an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 19-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Eric Thayer. Location: New York, United States Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Annette Cords curated by respected New York-based art critic Jill Conner.

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NEW YORK IS BIG, LOUD AND OVERWHELMING.
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THAT’S WHY IT FEELS VERY COMFORTABLE TO ME.
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There are times when you think ‘Ah, forget it!’ but I still really love it, the flow of life and the people and everything… that interconnectedness.
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I just love the networks and systems of the city… how organic and grid-like it is.
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THERE ARE SO MANY LITTLE STEPS TO CREATE THIS ONE BIG THING.
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In a way, when you make something by hand or when you develop technology, it’s very incremental too.
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It’s about experimenting. With an experiment, you don't know what the outcome will be, which is what makes it interesting.
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OUT OF VERY SIMPLE LITTLE BUILDING BLOCKS, SOMETHING VERY COMPLEX AND INTELLIGENT MAY COME.
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I start a lot of my work on the computer but it always results in a physical object. Technology is becoming more and more a part of us, more and more internalized. But I feel like I still want people to remember of our presence in the world.
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I like the idea of taking simple objects that have no high art value, like wire mesh or a rubber mat, and using them as a form of surface printing.
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MAKING PHYSICAL OBJECTS PULLS YOU BACK INTO THE TACTILE ENVIRONMENT.
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To make something that’s very handmade but also has that digital component - it’s like a rubber band between two opposites. I like being able to stretch it.
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My first drawing papers were computer punch cards.
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My father was a physicist. He worked in Hamburg, Germany in a big circular underground accelerator. We would pick him up from work, and get to walk around there and see the detectors.
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IT WAS LIKE A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BUT VERY FAMILIAR.
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My father’s way of thinking influenced me a lot. Physicists try to discover something about particles. I think, like physics, art lets us ask questions about the world.
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I feel the most comfortable in my work when I’m trying to figure something out.
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ULTIMATELY, THESE QUESTIONS PLACE US IN THE WORLD AND IN A LARGER CONTEXT.