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‘It Is What It Is’. Interview with Jeremy Deller

Posted in about Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on May 7, 2010
“Personally, folk culture, pop culture or pop music are the things that I like and what I’m interested in. It’s a genuine interest, not fake. I grow up with it and know it. Also I’m interested in working with it as a material.”                           
        — Jeremy Deller, extracts from the interview
(Questions by Sylvie Lin & Amy Cheng. Interview realized by Sylvie Lin. October 16, 2009, London. Chinese version included in Art and Society: Introducing Seven Contemporary Artists, published by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2009.

Film still extract from Jeremy Deller’s ‘Memory Bucket'(2003)(video with sound, 21’44).Courtesy Art: Concept, Paris.

〔Extract from the original text〕

Early Years

Q Your earliest project ‘Home Alone’(1993) was held in your parents’ house in Dulwich. Was there an intention to share your life experience with the audience ?

A Showing in my parents’ house was done for practical reasons because I had nowhere else to show work. So I invited people into my house – I lived in my parents’ – to share the house’s space. But it was just by chance. I don’t really make works about myself that much in an autobiographical sense. That was through need rather than through a necessity or any conscious thing.


The Perfect and the Insane : Interview with Jorgen Leth

Posted in Interviews with Filmmakers by sylvielin on May 3, 2010

“I always wanted a film to be as free as writing poetry. As free as opening the structure and opening to changes, to sudden chance and impacts. I think this film has these probabilities. It is very fresh in its structure. It’s not preconceived. It goes where it goes.”

—- Jorgen Leth (extract from the interview) (more…)

Interview with Marc-Olivier Wahler, director of Palais de Tokyo

Posted in Interviews with Curators/Museum Directors by sylvielin on May 3, 2010

“Now I take over the Palais de Tokyo. My idea is to continue the development. But what I want to try now is also more to build a story that will last in the next three years and to bring a scenario. When the visitor comes for the first time, he has such an idea of what’s going on. Then he’s coming back and see, now I understand the previous exhibitions in that way, and they can even think about what to come next. It is always like writing chapters; you bring the first, second, third and why you lead the exhibitions, you think about the whole link or the whole story in which you are included. ”  —-Marc-Olivier Wahler (extract from the interview by Sylvie Lin, August 2006 in Paris ) (more…)

Interview with Anri Sala

Posted in Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on May 3, 2010


‘Long Sorrow’, video installation by Anri Sala. Courtesy : Galerie Chantal Crousel.

“I am interested in things told through images but not always through languages. I tend to replace language as the most popular means of telling. When images tell things, they can always keep an ambiguity. I am also interested in how music can be narrative. It has a way of dealing with meaning which differs from that of language. Music can resist meaning.”
—- Anri Sala (extract from the interview)


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Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“I’m attracted to the spirit of the bygone era, the handmade quality. I think that even Warhol’s machine-like approach was very human.”                                                                 —-Apichatpong Weerasethakul, extract from the interview 


Two Photographers : Ed Ruscha & Craigie Horsfield

Posted in about Photography by sylvielin on May 3, 2010

During the first trimester of 2005, the major exhibitions in Jeu de Paume in Paris present two photographers with very different backgrounds and styles. One is American Ed Ruscha whose work is centred on the city of Los Angeles and focuses on the intrinsic banality of contemporary metropolis, persisting in challenging the then prevailing artistic trends and in transgressing categorization. The other is British Cragie Horsfield who ever lived in Poland. His work is deeply rooted in his experience of and contemplation over Europe’s modern history and contains spiritual and philosophical depth. (more…)