Conan Thai is a Chinese-American photographer and creative director based in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in studio arts and a minor in telephone sanitation.
Growing up, he lived in books, played with matches, and dug holes in the backyard garden. He’s fascinated with decay, identity, the death drive, film theory, narrative structure, and situationistic ‘aha’ moments, when the senses clear and the fog lifts.
Having mistook his wife for a hat and a hat as his wife, he relocated to Hart Island to sort himself out, spending most of his time scaring would-be explorers off the island with shotguns while digging up old graves for loot. He has a dog named Kodak – not named because of his love for film, but possibly because the dog might actually be a bear and Conan forgot the ‘i’ in Kodiak.
There have only been two fatalities on the island to date. One of them was due to an oversight in preparing the cognitive processes of the legion of cyborg topiary landscapers that roam the island. Asimov’s first law of robotics was neglected and temporary civil unrest ensued. The second was when Conan accidentally pressed forward-down-forward-x on the game of life.