March 6, 2014 - Theaster Gates

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Massachusetts allows upskirt photography, teens pursue the "thigh gap," Warner Music holds "Happy Birthday" hostage, and Theaster Gates uses art to revitalize urban spaces.

>> Stephen: TONIGHT, ANINOVATION IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY'RESQUIRTING IN RABBITS' EYES NOW.

THEN, ARE COPYRIGHT LAWSUITSGETTING OUT OF HAND?

UNFORTUNATELY, THE ANSWER TOTHAT QUESTION HAS BEEN

TRADEMARKED.

( LAUGHTER )AND MY GUEST THEASTER GATES

BELIEVES WE CAN TRANSFORM POORNEIGHBORHOODS WITH ART.

THAT'S EASY-- JUST PAINT ABETTER NEIGHBORHOOD OVER IT.

( LAUGHTER )STAPLES IS CLOSING 225 STORES.

GREAT-- NOW WHERE WILL I NOTFIND THE INK CARTRIDGES I NEED?

THIS IS THE "COLBERT REPORT."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN.

I'VE GOT TO SAY, I WAS-- I WAS ALITTLE-- THANK YOU SO MUCH,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

I WAS A LITTLE BIT WORRIED THEREFOR A MOMENT BECAUSE THE TWO

STEPHENS WEREN'T IN SYNC WITHEACH OTHER, BUT THEN WE ACHIEVED

WHAT ASTRONOMERS CALL AHARMONIC CONVERGENCE.

NATION, IF YOU WATCH THIS SHOW--AND I HOPE YOU DO-- YOU KNOW I

TREAT EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR LIKEIT'S THE 4th OF JULY.

BUT THERE MAY BE NO 4th MOREJULY THAN TODAY, THE 6th OF

MARCH.

BECAUSE TODAY, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, AMERICA GOOT A LITTLE

BIT FREER.

>> A SURPRISING RULING WEDNESDAYFROM THE HIGH COURT IN

MASSACHUSETTS.

THE PRACTICE OF SO-CALLEDUPSKIRTING-- THAT IS, TAKING

PHOTOS UP A WOMAN'S SKIRTWITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE-- IS

ACTUALLY LEGAL IN THAT STATE.

>> Stephen: UPSKIRTING ISLEGAL!

LET FREEDOM RING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )( LAUGHTER )

OH, MY.

SOMEONE WAXES THEIR CLAPPER.

ALL RIGHT.

( LAUGHTER )NOW, NATION, FOR THE RECORD, I

WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUTTHIS.

I DO NOT APPROVE OF UNAUTHORIZEDGROIN PHOTOGRAPHY.

IT IS WRONG.

BUT ARE THE ME REMIND YOU, YOUCANNOT SPELL "FREAK" WITHOUT

FIRST SPELLING "FREA."

AND WE OWE OUR NEWFOUND RIGHT TOASSEMBLE UNDER STRANGERS' LEGS

TO PEEPING PATRIOT,MICHAEL ROBERTSON.

NOW, HE MAY NOT LOOK LIKE ACIVIL RIGHTS HERO, LOOKS MORE

LIKE A GUY STROKIN'IT BEHIND THE FROG POND IN

BOSTON COMMON, BUT THAT WOULD BEPREJUDICE.

BECAUSE THIS MAN STRUCK A BLOWFOR LIBERTY.

HE EXPOSED A LEGAL LOOPHOLE INHIS STATE'S OPPRESSIVE PEEPING

TOM LAW, AND LIKE A LOT OFLOOPHOLES, IT WAS EXPOSED ON THE

SUBWAY.

>> BACK IN 2010, THIS GUY,MICHAEL ROBERTSON OF ANDOVER WAS

ACCUSED OF UPSKIRTING TWICE ONTHE GREEN LINE.

HIS DEFENSE?

THE LAW SAY IT'S ONLY A CRIME IFTHE WOMAN IS NAKED.

THAT'S WHAT HIS ATTORNEY ARGUEDLAST YEAR.

>> SECTION 105 DOESN'T PROHIBITTHAT KIND OF CONDUCT.

>> THAT IS COURAGEOUS OF HISLAWYER TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM.

REALLY COURAGEOUS FOR HER TOSTAND UP ANYWHERE NEAR MICHAEL

ROBERTSON.

THIS DECISION MEANS THATUPSKIRTING AMERICANS NO LONGER

HAVE TO SIT AT THE BACK OF THEBUS.

