Piero’s Proses: Part 5 of 7: Computers

Part of his reaction to the question from the audience, “How have new tools like computers influenced the way you work?”:

“You use pen as tool–fine.

You use computer as brain–no.”

“I have the macintosh.

I no plug wires into it.

It sit on my desk,

I put the paper underneath it,

and it hold paper down good.

I look at it and say,

‘ooo la la! such a beautiful brick.

One of the most beautiful brick the world.'”

Source: 9/23/2004 talk by Italian designer Piero Lissoni at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

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laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

why does he have a Mac if he only uses it as a paperweight? he could buy much cheaper paperweights. and lighter ones! if he “no plug wires” into his Mac, then why buy one at all?

laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

i suppose it’s another feature of the Mac that Apple could market: paperweight. “even if you are a PC user, get a Mac for its unique paperweight feature!”

Tom Saaristo
19 years ago

Did this guy escape from an Italian mental institution?

laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

i think his bald head looks like a paperweight.

19 years ago

Well, well, well. Looks like our buddy, Piero, is at it again. I was afraid that I was being a bit too harsh after my comments on the last two segments about his talk: https://www.spudart.org/blogs/randomthoughts_comments/2490_0_3_0_C/ and https://www.spudart.org/blogs/randomthoughts_comments/2489_0_3_0_C/ I was ready to give him some credit for his “i design uncomfortable couches” statement. It DID make me reanalyze the way I look at couches. A good artist does that. No one has ever made me look at couches that way. However, based on the rest of Piero’s statements and especially this segment, I must still believe he is a sensationalist narcissist. Now he’s getting desperate. He’s an elitist artist who doesn’t like computers. Oh no. Is he the first artist ever to say he doesn’t like computers? Gee whiz. I don’t know. Ummm… Let me check. This ignorance of computers is so overdrawn. It’s pathetic. Does he think he’s some sort of trailblazer in his stance against computers? I don’t get it. He’s only joining a huge crowd of stubborn, old, ignorant, self-indulgent artists. His ignorance only makes him weaker and less effective as an artist. I can understand artists who prefer not to work with computers. They have a strong establishment in their process. My father is a traditional photographer. However, he always talks about how he should play with Photoshop. He hasn’t really dug into Photoshop that much and he may never do so. That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. He has built a solid and respected career on traditional photography. Realistically, he doesn’t need to begin work digitally. However, he has respect for the digital medium. All I’m asking from Lissoni is to show the digital realm the respect that it deserves. It’s not that hard.

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