Cohort Stories: Meet Keife
vol. 3, no. 13 — guest post by Keife Beckford
I’ve always been interested in the subtle combination of art and technology growing up. Sadly there’s been a push against the arts, with ‘starving artists’ making up the bulk of the art world. There are many arguments, true or not, about why as some believe modern-day art is rejection of art and science. What I know is that everyday people play games, watch movies, and browse the internet consuming artistic forms of media made by the same people they demonize.
Seeing this, I decided to jump head first into digital arts, using 1s and 0s to make pleasing images for the world. Without technology we wouldn’t have art, and I want my life’s work to reflect that.
Artists have studied Color Theory by mixing paints to create life on canvas. They had to understand how light reacted with the world around them bouncing off various surfaces and seeping into others. Some dissected bodies to better understand human anatomy, helping doctors understand the body better also while improving their work. Now we have computers through which we make digital imagery through binary. Yet here we are today, where art is considered a side hobby. My end goal is to become a technical artist, and I feel that Hack.Diversity will help me achieve that goal.
As a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College, I decided to continue my education at Emerson College studying Interactive Media and Design. At first I didn’t think Hack.Diversity would be a good fit for me. I considered myself to be an artist first with interest in technology. As time went on, I decided to apply thinking I wouldn’t get a spot. What would a person like me be doing there? Even now I still have my doubts, but it’s something I’ve decided to embrace head first. With this opportunity I plan to make lifelong connections and learn tools I can use in my professional and personal workspace.