Ron Mallis: Metaphors, fractals, and art in public places

One of the Lab's major goals -- perhaps the major goal -- is to incubate new collaborations (emphasis intended) to support art in public places. Participants at the October 4 workshop -- "Civic Innovation, Digital Media, and Arts in Public Places" -- whether by design or otherwise surfaced any number of examples in which collaboration is a manifestation of informal social interaction rather than more formal partnerships. Candy Yang discussed the project "Traveling in Your Own Room," which she described as "exploring private space as a way of de-isolating people, creating community, becoming more intimate." Even -- or especially -- the "New York City Kids" project described in the New York Times, through text and "kids-produced" individual videos, is another example of how individual stories, artifacts, memories collectively can honor, via art, the public and the places. 

To repeat a sentiment I ran across not long ago: "Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos. It's about the ideas that never existed until after everyone entered the room." And that room isn't necessarily indoors.