How has being an artist changed in the last decade?

Question: How has being an artist changed in the last decade?

Fritz Haeg: Yeah, I am interested in the way the role of the artist changes, because I think it does change, it changes with culturally like in society what we need and changes I think that may be you could argue the core of what an artist does never changes its the same and it is responding in some way to the world that we live. I think that is always true, but the way the artist operates in society I think it is always changing. I think right now we live in a time where the artist is kind of embedded in this gallery system, the commercial gallery system where work is produced and then it is sold to maybe 500 people that are contemporary art collectors on the planet. Then the art institutions, so it is a very small group that are really subsidizing the contemporary art world. One thing I am struggling within my work is, how do continue my practice. I am what separated from that, I have never work with commercial art galleries, that is not to say I would not in the future, but it just so happens my work isn’t - doesn’t necessarily or hasn’t made so much sense there. So, my work is mostly commissioned by large art institutions and museums. Similar in a way to how an architect practices in that, I am conditioned or hired to do a project. So, I am almost thinking of my artist more of a service industry than a production of goods, which I think it is interesting distinction I think that economy of the work is important. If you are going to be creative in what you are making I think you should be equally creative and how it is produced and disseminated and put out in to the world.

 

Recorded On: 3/10/08

Balancing the artists core with the society around him.

COVID-19 amplified America’s devastating health gap. Can we bridge it?

The COVID-19 pandemic is making health disparities in the United States crystal clear. It is a clarion call for health care systems to double their efforts in vulnerable communities.

Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated America's health disparities, widening the divide between the haves and have nots.
  • Studies show disparities in wealth, race, and online access have disproportionately harmed underserved U.S. communities during the pandemic.
  • To begin curing this social aliment, health systems like Northwell Health are establishing relationships of trust in these communities so that the post-COVID world looks different than the pre-COVID one.
Keep reading Show less

Lonely? Hungry? The same part of the brain worries about both

MRI scans show that hunger and loneliness cause cravings in the same area, which suggests socialization is a need.

Credit: Dương Nhân from Pexels
Mind & Brain
  • A new study demonstrates that our brains crave social interaction with the same areas used to crave food.
  • Hungry test subjects also reported a lack of desire to socialize, proving the existence of "hanger."
  • Other studies have suggested that failure to socialize can lead to stress eating in rodents.
Keep reading Show less

A Chinese plant has evolved to hide from humans

Researchers document the first example of evolutionary changes in a plant in response to humans.

Credit: MEDIAIMAG/Adobe Stock
Surprising Science
  • A plant coveted in China for its medicinal properties has developed camouflage that makes it less likely to be spotted and pulled up from the ground.
  • In areas where the plant isn't often picked, it's bright green. In harvested areas, it's now a gray that blends into its rocky surroundings.
  • Herbalists in China have been picking the Fritillaria dealvayi plant for 2,000 years.
Keep reading Show less

Who is the highest selling artist from your state?

What’s Eminem doing in Missouri? Kanye West in Georgia? And Wiz Khalifa in, of all places, North Dakota?

Eminem may be 'from' Detroit, but he was born in Missouri
Culture & Religion

This is a mysterious map. Obviously about music, or more precisely musicians. But what’s Eminem doing in Missouri? Kanye West in Georgia? And Wiz Khalifa in, of all places, North Dakota? None of these musicians are from those states! Everyone knows that! Is this map that stupid, or just looking for a fight? Let’s pause a moment and consider our attention spans, shrinking faster than polar ice caps.

Keep reading Show less

MIT breakthrough in deep learning could help reduce errors

Researchers make the case for "deep evidential regression."

Credit: sdeocoret / Adobe Stock
Technology & Innovation
  • MIT researchers claim that deep learning neural networks need better uncertainty analysis to reduce errors.
  • "Deep evidential regression" reduces uncertainty after only one pass on a network, greatly reducing time and memory.
  • This could help mitigate problems in medical diagnoses, autonomous driving, and much more.
Keep reading Show less
Quantcast