this blog is part of a multifaceted conversation (as of yet one-sided) with mike bloomberg, the 108th mayor of new york city. i am corresponding with “mike” the public figure, a mayor who is approaching the end of his third term in office, who is the 10th richest person in the u.s. (net worth 25 billion), and who is incredibly media savvy. mike (as he is known via his twitter account(s)) is a mayor who is passionately engaged with his city. i may occasionally disagree with mike’s ideology, and i may often question his methodology, but i do not contest the love he holds for this city.

however, i do question the relationship between mike and those who fall on the “other side” of the  prosperity divide, i do question the sense of profound entitlement that condones one person to amass great wealth at the expense of others, and i do question the structures of a system whereby one person can be held up as a philanthropist without a basic acknowledgement of the deep lack of equality between all humans,

– cuz mike – no one gets rich alone.

this project, undertaken at iscp (international studio and curatorial program) in brooklyn, new york,  is supported by: the canada council for the arts

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karen elaine spencer is based in Montréal, Québec, Canada.  the “hey! mike” project looks at police violence, homelessness and poverty through media generated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and The New York Times. “hey! mike” uses social media, the mailbox and the street as channels of dissemination. spencer holds a  M.F.A. from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has recently been awarded the Powerhouse Prize.

for more information go to : likewritingwithwater.wordpress.com


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