Kevin Slavin:

It’s only long after the fact that I’ve come to really appreciate what an art school education provided me with. Here, at Eyebeam, I’m looking at a piece that’s nicely done, but then runs these cables to the floor carelessly and with duct tape. I remember doing something similar as a freshman at Cooper Union, and Hans asking what it was supposed to mean, the way I laid the AC cables across the floor. I said, “that’s just infrastructure, it’s not part of the work.” Hans said: “so you are saying that there’s part of this I *should* look at, and part of it I *shouldn’t* look at?” I nodded, and he shrugged and said “it would be a shame, if you understand that to be what artists do.”