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Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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"Build a good name," rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. "Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work and protect your work." The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives powerful advice to the young: "Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it." Patti Smith (b.1946) is an award-winning American punk rock musician, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene with her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Smith fuses rock and poetry in her work, and has been dubbed the ”punk poet laureate” as well as ”the godmother of punk.” In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine put her on the 47th place of their list of 100 Greatest Artists. Among her many albums are ’Horses’ (1975), ’Radio Ethiopia’ (1976), ’Easter’ (1978), ’Gone Again’ (1996) and ’Banga’ (2012). Smith is also the author of several books, including ’Woolgathering’ (1992), ’Just Kids’ (2010) – which won the National Book Award and describes her relationship to her lover and friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – and ’M Train’ (2015). Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark in August 2012. Edited by: Honey Biba Beckerlee Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden
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David Byrne Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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"If the musician or artist values their freedom and the ability to be creative, then they have to realize they wont be making hundreds of millions of dollars." Sound advice from the multifaceted musician David Byrne. If you value your creative freedom, you might have to do other work on the side, to make a living, explains David Byrne: "Often the artists who are very successful don't have much flexibility. In achieving success they loose a lot of their creative freedom. They have to keep making the same thing, more or less, over and over again." The Scottish born, award winning musician, David Byrne (b.1952), who was a founding member and principal songwriter in the American New Wave band Talking Heads, has also released numerous solo recordings, and worked across various media, including film, photography, opera, and non-fiction. David Byrne was interviewed by Pernille Jensen at Falconer Salen, Copenhagen, August 2013. Photographed by Nikolaj Jungersen & Martin Kogi Editing by Martin Kogi Music by David Byrne Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013. Meet more artists at channel.louisiana.dk Louisiana Channel is a non-profit video channel for the Internet launched by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in November 2012. Each week Louisiana Channel will publish videos about and with artists in visual art, literature, architcture, design etc. Read more: channel.louisiana.dk/about Supported by Nordea-fonden.
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8 Artists: Advice to the Young
 
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Watch, listen and soak in the words of 8 prominent artists, who have strong and diverse thoughts on what constitutes insightful advice to young artists. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovich feels that it is essential to be ready to fail. South African artist William Kentridge believes that good advice has more to do with the interaction between the person giving it and the person receiving it. Rock singer and poet Patti Smith shares the advice that writer William S. Burroughs once gave her: to build and protect your name by producing good work, and eventually the name will become its own currency. American singer David Byrne emphasizes the importance of not undervaluing your own artistic satisfaction. German film director Wim Wenders stresses that you have to do what no one else can do better than you. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson recommends that you are sensitive to your surroundings - and British artists Dinos and Jake Chapman cut to the bone. For full-length interviews with the above artists and more, have a look here: http://channel.louisiana.dk/search/content/Advice Produced by: Christian Lund Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
Views: 410940 Louisiana Channel
Umberto Eco Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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Best-selling Italian novelist Umberto Eco here advises aspiring writers not to take themselves too seriously, but to go step by step and remember that: “You’re 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration.” If you start off thinking that you’re a true genius and that you’ll be receiving the Nobel Prize any moment, you have a problem: “That kills every literary career.” Umberto Eco (b. 1932) is an Italian philosopher, semiotician, essayist, literary critic and author widely known for his bestselling novel ‘The Name of the Rose’ (Il nome della rosa) (1983). Among his other novels are ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’ (Il pendolo di Foucault) (1989), ‘The Island of the Day Before’ (L’isola del giorno prima) (1995), ‘Baudolino’ (2000) and ‘The Prague Cemetery’ (Il cimitero di Praga) (2010). He is the founder of the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Republic of San Marina, President of the Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities, University of Bologna, member of the Accademia dei Lincei and an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford. He divides his time between an apartment in Milan and a vacation house near Urbino, Italy – both residences have extensive libraries (30,000 volume and 20,000 volume). For more about him see: http://www.umbertoeco.com/en/ Umberto Eco was interviewed in his apartment in Milan by Tonny Vorm in May 2015. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
Views: 81737 Louisiana Channel
David Byrne Interview: When to Resist Technology
 
