Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian on Tech, Epic Fails, and Social Change
With millions of users worldwide, Reddit.com has become a bona fide cultural force. It’s hosted Q&As with the likes of Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert, launched web memes like Grumpy Cat, and championed activist causes, from fighting the PROTECT IP Act to winning a Greenpeace whale-naming contest. In a wide-ranging interview, cofounder Alexis Ohanian discusses failure, activism, and the Internet.
Station to Station: Doug Aitken’s Polyphonic Culture Train
“Human beings need a starting point.” The motto for The Source, Doug Aitken’s video series on creativity’s origins, could easily be the slogan for Station to Station, the art train he’s taking across the US this month. While the trip has its concrete elements—a starting point, an ending point, some really heavy train cars—he sees it as entirely open-ended: whatever happens along the way is anybody’s guess.
2012: The Year According to Julian Bleecker
For a futurist, our request might have been unwelcome: look back. Thankfully, artist and technologist Julian Bleecker agreed, offering his top 10 moments from 2012 in a list that ranges from acts of God (Hurricane Sandy) to the completely man-made (Instagram and “computational photography” cameras) to the pop cultural and artistic (Frank Ocean, Tom Sachs, and the death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch).
Kickstarting Cultural Production
Beyond fundraising statistics, Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler is gratified to see creative projects—from a new indie album to a documentary about chess champs growing up in poverty—expand from just a good idea to fully realized. “These things exist in the world just as creative projects alongside all others,” he says. “There’s no core difference, like it’s just some weird Internet thing.”
The Walker Joins Minnesota’s Arts Community in Opposing Marriage Amendment
The Walker proudly joins with 120 cultural organizations in endorsing the Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign, which is working to defeat the marriage amendment on the ballot November 6.
As the Walker’s name signals, we’re a center, bringing together pursuits from commissioning performances and collecting art to convening discussions about culture. Acknowledging our mission to investigate the questions that shape us as individuals, cultures, and communities, I’m excited to introduce our new website, an online hub for ideas about art, both inside the Walker and beyond.
Gaming the Garden
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is among the newest places people can explore with SCVNGR, a rapidly growing location-based mobile app. Writer and former marketing intern Scott Donaldson gives the scoop on how it works—and why the Walker is using it in this urban landmark and elsewhere. Snap a photo of yourself “holding” the spoon in front of Spoonbridge and Cherry: + 3 points. Dream up a new title…