Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Peter Strange Yumi

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If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

I woke up this morning thinking this: I wish I could have met Franz West before he died. He seemed to be a truly remarkable man. I like what he did with collage sculpture, and I want to learn as much as I can about his process and his work, and incorporate it into my daily work.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

McKenzie Wark, the author of A Hacker's Manifesto. I think of a creative person as being a hacker, changing the structure of things and reworking them into something new. Wark's book is about us now -- it's the new economics. He wrote it back in 2004, and it is becoming more and more apparent that his economic model of the information age is extremely accurate. I used to create music and interactive video work from coding, and in an odd way, it's how I came to collage, because in my case I rarely actually coded, I just copied and pasted what others had done.

Collage is like that, it takes from existing media structures and rearranges them into something new. If people could teach themselves the power of this, I truly believe that we could have real change happening, not just people posting online about how angry they are. We can transform society and make power more democratic if we actually want to. People can learn to have a voice.

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