Betty Ton By Betty Ton • November 16, 2018

Student Feature: Jakob Posti

This week’s student feature is a Photography major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jakob is a junior at Earlham College and interning with Eve Sussman, Simon Lee & Saya Woolfalk. Give it up for Jakob!

How do you spend your time at your internship(s)?

I have been working on syncing audio & video for a theatre production that Simon + Eve shot in a really nice facility upstate NY. I was also doing the same thing on a project for them that was spoken entirely in Russian (which I don’t speak) so that was a really strange experience. For Saya I’ve been doing a mix of different things. I helped cut out giant stickers of different designs she wanted to use as wallpaper, I’ve made runs to stores looking for very specific materials she needed to use in installations, as well as some work in photoshop, so really a mix of different odd-jobs.

What has been the most difficult part of being an intern?

Most of my internship experience hasn’t been really difficult or at least I didn’t think of it that way. I’ve had to do kind of physical work for Eve like mopping or rolling up large mats but it’s always part of a learning experience.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding part has definitely been meeting so many artists. Saya lets me work on Fridays with other artists who have studios in her building and Eve + Simon have a really great friend group that I have started to get to know. 

Who inspires you?

Bjork & Pipilotti Rist

What do you hope to take away from this program?

I hope to take away a clearer idea of what it means to be a working artist in all of the different ways that it can look like. 

What piece of advice would you give to future NYAP interns?

I would say look into the people you are thinking about working with as much as you can. The internship experience can really be tailored to fit your vision of what kind of art you’re into so take advantage of that. Also cooking food in the kitchen is so much cheaper than eating out. Go out as much as you can because there’s so much happening. I feel like it’s easier to get sick here so take time to care for yourself.

How have you spent your free time?

I’ve seen a lot of concerts, mostly smaller DIY spaces & gone to some experimental film screenings. Other than that just hanging out in the hotel.

What has been your best experience here, so far?

I went to this amazing drag show last week. There were a couple of music sets before & it was just in this person’s house. I hadn’t been to a drag show before that but it was so much fun & I met a lot of cool people.

What is the first thing you plan to do when you get back to school?

Hike in the woods! I miss being sort of secluded in the wilderness & forest parties.

Fill in the blank: Jakob Posti is Queer & Quaker.

Written by: Betty Ton

Interview: Jakob Posti