Two years ago today I asked Kennedy to give me a tour of our San Francisco home. We had spent the past ~2.5 years making something magical together. Having viewed the place at night, we found it and all of the moving mirror walls a bit weird, but in the “we love it and we’ll take it” kind of weird.
First to view the place, first to apply, it was our home by December 2017. Slowly and artfully we transformed weird into something spiritual - a home beyond where you sleep, it was a place to dream. We painted, colored, and wrote poems almost daily for years. We explored the world. We explored each other.
Then, came COVID-19. January speculation on Twitter turned to near mayhem by February. On February 29th, 2020 (Leap Day), we held our last party at home nicknamed “BAEview” by this point. Half IRL and half remote, it was a great event but everything had clearly changed. This was the last time we saw many of these friends, physically at least.
These changes led to the beautiful Saturday, April 4th, 2020. All I remember is it was
sunny foggy day in San Francisco. It was our 35th day of shelter-in-place. We spent the morning sewing the BAE logo in leather on to Kennedy’s jean jacket and bird watching through the myriad of windows our home provided. Only days earlier we made the emotional decision to leave San Francisco as nomads.
a Tribute to Brent Renaud (October 13, 1971 to March 13, 2022)
Update (03.16.2022): Craig Renaud has published a tribute to his brother in Time Magazine.
Update (03.16.2022): Craig Renaud and Christof Putzel are in Poland now. All funds raised up to $10,000 will go towards getting Brent’s remains and his filming partner, Juan, out of Ukraine and back home in the U.S. The remainder will go to the family to use as they see fit or donated to journalism. Don’t have ETH to buy an NFT edition? Send USD to Mami Renaud on PayPal (@mamikrenaud).
Curation is a hot topic and not just for NFTs.
“You Are Not a Curator, You Are Actually Just a Filthy Blogger” headlines Choire Sicha’s 2012 article about the rise of curator influencers on Tumblr and social media. This is in direct contrast to Alina Cohen’s 2018 article for Artsy “Everyone’s a Curator. That’s Not (Always) a Bad Thing.”
Fast forward to 2022 and NFTs have reignited the debate with the traditional art world. The core of the question?
What is curation and who are the curators of Internet culture?