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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 

〔Extract from the original text〕

Q    When you studied film in Chicago, you’ve been influenced by the avant-garde cinema, especially filmmaker such as Bruce Baillie and artists like Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, etc. What do you see in their work ?

A    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.

Q    You began by making films before making video installations. Do you have different approaches when using different medium? What are the effects and possibilities brought by each medium?

A    I guess I answer this question differently each time I am asked. Sometimes I really loathe video, but sometimes I am in love with it. I have to make sure that I select an appropriate medium for each project. Since the image quality of film and video is becoming close these days, I focus on the process. For the making of a feature film I still prefer film because I enjoy the uncertainty of the film format while we are shooting. It’s an internal relationship between me and the camera. It doesn’t show me exactly what it records. For a video, it was more of an idea, a sketch, where the uncertainty lies in the relationship between me and what’s in front of the camera. It’s an external relationship.

(Interview made in August, 2009, before the artist’s solo show Primitive in the Modern Art Museum of Paris/Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris.)

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