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Tao Ruspoli

What is your charity or cause? Why did you select this? Where does
community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?

Artists for Peace and Justice. I've been involved with this amazing
group since before the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010. They did
incredible work prior to the devastating Earthquake and have only
increased their commitment since.

One of my initial artistic endeavors was the founding of the Los
Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative (LAFCO) a bohemian collective of
filmmakers based out of a converted school bus. The aim of the project
was to use the filmmaking process as a way to interact in a meaningful
way with various communities, especially amongst people who do not
have traditional political and financial power. Art can be a purely
aesthetic pursuit, but I find it's most rewarding when it also serves
as a public good.

Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the
opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce
affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art
collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred?

I think it's a wonderfully ambitious goal that should be applauded.

How do you see this as a platform to reach a broader audience for your work?

Given that the intended audience is non-traditional art collectors, I
imagine this will expose my work to people that otherwise wouldn't
have seen it.

What are your thoughts on Art in the Digital Age?

Technology is a double edged sword. On one hand, the digital age has
democratized the creation and distribution of all kinds of work; on
the other hand, digital media risks leveling meaningful differences
between places, people and things, and thus risks dehumanizing us.
Taking advantage of the promise of technology while avoiding its
dangers has been a primary concern of mine.

As an artist, regularly producing work is a manifestation of your
distinctive view. Also it has a lot to do with influence by the work
of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you
had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?

I collect haphazardly. If I had all the money in the world, I'd build
a collection of early 20th century modern art. I think the break that
happened in western culture with the advent of movements like cubism,
surrealism, futurism, etc. is one of the most exciting events in our

Why should people buy art?

So that we artists can afford to maintain our lifestyle:)



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