DE-CONSTRUKT founder Laura Arena on her NYC residency space, co-living, and collaboration
NYC Artist and Human Hotel host Laura Arena in DECONSTRUKT – a creative residency space for collaboration and co-living.
Artwork on the walls of Laura’s creative space. Photo: Ventiko
This is a hard time to do almost anything. But it’s an especially difficult time to run an art space – and to be a Human Hotel. Laura is both!
From her base in Red Hook, Brooklyn, she runs what she calls: “A project space for living, creations, and experimentation” out of an old factory building. The space pretty much resembles anyones New York-daydream. Including huge skylights and an amazing view of Manhattan.
“Amazing” is also a fitting word for Laura and her multidisciplinary energy.
“I can’t seem to stay in one place very long which can make things difficult sometimes. My sister says I’m a butterfly. I kind of like this idea. I’m a designer, curator, activist, and artist living between Brooklyn and Berlin, and sometimes other places”, Laura tells us.
We were happy to tell Laura that we found her a great roommate the other day! A female entrepreneur and start-up founder is moving in this month. Which is not just a great human match, but an important part of keeping this unique Red Hook art space alive and covering bills.
Laura’s own work encompasses photography, video, installation and writing. Often in the form of social interventions with a focus on storytelling, human rights causes, gameplay, and identity. She has exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide – and like ourselves – have never done any of this for the sake of profit.
So it feels more than satisfying to be able to help someone like Laura continue her work and programming. We are so thrilled to feel the community working. It might not be much yet. But everything counts right now.
Stay strong out there. We’ll get through this together!
“The clothing and textile industry is one of the richest and most productive ones on the planet. Fast-fashion has been taking over the world in the last few decades, being the exact opposite of what can be considered sustainable living.
Is it possible to merge the ever-changing multibillion-dollar clothing industry and its need for fashionable outfits with sustainability?”
“My freedom ends where yours begins” is one of the very well-known rules that define the boundaries of our lives. Sometimes, however, these boundaries are too tight and we feel the need of going beyond and experiment, try, fail, improve, try again to fully understand what our role in the world is.
What is more important, then? The realization of our own personal talents and mission or the adherence to the boundaries of the society? Is a certain level of selfishness excusable if it is needed to accomplish our mission on this planet or is collective freedom a unbreakable ethical barrier?”
“Oscar Wilde used to say “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.“. Love can however be more complex than that, as it is one of the most thrilling, intense and yet frightening feelings you can experience. Sometimes, it can even turn into a way to escape from your own chaotic and paralyzing thoughts and emotions.”