Mike Mills Asks Silicon Valley Kids About the Future of Planet EarthJuxtapoz // Monday, 25 Aug 2014
Mike Mills, creator of album artwork for Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys (featured June, 2013), director of films, and all around creative created a new work for SFMOMA's Project Los Altos which we were lucky enough to check out earlier this year. Here is an excerpt from Mills' 38-minute film A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project.
“When you walk around Los Altos, you’ll notice it’s going through a change. It’s an old, sleepy California town and reminds me of Santa Barbara in the 1970s, where I grew up," remarks Mills, who says that Silicon Valley "struck me as a place of innovation and real economic and social power.” The director's interviewees are children whose parents work in the tech-industry—from high-level product managers to a chef at Google—discussing their depictions of the future. “To hear it from a cheery, happy ten-year-old, is somehow particularly icy, and really spooky," he adds. “There is this whole industry of adult futurists making these predictions, but what about the people who will actually be inhabiting the future, which is all these kids.”