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"Computers and technology push us in certain directions creatively and we have to know when to resist that". Legendary musician David Byrne known from the band Talking Heads talks about working as an artist in the field of new technology. "To be honest, I don't think the quality of the recording is the most important thing." Says David Byrne and explains how he had moving experiences from listening to a crappy radio, when he was very young, and why he thinks good music should work in every format. Recording and producing decent music is much easier today, because of the technology and software available. The technology "tends to encourage us to record in a certain way." Byrne explains. Regular, repeatable, strict and steady tempos were an ideal in the past, but are maybe not the best thing. We have to know creatively when to resist technology, Byrne says: "Starting without the computer allows me a certain amount of freedom." Also, you cannot control how people choose to listen to your music - it may be on a phone, with crappy speakers - so the music has to work "in whatever format." When Byrne sees people listening to music holding up a phone it makes him wonder: "What kind of music works really well like that?" The Scottish born, award winning musician, David Byrne (b.1952), who was a founding member and principal songwriter in the American New Wave band Talking Heads, has also released numerous solo recordings, and worked across various media, including film, photography, opera, and non-fiction. Live footage from David Byrne & St Vincent at Stratford Music Center, Rockville, MD, Sep. 2012, kindly provided by NPR MUSIC. David Byrne was interviewed by Pernille Jensen at Falconer Salen, Copenhagen, August 2013. Photographed by Nikolaj Jungersen & Martin Kogi Editing by Martin Kogi Music by David Byrne Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013. Supported by Nordea-fonden.
Views: 108648 Louisiana Channel
Patti Smith Interview: First Encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe
 
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In this interview Patti Smith tells the wonderful story of her first encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe, who became her lover and friend, and who is celebrated in her memoir 'Just Kids'. When Patti Smith shares the story of her first encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe, who was not a famous photographer back then, her feelings are visible to the audience at the Louisiana Literature festival. She also talks about the loss of Robert and calls ‘Just Kids’ a story of unconditional friendship. Patti Smith (b.1946) is an award-winning American punk rock musician, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene with her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Smith fuses rock and poetry in her work, and has been dubbed the ”punk poet laureate” as well as ”the godmother of punk.” In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine put her on the 47th place of their list of 100 Greatest Artists. Among her many albums are ’Horses’ (1975), ’Radio Ethiopia’ (1976), ’Easter’ (1978), ’Gone Again’ (1996) and ’Banga’ (2012). Smith is also the author of several books, including ’Woolgathering’ (1992), ’Just Kids’ (2010) – which won the National Book Award and describes her relationship to her lover and friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – and ’M Train’ (2015). Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2012. Edited by: Honey Biba Beckerlee Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012 Supported by Nordea-fonden
Views: 121142 Louisiana Channel
Jonas Mekas: Advice to the Young
 
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The godfather of American avant-garde cinema, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas (b.1922 - d.2019), whom we met in his Brooklyn-home, has a clear piece of advice for aspiring filmmakers: “Don’t go to film school. Get a camera.” If you have the necessary funds, film school is a nice place to meet like-minded people and make friends. Apart from that, it makes more sense to look into the specific things that you take special interest in – such as lenses – rather than to simply study everything: “Why do you need everything? Maybe you’ll never need it for what you want to do.” Jonas Mekas (b.1922 in Lithuania - d.2019) is an experimental filmmaker and poet. He has filmed artists such as Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, and his movies include ‘The Brig’ (1963) – which won him the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival the same year –, ‘Walden’ (1969), ‘Lost Lost Lost’ (1975), ‘Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol’ (1990), ‘As I was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty’ (2000) and ‘Sleepless Night Stories’ (2011). Since 2000, he has expanded his work into the area of film installations, exhibiting at prominent venues such as the Serpentine Gallery, the Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Moderna Museet, PS1 Contemporary Art Center MoMA and the Venice Biennale. Mekas is also responsible for the legendary Movie Journal (from 1958) in the Village Voice, and in 1964 he founded the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema and screening venue. Moreover, he is one of the co-founders of New American Cinema Group. Mekas currently lives and works in New York City. For more about him see: www.jonasmekas.com Jonas Mekas was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in his home in Brooklyn, New York in November 2014. Camera: Pierce Jackson Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
Views: 21366 Louisiana Channel
Mark Bradford Interview: Layers of Violence
 