NOW THEY CAN LAY DOWN ON THEFLOOR LIKE THEY LIKE.

BECAUSE THE MASSACHUSETTSSUPREME COURT FOUND THE THAT

ROBERTSON WAS NOT A PEEPING TOM.

"A FEMALE PASSENGER ON ANM.B.T.A. TROLLEY WHO IS WEARING

A SKIRT, DRESS, OR THE LIKE ISNOT A PERSON WHO IS PARTIALLY

NUDE, NO MATTER WHAT IS OR ISNOT UNDERNEATH THE SKIRT, BY

WAY OF UNDERWEAR OR OTHERCLOTHING."

YES, UNDERWEAR OR NO UNDERWEAR,AS LONG AS YOU WEAR A SKIRT,

TECHNICALLY YOU'RE NOT NUDE.

THAT'S WHY "BASIC INSTINCT" ISRATED "G."

( LAUGHTER )AND FOR ANY LADIES WHO MIGHT BE

UPSET OUT THERE, REMEMBER,MASSACHUSETTS HAS GIVEN YOU THE

RIGHT TO UPSKIRT, TOO.

SO IF YOU'RE NEXT TO A SEXYYOUNG HIGHLANDER, JUST GRAB YOUR

PHONE AND SNAP A PIC OF HISBAGPIPE.

AND IT'S ALL THANKS TO THISHERO.

I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF ONEDAY SOMEONE BUILT A STATUE TO

HONOR MICHAEL ROBERTSON,ONE ASSUMES RIGHT UNDER THE

STATUE OF LIBERTY.

AND FOLKS, FOLKS, THAT LANDMARKRULING COULD NOT

HAVE COME AT A MORE APPROPRIATETIME BECAUSE WOMEN'S HISTORY

-- I'M SORRY.

I MEANTWOMYN'S HERSTORY MONTHSTRATION.

FOR THE RECORD, I WON'T BEMENTIONING ANY AFRICAN AMERICAN

WOMEN.

YOU ALREADY HAD YOUR HISTORYMONTH.

DON'T GET GREEDY.

BUT I DO WANT TO TALK TONIGHTABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S CLOSE TO

ALL WOMEN'S HEARTS-- WOMEN'SBODIES.

THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE ONWOMEN TO BE THIN THESE DAYS, AND

ALL DAYS.

NOW, SOME WOMEN SAY, "SCREW IT.

I'M BIG.

I'M BEAUTIFUL.

DEAL WITH IT."

LIKE KERRY WASHINGTON, WHOSHOWED UP AT THE OSCARS WITH A

HUGE BEER GUT.

BRAVE YOUNG LADYBUT SADLY, MANY FALL VICTIM TO

SOCIETAL PRESSURE.

IN THE U.S. ALONE, 20 MILLIONWOMEN SUFFER FROM AN EATING

DISORDER AT SOME TIME IN THEIRLIVES.

AND IT'S STARTING EARLIER ANDEARLIER.

DID YOU KNOW SOME WOMEN ONLYWEIGH 8 POUNDS?

STOP READING "COSMO."

AND IT'S NOT JUST HOW MUCHLADIES LOSE.

IT'S WHERE THEY LOSE IT FROM.

>> THE DANGEROUS THIGH GAPTREND.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS?

THIS IS AN OBSESSION AMONG SOMEYOUNG WOMEN TO GET SO SKINNY

THAT THEIR THIGHS DON'T TOUCHWHEN THEIR FEET ARE TOGETHER.

>> RUNWAY MODELS HAVE IT.

>> WOMEN DANGEROUSLY OBSESSEDWITH GETTING A THIGH GAP.

>> Stephen: YES, YOUNG GIRLSARE OBSESSED WITH HAVING A THIGH

GAP.

I BLAME THE IMPOSSIBLE BODYSTANDARD SET BY SPONGEBOB.

( LAUGHTER )THEN AGAIN, THEN AGAIN IT DOES

MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR THIS GUY.

AND IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT 40%OF WOMEN FEEL THEY ARE

CONSTANTLY DIETING.

THE OTHER 60% ARE STARTING THEIRDIETS TOMORROW.

I SWEAR.

FOLKS, TO ME, IT'S OBVIOUS WHATIS GOING ON HERE-- SOCIETY HAS

INTRINSICALLY LINKED A WOMAN'SVALUE TO HER OUTWARD APPEARANCE

THEREBY UNDERMINING HER STATUSAND STRENGTHENING THE

PATRIARCHAL HEDGEMONEY.

