October’s 4th Friday Alumni post is from the inimitable libi rose striegl, from the MFA|EDA class of 2015. Great hearing from you, doc.
Not all of it. Just the small bits that i deal with on the day to day, working at the Media Archaeology Lab. And not really history itself, per se, but the lost futures that the stubby branches and false starts of history represent. In some alternate universe we still use steam. In another, we record things on wires. In another, we have no patents on genetic material and the damn mouse went out of copyright when it was supposed to, no one ever died over accusations of intellectual property infringement. We operate as a collective as well as as individuals. Resurrecting those pasts and re-invigorating can be a fetishistic practice, in the religious sense, a sort of conjuring. But i prefer thinking through them in a sort of cannibalistic way, figuring out what can be reintroduced to shift the present towards the best of all the possible futures that lay before us. I’ve been thinking a lot (too much?) about this comic.
My betta fish died and maybe it’s silly to mourn a fish but also things being what they are, it allowed me the time and space to practice a kind of ritual mourning that i don’t usually allow myself.
Great to hear from you.
Next up: Aaron Canipe (’15)