Orphans of Beauty

Unmarketable inventions, often called orphan technology, are generally considered useless. Paul DeMarinis considers them precursors to art.

Thirty years after graduating from Mills College, after working with avant-garde composer David Tudor; garnering awards and grants in visual arts and music from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; showing in major galleries in New York, San Francisco, and Japan; being named an associate professor of art at Stanford; and being commissioned for large-scale interactive installations at Park Tower Hall in Tokyo, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and Expo 1998 in Lisbon, DeMarinis is still following his own advice, sitting in the middle of his floor, surrounded by scraps of orphan technology, imagining beauty.

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