WHAT?

WHAT'S THAT?

OH, WOW!

I JUST GOT A MASTERS IN WOMEN'SSTUDIES FROM WELLESLEY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AND I DESERVE THIS, FOLKS.

I DESERVE THIS BECAUSE I HAVELEARNED A TON ABOUT THE LADIES

FROM WATCHING THEIR COMMERCIALS.

FOR INSTANCE, I KNOW WHICHSHAMPOOS MAKE THEIR HAIR MOVE IN

SLOW MOTION.

I KNOW THE CHEESE THAT MAKESTHEM LAUGH.

AND I KNOW THE TAMPONS THAT HELPTHEM RIDE BIKES.

THAT'S JUST FOR LADIES.

I TRIED USING ONE IN SPIN CLASSAND ENDED UP IN THE EMERGENCY

ROOM.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

AS A FEMINIST-- I UNDERSTANDCHICAGO HAS A NAKED BIKE RIDE

EVERY SUMMER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

MIGHT COME IN HANDY.

FOLKS, AS A FEMINIST, I SAYWOMEN NEED TO GIVE

THEMSELVES A BREAK.

THAT'S WHY I'M SO EXCITED ABOUTA NEW PRODUCT THAT LETS WOMEN

ENJOY ALL THE FOOD THEY WANT,JUST NOT WITH THEIR MOUTHS.

>> EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE COOLINGSENSATION OF FROZEN YOGURT.

NEW DIAL FROZEN YOGURT BODYWASH.

WRAP YOUR SKIN IN COOLINGMOISTURE FOR SKIN SO

REFRESHINGLY SOFT, PEOPLE WILLNOTICE.

>> Stephen: YES, HE NOTICEDTHAT SHE SHOWERED WITH FROZEN

YOGURT AND HE'S ASKING TCB WHYDID YOU DO THAT?

( LAUGHTER )NOW, FOLKS, BESIDES FROZEN

YOGURT, DIAL IS ALSO RELEASING AGREEK YOGURT BODY WASH.

I JUST HOPE THEY DON'T MAKE ONEOUT OF THAT JAMIE LEE CURTIS

POOP YOGURT BECAUSE IT COULDMAKE FOR A MESSY SHOWER.

BUT YOGURT'S NOT THE ONLY THINGON THE MENU.

THE BEAUTY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ISSERVING AN ALL-YOU-CAN'T-EAT

BUFFET.

>> TODAY'S MENU-- JUICYPOMEGRANATE, PERSIMMON, AND

LYCHEE SURPRISE.

POSITIVELY DELICIOUS.

>> AVOCADO,OLIVE, AND ALMOND.

>> THESE, THESE, AND THESE GO INHERE SO YOU CAN LOOK LIKE THIS.

>> IF YOU THINK YOU LIKE HOTCINNAMON BUNS OR HOT COCOA OR

COBBLER OR PINK FROSTED LAYERCAKE TO EAT, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED

UNTIL YOU SHOWER WITH THESEITEMS.

( LAUGHTER )>> Stephen: LADIES, ARE YOU

GETTING THIS?

YOUR LIFE IS INCOMPLETE IFYOU'RE NOT BATHING IN CAKE.

AND THESE PRODUCTS DON'T JUSTMAKE YOU LOOK GOOD ENOUGH TO

EAT.

THEY MAKE YOU EDIBLE.

AND ISN'T MAKING WOMEN INTO ACONSUMABLE PRODUCT WHAT THE

BEAUTY INDUSTRY IS ALL ABOUT?

BECAUSE ONCE YOU SMELL LIKE YOUHAD A THREE-WAY WITH THE KEEBLER

ELF AND COOKIE PUSS, MEN WILLEAT YOU UP.

>> MY AGREE!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )I ONLY HAVE ONE CRITICISM.

WHY ARE WOMEN BEING PORTRAYED ASNOTHING MORE THAN SWEET LITTLE

THINGS?

WHY CAN'T THEY BE SAVORYENTREES?

I DREAM OF A DAY WHEN YOUNGWOMEN LOOFA WITH A PORTERHOUSE

STEAK, USE A MASHED POTATOCONDITIONER AND A MANWICH

SELF-TANNER.

( LAUGHTER )THIS IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH,

GODDAMN IT.

