Coalfather Industries represents a shared vision between artists Kara Jansson and Craig Newsom. While the work of Coalfather Industries is, at least in part, a kind of commentary on the contemporary experience, it is also a direct result of that same contemporary experience. Since Jansson and Newsom live in two different parts of the United States, much of their collaboration takes place over the internet and the phone. These processes necessarily frame the work within the technological language of software and devices. In effect, communication is the work and the viewable artifacts of that communication are merely a by-product.