James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

thoughts + feelings

01: Welcome to The Studio Visit

Newsletters. Weekly company check-ins. Sales emails. Usually the bane of our existence right? How many times do we complain about how much email we have? Of course, the correct thing to do is to add something else to the crowded inbox, right?

 

Many conversations I’ve had with people—whether in person or on Twitter—eventually funnels into why there are less things that we can intently talk about. Where’s the place for those half baked ideas that are not well-crafted enough for a blog post, but too long for a tweet. There’s been a fire in my stomach to start something like this for the past year and a half, simply realizing that I just wanted to share to you what I’ve been thinking about over the week. Slower thoughts, not as quick-witted as a tweet, but something that might make you consider something deeper. This weekly dispatch will be a mix of the following: interesting reads I found throughout the week, upcoming events, and random musings that have been rattling my brain over these seven days. Ideas are meant to be shared and not pent up in the mind, so think of it as a little letter I’m sending to you every week. I always loved the idea of pen pals, so I think this would be the next best thing. The Studio Visit.

 

The name to me as a response to the vulnerability before a visiting with a new curator, or before an upcoming art exhibition. There’s a sense that I’m putting everything out in the open, showing my work without anything to hide. The studio visit was either the greatest thing to look forward to or the scariest event that was coming up in my calendar. Since I’m a designer and artist by trade, that doesn’t mean that all I will discuss are those topics. Who knows, it might be technology, social issues, politics, or simply what hilarious GIF I found this week. Creativity is a product of everything you find and how you remix it, so if you’re not interested in that, no hard feelings. If you are, let’s have a studio visit, week by week.

 

I’ll try my best to keep this up. If you notice I’m slipping, scream at me. Email is such an intimate mode of communication that has been filled with things we don’t care about, much like how your physical mailbox is a home for student loan payment requests and unwanted sales papers. Let’s get back to sharing thoughts with others, those that exist beyond 140 characters. Thanks for joining me on this journey, I hope we learn a lot about one another. If you have any questions, don't be shy, just hit reply.

What did I find interesting this week?

1) A Ban on BusyLiz Danico talks about why the word 'busy' is a copout and why we should change that.

2) An Open Letter to White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Claim: Olivia Cole discusses the problems in this case where white students were offended by a black professor that discussed racism. Thanks to Jacqueline Gu for sharing this.

3) Interview with Baratunde Thurston: He is one of my favorite writers and comedians at the moment, and he had quite a feature on The Great Discontent this week.

4) You Are Boring: Sometimes we all need a reminder of how easy it is to talk about the same stuff and be wrapped up in our same circles. Let's challenge that.

5) Point-and-Shoot Memories: A short study that shows how taking photos of a memory really doesn't help with remembering that moment. Thanks to Anja Jamrozik for sharing this.

 

Thanks for reading and see you next week,

-James

James T. Green