AND I SAY IT'S TIME TO SEE WOMENAS MORE THAN JUST PIECES OF MEAT

BECAUSE NOW WE CAN GET THEM TOMARINATE THEMSELVES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,NATION. LIKE EVERYBODY,

I JUST LOVE BIRTHDAYS,ESPECIALLY MY OWN.

I CAN REMEMBER THEM ALL-- FROMLAST YEAR WHEN MY WIFE TREATED

ME TO BREAKFAST IN BED, ALL THEWAY BACK TO THAT VERY SPECIAL

DAY IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN IARRIVED KICKING, SCREAMING, AND

COVERED IN GOO.

AH, TO BE 30 AGAIN.

WELL, THIS WEEK, WE CELEBRATE AVERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY BECAUSE

THE SONG "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TURNS90 YEARS OLD.

AND I AM GOING TO WISH HAPPYBIRTHDAY A FESTIVE ANNUAL AGE

INCREASE THE WAY YOU WOULD ANY90-YEAR-OLD BY SINGING A SONG

THAT REMINDS THEM WHAT THEIRNAME IS.

HAAAPPPYYY.

( LAUGHTER )( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

SORRY ABOUT THAT, FOLKS.

IT TURNS OUT YOU CANNOT SINGHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HAPPY

BIRTHDAY, EVEN ON HAPPYBIRTHDAY'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY

BECAUSEBECAUSE WARNER MUSIC

CONTENTIOUSLY OWNS THE COPYRIGHTTO THE SONG AND HAS BEEN EARNING

MILLIONS FROM PEOPLE CELEBRATINGTHEIR BIRTHDAYS FOR A QUARTER OF

A CENTURY.

AND WARNER IS SO PROTECTIVE OFHIS SONG, THAT EVEN TO SING

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN A RESTAURANT,AT A CONCERT, OR A PUBLIC PLACE,

YOU MUST PAY ROYALTIES.

DON'T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARESERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

MARILYN MONROE SANG IT TOPRESIDENT KENNEDY AND ONE YEAR

LATER THEY WERE BOTH DEAD.

FOLKS-- I KNOW, I KNOW.

FOLKS, THIS IS A SHAMELESS CASHGRAB, AND IN WARNER MUSIC

INSISTS THAT HAPPY BIRTHDAYBELONGS TO THEM, THEN I TONIGHT

OFFER AMERICA A BIRTHDAY SONGTHAT BELONGS TO US.

JUST AS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED,THIS SONG, LIKE AMERICA IS

ROYALTY FREE.

SO, PLEASE RISE, FOR THE SINGINGOF OUR NEW NATIONAL BIRTHDAY

ANTHEM.

♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

♪ NOW WE ALL GET TO SING.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR FREE♪ AND THE CANDLE'S RED GLARE

DON'T SET FIRE TO YOUR HAIR♪ YOU'RE GETTING SO OLD.

AND YOU'RE SHAPED LIKE A PEAR♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY-- INSERT NAME

HERE.

♪ IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT, JUSTMUMBLE SOFTLY.

♪ WARNER MUSIC CAN'T SUE MEAND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪

MAKE A WISH!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHTIS AN ACTIVIST WORKING TO

TRANSFORM POOR NEIGHBORHOODSWITH ART.

WELL, THAT EXPLAINS ALL THECHALK OUTLINES IN CHICAGO.

PLEASE WELCOME THEASTER GATES.

WHOOO!

GOOD TO SEE YOU!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

BROTHER GATES, HOW ARE YOU?

>> SUPER GOOD, MAN, THINGS AREWELL.

>> Stephen: I JUST MET YOUBACKSTAGE A LITTLE WHILE AGO AND

I ALMOST HAVE A CONTACT HIGH OFFOF ALL THE POSITIVE ENERGY THAT

COMES OFF OF YOU.

YOU ARE AN ARTIST, CORRECT?

>> I AM.

>> Stephen: HOW WOULD YOUDESCRIBE YOUR ART?

>> I BELIEVE MY ART ISINTERESTED IN TRANSFORMING UGLY

THINGS INTO BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

THE PERCEPTION OF UGLY SPACESINTO BEAUTIFUL SPACES.

>> Stephen: LET ME EXPLAIN TOTHE PEOPLE A LITTLE BIT HOW YOU

DO THAT.

YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO.

YOU'RE AN INSULATION AND SOCIALPRACTICE ARTIST AND YOUR WORK

HAS BEEN SHOWN IN CHICAGO, ALLOVER THE WORLD AT THIS POINT.

