The 9/11 Memorial Museum has been in planning and construction for longer than most probably anticipated. But really it’s been a relatively short interval. The history of the museum as memorial of atrocity is relatively short, and when a museum plans to be around for a long time, a little bit of historical perspective can only help. The questions of the memo
Last weekend I was lucky for the opportunity to join a group of fellow parents for a tour of Matthew Barney’s studio and a preview of a couple of clips from his new film, River of Fundament. I don’t like to type “film” because Barney isn’t really a filmmaker, although virtually his entire output has been structured around films, most notably the Cremaster se
A couple of years ago, all people wanted to hear about was social. Share links were being added to everything. Of course there’s no arguing with the significance of social. But it seemed clear that so much of our private communication was moving to the Net with scant protection from prying eyes — co-workers, friends, kids, the government, et al. And most of
If I could put my life on hold for a year, I might write a book on art and technology. The thesis would be that every innovation in visual art can be traced to a technological innovation. I hypothesize that this is true not just for the modern era but for every era, where the technology may be related to paint manufacturing, optics, printing, or photography.
A month ago I was on a panel at the day-long conference “Building the Digital City.” The scope was broad, but it was mostly about the emergence of NYC’s tech industry and the new information worker landscape. The timing was fortuitous. MESH had recently completed three spaces (Grind and IFP's Made in NY Media Center) featuring “co-working,” a term of ar