I was asked several years ago to propose a concept for the visitors’ tunnel at a soon-to-be built prison in Duesseldorf. Germany has a budget for public art in or connected to government buildings, which made the project possible. The Justizvollzugsanstalt (prison) was built within the guidelines of humane prisons in Europe. It is a so-called model institution because the building itself was not designed by an outside architecture firm, but rather by a team of people with experience in prison life and routines.
Several years ago, I heard about a professional photographer who created portraits for houseless families. The concept moved me and prompted the conception of the Heart Is Where the Home Is project. I wanted to see the city of Austin through the eyes of the homeless community, and explore the notion of "home" outside the structural definition. These desires manifested into the purchasing of disposable cameras and asking some of the members of the houseless population with whom I work to take pictures for week that focused on how they define "home."
When GOOD Magazine asked me to pitch a sci-fi story for their Human Possibility issue last summer, I knew instantly that that I wanted to write about how the evolution of existing technology might change the fabric of our existence. What would “love,” that most basic of emotions, look like 100 years from now, especially if we had the tools to transcend our biology?