The Economics of a Life in the Arts
November 28, 2006
Panel and discussion organized by Al Larsen and Trebor Scholz on the topic: negotiating a balance (?) between personal creative work and commercial work. Speakers: Dorothea Braemer, John Bell.
Artists talk a lot about freedom. So, recalling the expression "free as a bird," Morton Feldman went
to a park one day and spent some time watching our feathered friends. When he came back, he said, "You know?
They’re not free: they’re fighting over bits of food." - John Cage, from Indeterminacies
Neo-Bohemia - Richard Lloyd
Why are Artsists Poor? - Hans Abbing
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Dorothea Braemer is the Director of Squeaky Wheel Media Center and is a media artist whose work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Anthology Film Archive, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on PBS and festivals in the US and abroad.
John Bell is a Content Producer for Fisher-Price. His job combines elements of scriptwriting, storyboarding, game design and project management for interactive electronic toys and video games. At Fisher-Price he has worked on the PowerTouch books series, the Fun 2 Learn Preschool Center, and ESPN Fast Action Football. Bell’s background is in narrative film - he is a graduate of the USC Film School, previously worked at Universal Studios and has independently produced his own short narrative films.