We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Crash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art, science, tech, history, equality, philosophy, innovation all inform each other. The boxes we put on all of the varying disciplines don’t really exist. As a creative, I utilize my abstract thinking capabilities to meld seemingly disparate aspects of humanity, compassion, news, and invention to envision various potential futures to make commentary about the state of Earth. Artists can open doors and dialogue to the fantastical, the tragic, the hidden, the common.
In a world where increasingly people perceive freedom as a brand, meme, or fashion statement, I like to challenge this notion and ask us all, what really is freedom? How do we create unity in a society that encourages blaming the “other”? Or how did the idea of identity transform into the monetization and algorithmic fear and reward sensations to drive everyone towards product purchases and compliance? Who are we in the surveillance-AI future?
Now, more than ever, the world must get creative to find a new and more equitable path that is open to disagreement and less consumerism.
This is why I chose a creative path. I choose to be free. I choose to create a new way for myself. How can humanity move forward without such creativity?
I hope that everyone starts to utilize more creativity in whatever fields they work in and accept a small bit of responsibility for the planet and those around them, even if they are people they disagree with.
I hope to keep evolving creatively and with invention so that I can at least contribute a little to the betterment of the planet.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am not a brand. I am not a story. I am not a worshipper. I am not to be worshipped. I am a philosopher, an inventor, a creator, a genre-agnostic, a mirror, a light aimed at the grey area, at the greys, I don’t pick sides, I don’t need to be heard or understood, I only need to nudge the world in what ways I can to be a more equitable place. The lessons I have learned are that each person and experience is a valuable lesson and nothing is what we ever assume it is. Under strange circumstances, perceived foes can become allies. If you are sad that the world is polarized, that America is eating itself then don’t pick a side, pick oneness, pick love, pick compassion, pick unity, pick understanding, pick joy, pick critical thinking, throw away the media and see it for what it is, a sensationalist story, stay informed, not worried. Accept we are all programed with beliefs. Everything is programming. What are you watching?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Griffith Observatory – watch the stars, learn about space. Wander through the eucalyptus groves at Will Rogers park.
Stare at some Rothko at Moca.
Wander through some random streets.
Try to get lost.
Get some food at Lassens and have a picnic on a roof.
Don’t take pictures.
Turn off our phones.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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