I don't want to be an evangelist for computer
technology. I like my computer about as much
as I like my car and my telephone; meaning that
I don't care for it all that much.
Viewing artwork on a computer isn't like standing
in front of a painting. There are qualitative
differences that shouldn't be obscured. I don't
believe, as others have suggested, that elec-
tronic art will make more traditional art
Sometimes I'm surprised by the fact that I even own
a computer, let alone that I make art for the Web.
After all, I grow an organic garden every summer.
My vision of the idyllic vacation is a 10-day solo
backpacking trip in the Sierras. I take long walks
in my neighborhood, and make a point of talking to
my neighbors. In other words, I'm very tied to the
material world and my local surroundings.
But I'm also aware that I live in a house with indoor
plumbing and central heating; not a hut in the woods.
And I have to confess that some nights I call in my
pizza order, pick it up at the drive-thru window, and
motor home to watch a rented video.
In other words, technology plays a big part in my life,
and I derive some significant benefits from it. I just
try to keep a balanced perspective, and not be seduced
by the hype.
And so it is with the Web. I've met people I never would
have known, and I have a worldwide audience for my work.
But I still talk to my neighbors. And it's still important
that I buy one of those awful chocolate bars from the kid
next door who's raising money for his school band.