Fritz Haeg works between his art, architecture and design practice Fritz Haeg Studio (though the currently preferred clients are animals), the happenings and gatherings of Sundown Salon (now Sundown Schoolhouse), the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab (including Edible Estates), and other various combinations of building, curating, dancing, designing, exhibiting, gardening, organizing, talking, teaching, and writing. His home base since 2001 is a geodesic dome in the hills of Los Angeles.
Question: Who is responsible for the environment?
Fritz Haeg: I think it is we are always looking for a silver bullet or one answer or one person or one discipline that is going to save us. I think the thing we are realizing, the thing that I really believe in is that it is everything and everyone, really like we need a lot of really good answers, we need a lot of really good people, we need a lot of… okay, you just look art, we need a lot of difference artist, like I want a lot of different artist, I don’t want all of our artist be practicing in the same way making the same work, like obviously we don’t want that and we don’t want that from our architects either, so I have the problem with institutions that have a darkness, that say there is one particular way to practice. We are so screwed, if we have an institutions that continue to teach like that there is one chose way to do something, because if we have students growing up going to schools like that, we are pretty much bringing them drive of any individuals thought that they had or the freedom to pursue a direction that isn’t encouraged. I think more than any thing we needs schools, we need a press, we need a society that welcomes a lot of answers in a lot of different solutions in a lot of different solutions and willingness to see those different solutions sit side by side and nurture all of them together at the same time. Instead of feeling that need to select something or to pick something to the exclusion of everything else, which I think as part of is in part of our human nature to do that. We can see with politics and you can see with everything else, but I really want to encourage a world where a lot of different paths, lots of different directions are simultaneously nurtured.
Recorded On: 3/10/08