“Often when I’m pressed for time I switch to the ‘let’s create something’ mentality rather quickly. I would love to have as much time for meandering research, ideation, prototyping, making and polishing processes as possible.”

DEL resident Kalli Retzepi is a designer and technologist, and a grad of the Media Lab at MIT. She uses technology, design and images in order to explore the politics of digital interfaces, the narrative of the user and to imagine new metaphors for the Web.

Q: How would your approach to artmaking change if you didn’t have to worry (as much) about making money?
A: I would spend more time researching and experimenting before I create something—often when I’m pressed for time I switch to the “let’s create something” mentality rather quickly. I would love to have as much time for meandering research, ideation, prototyping, making and polishing processes as possible.
Kalli recommends:

“A Giant Bumptious Litter: Donna Haraway on Truth, Technology, and Resisting Extinction” (Dec 2019)
Q: What tools, techniques, or resources have helped you do more with less?
A: I have been avoiding screens one hour before I go to sleep and at least one hour after I wake up, and this has naturally resulted in my journaling every morning—I find that there’s a lot of interesting ideas floating around in my head at this time of the day.
Q: When do you do your best work? How do you make space to do your best work?
A: I enjoy clearing out one or two full days and telling myself “okay, now I get to play a bit.” Often it results in some sort of sprint—motivated by the question “I wonder how much I can create in the span of these couple of days?” Some of my favorite personal work has come out of these sessions.
Q: Could you speak to your reading you’ve shared?
A: One of my favorite long reads is Donna Haraway’s interview with Logic. It’s not necessarily centered around the arts, but it’s a great portrait of a woman who stands tall amidst frenzied white male technofetishism.