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Are You Ready For The Future?

“Nothing stops an Idea.” -Andri Snær Magnason, LoveStar: A Novel

As the world moves swiftly toward an increasingly automated future, with AI storming into view everywhere from writing to art, politics to cinema and beyond, what might things look like a decade down the road or even beyond? Will we reach a time, like the one in LoveStar, when absolutely everything – including love – is carefully calculated? Will we begin distrusting our instincts in favor of rigid evidence in all things? What might this world look like, and would you want to live in it?

Polly Shindler spoke with us about her recent show, Windows, which ran until May 11 at Deanna Evans Projects. The title of the show – her first solo exhibition – reflects the idea of glimpsing the lives of others, small moments that create a split that forces one to consider the lives they themselves have not and will not live, the choices they have not made. To learn more, listen to the complete interview.

Andrew Castrucci/Melvin Way—We were joined by curator Andrew Castrucci, who talked with us about CO₂ Blues, an exhibition of work by the late Melvin Way at Andrew Edlin Gallery. In the late 80s, Castrucci taught art at a men’s shelter, which is where he met Melvin, encouraging him with art supplies and inspiration. Melvin was a tremendous interpreter, untangling complicated works into new pieces. To learn more, listen to the complete interview.

A few words to keep in your pocket

Maybe some things should be left to the humans. Tell us what you think in the comments…


Join me at Electric Lady Studios and Goods for Study in Greenwich Village

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android, please click here. All weekly essay pieces are here in a shareable format. The full archive of interviews is here.

More books to read

Ours is a community of readers. Tell us what books you’re reading now by adding your titles to our reading list here. Praxis member Martin Ireland is reading Wreck: The Art of Being Lost at Sea by Tom de Freston.


McColl Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program supports artistic growth with three annual terms, offering housing, studios, guidance, a stipend, and access to labs. Artists exhibit and engage with the community. To learn more and apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is June 1.


Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics and is currently faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He has written seven books for artists, including Making it in the Art World. His seventh book, The Problems in the Art World: An Artist’s A-Z Action Guide, is available now. 


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