I felt very connected to that post [about art in fast-paced culture], and it has fit into my thoughts well. I was somewhat involved in Occupy Oakland, and installed a few pieces at Ogawa plaza- what was interesting to me was that when I was installing the works (i.e. the active and interactive process), observers seemed very excited, encouraging and interested. Many people would come up to me, give praise and ask questions- I had some great conversations. But within a day the pieces that I left were trashed, bikes parked on top cigarette butt burns, etc. After I got over the initial hurt of this (and let go of my ego a bit, after all public installations are gifts, the artist does not get to decide what happens to them. If the public wants to respect and preserve the pieces, that’s a free choice, if the public wants to destroy them, that’s also a free choice), it got me thinking about what that signified in both the immediate Occupy action, and in our hyper speed world as a whole. Is there a place for works that require a slow down, quiet contemplation? The general audience seems to either not care too much for these works, or even outwardly abhor them (in occupy, these kind of pieces, pieces that might do better surviving in a gallery, seemed to me often credited as products suited for the 1%). Not sure though whether this means that there is less place for non interactive, ‘slow’ works, or if it means they are even more necessary. But you have to do your own work no matter what, so in the end that has to be right, or might as well be, because it is the only option.