YOU HOLD MASTERS DEGREES IN FINEART, RELIGIOUS STUDIES, AND

URBAN PLANNING, MR. SMARTYPLANT, AND THE FOUNDER OF THE

NONPROFIT REBUILD FOUNDATION.

LET'S SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF-- JUSTONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DO IN

CHICAGO.

JIMMY, SHOW ONE OF THE PHOTOSTHAT WE OF OF MR. GATES.

THAT'S THE HOUSE ON THE LEFT YOUFOUND AND BOUGHT.

AND THIS IS WHAT YOU DID DO ITON THE RIGHT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: EXPLAIN TO ME HOWYOU TRANSFORMED THIS HOUSE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS HOUSEMEANS NOW?

>> WELL, AT FIRST THE HOUSE ISABANDONED.

>> Stephen: YES.

AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

>> THAT MEANT THAT-- WELL, WHENTHINGS ARE ABANDONED, OTHER

THINGS START TO HAPPEN IN THEHOUSE, LIKE PEOPLE WOULD GO INTO

THE HOUSE.

AND DO BAD THINGS IN THE HOUSE.

>> Stephen: YOU CAN USE THEWORD "GANG VIOLENCE" IF YOU'D

LIKE.

>> IT WAS UNDER USED AND WECONVERTED THE HOUSE INTO A SMALL

ARCHIVE AND INVITED OURNEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS TO USE THE

ARCHIVE FROM TIME TO TIME.

IT WAS A WAY OF CREATING KIND OFAN AMENITY IN A NEIGHBORHOOD

WHERE THERE WERE SEEMINGLY FEWAMENITIES.

>> Stephen: LET'S SHOW THENEXT HOUSE HERE, JIMMY.

THIS HOUSE, THERE IT IS ON THELEFT FIRST, ANDS AND THAT YOU

DID TO IT ON THE RIGHT.

WHEN YOU TURN THE HOUSE ON THELEFT-- WHEN YOU TURN IT INTO A

WORK OF ART, DO YOU GIVE IT ANAME?

>> YEAH, I DO.

>> Stephen: IS THAT CALLEDSOMETHING?

>> IT'S CALLED THE LISTENINGHOUSE.

>> Stephen: WHY?

>> BECAUSE THERE IS A COLLECTIONOF ALBUMS IN THERE FROM A

RECORD STORE CALLED DR. WAX, ANDWE PLAY ALBUMS THERE.

>> Stephen: HERE'S THE THINGTHAT WORRIES ME ABOUT YOUR WORK,

OKAY.

IS THAT YOU'RE TURNING THINGSINTO ART THAT I USED TO NOT HAVE

TO THINK ABOUT.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> I'VE NEVER GONE UPTO A HOUSE OR SEEN A HOUSE

BEFORE AND SAID I DON'T GET THISHOUSE THE WAY I DON'T GET SOME

ART.

DO I HAVE TO "GET" YOUR HOUSESTO ENJOY YOUR HOUSES OR CAN I

JUST BE IN THEM?

>> I THINK IT'S SUPER COOL THATPEOPLE DON'T GET THE HOUSES.

AND I THINK IT'S ALSO REALLYIMPORTANT THAT THE HOUSES NOT

REGISTER AS ART, NECESSARILY.

WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME IS THATPEOPLE KNOW THAT AN ARTIST MADE

AN INTERVENTION IN THE CITYTHAT'S VERY DIFFERENT FROM

ANOTHER KIND OF PERSON MAKING ANINTERVENTION.

>> Stephen: NOW, WHY DID YOUWANT TO DO THIS?

THIS IS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OFCHICAGO WHY DO THAT ON THE SOUTH

SIDE OF CHICAGO?

WHY NOT DO SOME PLACE WHERE THEPROPERTY VALUE IS IS ALREADY

PRETTY DARN HIGH AND YOU CANFLIP A HOUSE AND GET A SHOW ON

HGTV.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

BUT MY VOCATION ISN'T ADEVELOPER.

MY VOCATION-- MY-- MY BELIEF, MYCALLING IS TO BE AN ARTIST.

AND I THINK THAT THE-- TO HAVE ABUILDING LIKE THIS ON THE NORTH

SIDE, ON THE NORTH SHORE, AND TOTRANSFORM IT WOULD BE BUSINESS

AS USUAL.

