IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST
The Interview – Part 2
Answered By Martha Ewence
I use metaphors like ‘ The Watchful Satan’ and ‘ Scrolling Down Gods’ when expressing my views on artificial intelligence and social media. Which metaphors would you use regarding the internet intrusion in human life? And what is your philosophical view on how most technology improvement seems to rather kick off chunks of people out of the board or invade their way of life changing it forever?
There is no ‘one way’ to use the internet. It reflects our lives. There are good things and really awful things. Things change in a social sense at a grindingly slow pace. In my internet bubble, our attitudes to Trans people in particular are at odds with what happens to trans people in the real world. This is also true of sex workers and people (immigrants and refugees) that live in Direct Provision in Ireland. Young men and women are dying at the hands of our health service from curable physical and mental ailments. Women are dying because cervical cancer is not caught early enough by the HSE, people are committing suicide because they are being discharged from mental wards. My internet algorithm reflects a lot of this pain and life experience back to me and when I am able to deal with it, I try to support the people who are suffering. Liking a tweet doesn’t really help a whole lot though. These are systemic issues.
If given a choice of rather going back in history or forward into the future; which time, place or event would you aim to witness, participate or die in? And why? Or if you choose instead to visit tomorrow, what would daily life look like? And who do you imagine yourself being?
I would go to Edith Wharton’s New York in the late 1800’s and dress exceptionally well and enjoy myself! Or maybe Anna Karenina’s Russia but perhaps without the overbearing men! I would just be wistful in a beautiful place and live vicariously through my children. I would love to be surrounded by snow for six months of the year. Also I am kind of interested in Eastern European food. My Dad is half German so I grew up on goulash, strudel and dumplings. It is hard to choose just one destination. I would also love to be in Berlin in the late eighties. The breadth of historical change that takes place in that city in only the last thirty years is really fascinating.
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‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art. By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others. As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society. If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.
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