I was honored that the New York Times asked me to answer some simple questions for their blog:
NYT: What is your name?
DD: Peter Halupka
NYT: What happened?
DD: Digi Daddy died.
NYT: How did he die?
DD: We’ve decided to not release this information. Let him be remembered for his work, not its punctuation.
NYT: You mentioned something else happened?
DD: Yes. The same day he died his harddrive died. All of his work from the past two years disappeared. His collection of close to 15,000 photographs was destroyed. I’m sure he would be happy to know this. He didn’t believe in the burden of loss, nor the build up of images. It wasn’t about that. Digi Daddy was about the act of recording rather than the record itself. He always preached to me, “Things will come, things will go, but one thing is for sure… Oh, can you get some of those caramels at Porto Rico on St. Marks I love so much?”
NYT: How would Digi Daddy like to be remembered?
DD: He desired for people to move forward with new and innovative ideas at all times. Be self aware and present. Consider the global perspective. “To become stagnant in the face of turmoil is to.. Are those your oreos, Jon?” was his favorite quote he would tell me.
NYT: Why am I interviewing you?
DD: I don’t know
We have but one choice; a man has died and he had wishes. There will efforts to see that these are sought out and told from the highest hill top.
We lost Digi Daddy today. We must find peace.
RIP DIGI DADDY RIP
Please forward all condolences and letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be received by those who were closest to him.
Legit efforts are being made to suggest he be the namesake of the art school. The arts program at Cooper is the only program without a name sake. Arch and Eng both have em.
Find Nick White in this. That dude.