The artists of Creative Capital never fail to inspire, or to provide unexpected insight. This year is no different. Listening to Andy Kropa talk about his efforts to "hack Alzheimers," I watched a demonstration of an app designed to scrub backwards, much like a video editor might, to remind the sufferer of an event in the recent past - to get directions, or to be reminded of an appointment, or to put a name with a picture.
Ken Gonzales-Day, whose artwork focuses on the troubled history of race in America, showed several images of public lynchings, spectacles all. Asked about the why of his art, Gonzales-Day talked briefly about the importance of seeing things as they are, or in his words, "to see differently" so that healing may take place. It impressed me.
I was struck watching the two artists talk and show their work about the importance of memory. A fidelity to events means more than accuracy. It occurred again to me that it means someone - or someplace - may make its way toward a better place.