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from The Body As Monument #2

Do you feel virtual spaces have increased or decreased our need for bodily gestures? How so?
Virtual spaces can decrease our need for bodily gestures. They dictate the number of people who can participate in a given function. Gaming, music videos, etc. are designed to isolate the individual; Facebook (and similar mediums) to saturate them with virtual reality.
And of course, one of technology’s primary functions is to proliferate capitalism; which makes it inherently political. Technology is one of the primary agents in how we mass market narrow ideologies to individuals. We have more access to information than ever before, yet our children know less. Much of their day is spent communicating with others through screens. My youngest daughter is in her late 20s and perhaps her generation is the last to experience the world without this oversaturation.
Computers looked nothing like they do now. When my children were growing up, cell phones were still these new things. My children played outside, spent time with their friends. They read books and wrote letters. They learned how to communicate and be present with others. They learned how to be alone. And of course, now they have smart phones, Macs, iPads, etc., (as do I) but these things came after they learned how to be active participants in the world.
Technology should be a tool that supplements lives, not the teacher. There are emotions and moments that can never be communicated from behind any screen.

As an artist, do you feel nomadism (or the opposite- permanence) is an important part of your process? Why?
I believe that all things require balance. I lived in Nigeria for 7 years and one of my most endearing experiences was the Fulani nomad. I found that it was spiritually uplifting to be able to visit the different locations where they lived for short periods of time.
One of my goals was to spend a season traveling the countryside with them. The sense of freedom from the burden of contemporary living would have been wonderful. However, marriage, children, work, western upbringing and other responsibilities, was a prohibiting influence that demanded permanence.
But still, even with those things I have managed to see some of the world beyond my windows. I feel that experiencing the world and the communities of others is important for the ego as well as for developing empathy for others. Even though I do not travel as much as I once did, I have instilled in my children the necessity of seeing the worlds of others.
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