It is mildly ironic that the times when you are most active, and have the most to say, are also when you have the least time to blog.
That's what I've found anyway — over the last 18 months I have done an absolute ton, and not blogged at all. It's time to change that.
Just turning the pages quickly in my mind: I have launched a new, funded arts & technology residency program here in New York, and worked with three brilliant artists to help achieve their project ambitions.
In the residency we have looked at issues of trans-humanism & cyborgism, genetic surveillance, biometrics in VR, and Artificial Intelligence. All of this I have done with my brilliant collaborator Ellen Pearlman, and with the support of my incredible host company, ThoughtWorks.
Together we ran a full Art-A-Hack co-creation program with 50 multi-disciplinary participants to create nine experimental projects in emerging tech, looking at Brain-Computer Interface, Virtual & Mixed Reality, Natural User Interfaces, and assistive technology.
We announced our first AI Open Call, with the help & support of Meredith Whittaker of AI Now. We reviewed 63 exceptional applications, and awarded a residency to Karen Palmer to develop her interactive AI film, RIOT. We look forward to welcoming Karen in the Fall of 2017.
In my personal practice, I have created a major new installation work, named Emergency Room, which was presented at a solo exhibition at HarvestWorks New York, in 2016. The work looks at the relationship between personal health, biometrics and global warming.
I have presented my work at Creative Tech Week in New York, and at TEDxVilnius in Lithuania (video coming soon). This has given me the fantastic opportunity to learn how to communicate and share this work with a general audience.
I have worked with employees from Google, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud and many more to form ClimateAction.Tech, which looks at the role technologists can play in the urgent issue of climate change.
Finally, the most meaningful and exciting occasion I can think of. Last summer I proposed to my loving partner of over nine years, Julie Yaunches, and to my delight she accepted!
We will be married at Mount Tremper Arts, in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York, on August 5th this year, surrounded by friends & family in the open New England air. Out of everything I have done, of this I am proudest, and to have found such a wonderful and loving partner makes me happiest of all.
That's a lot to have done, in the 18 months since I last blogged, and that's just the most major and public stuff. There are a lot of projects, events and activities not mentioned here. That's the pace of life I have discovered here in New York — people all over this city are living at this type of pace.
However, it's good to stop, blog and reflect on life as it goes by. Going forward there is a lot more in all these various pipelines. I'm planning to keep up the trajectories of all of the above, but also to make a point of dropping notes into my blog more frequently as things move along.