Mike Mills is an American director, writer and graphic designer. Hij created music videos for a.o. The National, Moby, Yoko Ono and Air, and designed the artwork for a.o. Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys. He is best known for his independent films Thumbsucker, Beginners and 20th Century Women, as well as his exhibitions at the Alleged Gallery, which were documented in the book, exhibition and film Beautiful Losers.
For A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project, artist and filmmaker Mike Mills interviewed a series of children, whose parents work in the tech-industry—from high-level product managers to a chef at Google. Mills discussed with them their depictions of the future. He adds: “There is this whole industry of adult futurists making these predictions, but what about the people who will actually be inhabiting the future, which is all these kids.” “To hear it [these visions] from a cheery, happy ten-year-old, is somehow particularly icy, and really spooky."
The work is part of a triptych of work, which was commissioned by SFMOMA for its off-site exhibition, Project Los Altos (2013), inspired by the Northern Californian hub and birthplace of Apple computers.