work – and stay one step ahead of cutting-edge industry developments.
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Often times I’ll create tools for other artists to make their art – but then that’s maybe not the entire direction I would like to go in as an artist. Maybe it’s not so much of creating a business […] I don’t want to be consumed by the business side of things and logistics side, I just want to create.
But seeing that there is a need for tools to be created, that could allow people to realize their artistry in ways that are less limiting of not knowing certain techniques or technologies. So for me personally I feel like it’s kinda both. It’s going back-and-forth of creating items that allow artists to realize their artistry in ways that they wouldn’t have before by removing the beginning steps of learning technologies – but also feeling like I just need to create and learn myself and not build tools – but build art pieces.
Considering how for me representation, for me, is such a big thing. And growing up and thinking that and reflecting on that, a lot of the reason I probably wasn’t interested in this computer science world or engineering world was because I never really got to see people that look like me doing this kind of work. I didn’t see a black girl or latina girl doing creative technology – ever. And I still rarely do. And so growing up and never seeing that you don’t really feel like that’s a place for you. It’s not really a world that you can enter or do the things you want to do.
And also as an artist, I didn’t really see technologist embracing art and doing creative things growing up. So for me representation and showing people that no these worlds exist, that these people are doing this kind of work – inspired creating the YouTube channel. And showing, at the most fundamental levels the ways that you can use simple lines of code to realize art pieces, that would have been much more difficult to use outside of programming. So I think also it’s just that, of exposing the possibilities within the fields that you’re in and ways that you can use it to champion different issues and forms of expression.
I’m hopeful of it. I’m hope that the work that things Afrotectopia and that a lot of other organizations and platforms are doing of just elevating a lot of people who generally don’t have access to tech and embracing the digital divide and combating it can realize a lot more innovation in ways we haven’t seen today.
[…] I’m hopeful that with the work that’s being done now, getting more kids in the door that generally are represented in tech companies today, will just allow for technology to be this much more beautiful and inclusive thing. And then also, the companies that we’re building are more mindful about who were impacting and not be so negligent […]