>> Stephen: HOW DO THE PEOPLEIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TAKE IT, YOU

KNOW, IF THEY SEE A HOUSE THAT,YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN THERE A LONG

TIME AND THEY COME ALONG AND YOUCREATE THIS ART SPACE OUT OF IT.

HOW DO THEY TAKE IT?

DO THEY LIKE WHAT HAPPENED INTHE NEIGHBORHOOD?

>> WELL, FOR FIVE YEARS, THATWAS MY HOUSE, IT LOOKED LIKE

THAT.

>> Stephen: SO YOU LIVEDTHERE.

>> I WAS THE POOR GUY ON THEBLOCK.

AND THEY WERE LIKE SO SORRY, DOYOU NEED SOME HELP.

>> Stephen: IS THIS THE FIRSTHOUSE YOU DID, YOUR OWN HOUSE?

>> THIS IS MY HOUSE.

>> Stephen: DID YOU DO ANYHOUSES AROUND THERE.

>> I'M BUILDING A HOUSE.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU BUILDINGA COMPOUND.

THEASTER, ARE YOU A CULT LEADER.

>> I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT--

>> Stephen: POSSIBLY,POSSIBLY?

DOES ANYONE CALL YOU FATHER?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE CHILDBRIDES?

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: TELL ME NOWBECAUSE WHEN THE SUBPOENA COMES,

IT WILL BE WORSE.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THEY REALLYWANTED TO DO WAS IS IT POSSIBLE

TO THINK ABOUT A NEIGHBORHOODTHAT HAS NOT BEEN FULLY THOUGHT

ABOUT IN A LONG TIME?

IT'S UNDER RESOURCED, AND CAN ITAKE MY SKILLS AS A CREATIVE

PERSON, AND THEN SHOW HOW WITH ALITTLE BIT OF RESOURCE AND A

LITTLE BIT OF IMAGINATION, ANEIGHBORHOOD COULD HAVE THE

POSSIBILITY OF BEING LIKE EVERYOTHER GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD THE

CITY.

>> Stephen: YOU CREATED ARTCENTERS BY DOING THIS AS WELL.

>> ABSOLUTE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE,LIKE, AMBITION TO REVITALIZE THE

SOUTH SIDE?

DO YOU TAKE THIS TO OTHERCITIES?

COULD YOU TAKE THIS KIND OFTHING TO DETROIT WHERE YOU

TRANSFORM WHAT'S ALREADY THEREINTO SOMETHING MORE USEFUL--

COULD YOU TURN SCRAP METAL INTOA ROBOCOP FOR DETROIT?

>> RIGHT.

THAT'S BEEN DONE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YEAH.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> BUT I DO THINK THERE'S A WAYIN WHICH-- WHETHER I DO IT OR

NOT, THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE INDETROIT, IN GARY, INDIANA, IN

AKRON, OHIO, WHO REALLY-- WHOARE ALREADY ON THE GROUND DOING

THE WORK.

BUT THEY MAY NOT HAVE THERESOURCE THAT THEY NEED.

THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE STRATEGIESTHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THEY MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TOBANKS AND THE PHILANTHROPIC

COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK WHAT I COULD DOBETTER IS DEMONSTRATE THIS AS A

MODEL IN CHICAGO AND IN ST.LOUIS AND IN OMAHA WHERE I WORK,

AND THEN SAY THIS MODEL HAS THECAPACITY TO BE A GREATER SCALE

IF WE WOULD IDENTIFY PEOPLE INTHOSE NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND THE

COUNTRY, WHO ARE ALREADY DOINGTHE WORK BUT THEY MAYBE NEED A

LITTLE BIT MORE SUPPORT.

>> Stephen: CAN PEOPLE BUYYOUR ART?

OR TO BUY YOUR ART DO I HAVE TOHAVE A HOUSE LARGE ENOUGH TO PUT

ANOTHER HOUSE IN IT?

DO YOU SELL YOUR ART?

CAN I GET AN ORIGINAL THEASTERGATES, LIKE THROW A MASTER

BATHROOM IN THAT?

>> YEAH, BATHROOM, LIVING ROOM,KITCHEN.

>> Stephen: CAN I DOSOMETHING IN A PALE PINK?

I ALREADY HAVE THE TOWELS.

>> I CAN DO THAT.

>> Stephen: THEASTER, I LOOKFORWARD TO IT.

THEASTER GATES, ARTIST,ENTREPRENEUR.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: GOOD NIGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: GOOD NIGHT.

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