Emily Mast

4030 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90065 mastonfig@gmail.com


HOW ARE WE, 2020, online project by Emily Mast & Yehuda Duenyas
Featuring works by: Barnett Cohen, Constance Hockaday & Faye Driscoll, Darrian O’Reilly, David Adrian Freeland, Jr., Dorothy Dubrule, Emily Mast & Yehuda Duenyas, Hana van der Kolk, Heyward Bracey, Jay Carlon, Jennie Marytai Liu, Jessica Emmanuel, Mireya Lucio, Shannon Hafez, Stacy Dawson Stearns & Terrence Luke Johnson
With critical writing by: Andy Horwitz, Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, Marie de Brugerolle, Mark Beylin & Rob Solomon
Blockchain lead developers: Mark Beylin & Rob Solomon
Blockchain developers: Dean Eigenmann & Sylvain Laurent
Design team: Janine Sun Rogers, Rudy Falagan & Saskia Clerckx
Legal counsel: Cami Boyd 
Production: Onassis Foundation

HOW ARE WE is a collectively-created performance consisting of fifteen 90-second solos made in quarantined isolation during the first wave of Covid-19 in May of 2020. In the week prior to LA’s scheduled reopening date, artists made work that responded to ten prompts proposed by Emily Mast and Yehuda Duenyas. HOW ARE WE is an artifact that at once captures a now seemingly distant moment in time and also engages with a wider set of questions cracked open by the conditions of the pandemic. The final work was uploaded onto the blockchain as an immutable digital “artifact.” Artists, writers, programmers and a lawyer co-own the work through a “smart contract” ensuring transparent and equal distribution of wealth, thus upending traditional notions of the art market and exchange. HOW ARE WE asks how artistic imagination can come together with technological innovation to reimagine the world at a time when value, equality and humanity are demanding radical reconsideration.