Interview at Andrew + Sitraka


Interview preparation:

From: Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine

short bouts of stress can boost immunity and raise levels of cancer;

When you’re consumed with jealousy, Effect: raised blood pressure, heart rate and adrenalin levels, weakened immunity and anxiety

Another example,

A long-term study in Michigan looked at women who suppressed their anger in confrontations with their partners and found that they had twice the risk of dying from conditions such as heart attack, stroke or cancer.

There are many other examples.

In this case I would like to work with an artefact which can recognize those feelings and help individuals to acknowledge the emotion, embrace it and if they are prepared to do so, to transform negativity into positivity.

Following these points, we can now move on to consider the basic interaction between a therapist and a patient we can say that the patient usually needs to be willing to change something. The therapist shows them their blind spots, the things the they have not seen. This therapy therefore increases the patient’s awareness, the lessons are learnt, the changes are made and the result is increased positivity.

1. Do you think that a "therapeutic" art installation could now or in the near future replace a psychiatrist or a therapist? If so, how? If not, why not?

2. Introduction to question 2

We are living in a world of uncertainty and confusion.

Global problems include climate change; terrorism; wars and financial insecurity.

Society is destroying people’s motivation to improve the world we live in. In order for society to grow and develop, individuals need to work collectively and to feel that their efforts will bear fruit for future generations.

It is accepted that the capacity to work well is shared fairly equally among human beings. There is harmony and a balance that makes our planet dynamic.

Mother nature has given us the tools and capacity to live healthily and in harmony with human beings, animals and plants.

As humans, we all have different capabilities, different objectives and different emotional and material needs depending on our personal circumstances.

Many people are lost among fears, negativity and emotional blocks. Fear can attack millions of people, changing their attitudes and robbing them of motivation .

2. How can designers and artists counter this problem and "unblock" people? How can art encourage each person to develop a strong sense of positivity towards the world?

And also ...

How could human beings collaborate and interact to create a better world through art?

3. Introduction to question 3

We create our own reality according to our perceptions.

What is an environment? The definition of environment differs from one person to another.

We create our space, and based on that space we develop our senses and transform ourselves by adapting to our environment.

James Turrell said in an interview: ‘The world is not what we received, but what we create. We are part of the creativity, we are co-creators.’

3. How important is it to you, personally, to create artistic projects in which individuals can identify with the reality of their own emotions?

4. Introduction to question 4

Looking at your biography, you have worked as a freelancer designer; interaction designer and from 2015, while working with [SPACE] Art + Tech (London), you started to define yourself an artist.

4. Why did you redefine yourself as an artist and...

what is the difference between an artist and a design maker?

5. Introduction to question 5

You are specialized in crafting narratives through objects and artifacts using these to tell stories and to question and thrill.

As I understand it, you mainly use science as a source for questions for your projects.

5. How important is collaboration with these professional figures, in this case, scientists, to your work? How often do you collaborate with them?

6. Introduction to question 6

Your R&D connected Lamp project is extremely inspiring to me and to my project.

‘The aim of this project was to design a lamp to convey an intangible emotional connection between patients in hospital and their family and close friends.’

This task must have required great sensitivity because you had to connect with people suffering from serious illnesses and their families who were also suffering great emotional distress.

‘Families sent drawings or images to the patient's private lamp which translated the content of these messages into a generative "light show"’

6. My question is, did you study the emotional effects on patients of the conceptual drawings and images transmitted by the lamp? Did you categorize them? If so, how? Were those emotions all positive or were there also negative reactions?

7. Photon Shower project

It would be amazing to have this installation in every airport, available for the use of every traveller.

a. What kind of feedback did you receive from users?

b. The benefits of using blue light to ‘manage’ jet lag has been confirmed by scientists. Why blue light?

c. On the subject of collaboration, there were a large number of people involved in the Photon Shower project. I wonder whether this level of collaboration made the project easier or more challenging to manage?

d. What’s next for your Photon Shower?

8. Speaking about another of your projects: "Concert of the wind"

How in practice did you track the trajectories of flocks of birds?

How did the audience respond to this project?

9. Speaking about the present:

You are a very international person.

Why did you choose London as your base?

What other places around the world offer, in your opinion, stimulating and creative horizons?

10. When you receive a new commission how do you analyse and structure the project?

11. How accurate is your data? What's the level of uncertainty? How sure are you of your conclusions and interpretation?

12. Could you tell me about any surprising findings from any of your research projects?

13. What is the coolest thing about your work/research?

14. Some art pieces exist for centuries and others for 20 minutes. Does a piece of performance art therefore have less cultural and emotional value?

15.

If I said to you now... think about a DREAM that you have... you have all the financial support and all the people you choose to assist you, what kind of project would you develop; why and with whom?


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