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“I pillage my own work. I tear it down and build it up in traces.” Let us introduce you to American painter Mark Bradford, who doesn’t use traditional paint but material “that has something to do with the social fabric of the times we live in.” “From a distance it looks like paint. As you move closer you begin to realise that it’s not paint, but it’s not actually collage. It’s an amalgamation of materials that cling to the city.” Instead of paint, Bradford uses liquefied paper, which shares similarities with paint. He uses billboard paper from the streets or building material from any building supply store. Instead of “looking in,” which he finds to be typical of modernist painting, Bradford has chosen to “look out.” Bradford feels that his way of working on canvasses is aggressive, even violent: “It’s like tearing into the body. It’s very physical. It’s like if I just took my hand and reached in and pulled out the heart and then yanked it out.” Mark Bradford (b. 1961) is an American painter. One of Bradford’s concerns is improving society with his art as well as through a number of social projects. His work can be found in prominent international venues such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, REDCAT in Los Angeles and Saatchi Gallery in London. In 2014 Bradford was presented with the US Department of State’s Medal of Arts. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Mark Bradford was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Los Angeles, California in January 2016. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Edited by: Miriam Nielsen Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
Views: 70573 Louisiana Channel
Laurie Anderson Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Be loose!” The legendary multimedia artist, musician and film director Laurie Anderson puts it as simply and clearly as that when she here advises artists to avoid being pressured into limiting themselves artistically. Calling yourself something as “vague” as a multimedia artist – as Anderson does – gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, without having to worry about whether it fits a certain definition: “It’s so easy to get pigeonholed in the art world.” Anderson is aware that sales are a strong underlying factor – “I am a 21st century citizen in a highly corporate world” – but she nonetheless maintains that you should always follow your own interest and obsession: “Whatever makes you feel free and really good – that’s what to do. It’s really simple.” Laurie Anderson (b. 1947) is an internationally renowned experimental performance artist, composer, musician and film director, based in New York. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson became widely known outside the art world with her single ‘O Superman’, which reached number two in the UK pop charts in 1981. She is considered a pioneer of electronic music and is praised for her unique spoken word albums and multimedia art pieces. Among her most recent work is the film ‘Heart of a Dog’ (2015). For more about Anderson see: www.laurieanderson.com/ Laurie Anderson was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in May 2016. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited by: Klaus Elmer Madsen Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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David Shrigley Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“You’re on the right track if you’re excited about what you’re doing.” Artist David Shrigley, known for his humorous spin on common situations, here advises his young colleagues to be open to learning from mistakes and stresses that being an artist “isn’t for everybody.” Drugs and alcohol should be kept apart from the art making process: “If you’re well-rested, sober and well-fed, you can usually trust your instincts about what you’re doing.” Moreover, it’s important to remember that making art isn’t always fun: “It’s not like eating cake or something that’s really sensually pleasurable. It does require hard work … and you can work hard and still not make art that’s any good.” David Shrigley (b. 1968) is a British visual artist, perhaps best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Shrigley works across a range of media including large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography, music and sculpture. He has held solo exhibitions at venues such as Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, Transmission Gallery in Glasgow and Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, and his works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. In 2013, Shrigley was a Turner Prize nominee. He is based in Brighton, England. For more about him see: http://www.davidshrigley.com/ David Shrigley was interviewed by Christian Lund at Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen in January 2016 in connection to his exhibition ‘Coloured Works on Paper’. Camera: Simon Weyhe Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
Views: 44307 Louisiana Channel
Günter Grass Interview: Facebook is Shit
 
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"Someone who has 500 friends, has no friends." An interview with the Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass on Facebook, computers and the internet. Writer Günter Grass on why he prefers remaining off line, working the old fashioned way: "Literature for example -- you can't speed it up, when you work with it. If you do, you do so at the expense of quality." Grass also explains how direct experiences and direct contact cannot be replaced by virtual stuff, however appealing it may be. Günter Wilhelm Grass (b.1927) is a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, best known for his first novel The Tin Drum (1959). He is widely regarded as Germany's most famous living writer. In 1999 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Günter Grass was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner Camera: Klaus Elmer Editing: Martin Kogi Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013. Meet more artists at channel.louisiana.dk Louisiana Channel is a non-profit video channel for the Internet launched by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in November 2012. Each week Louisiana Channel will publish videos about and with artists in visual art, literature, architcture, design etc. Read more: channel.louisiana.dk/about Supported by Nordea-fonden.
Views: 42638 Louisiana Channel
Bjarke Ingels Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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Renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels here offers his architectural advice to aspiring architects and explains why architecture is fundamentally important for the world we live in. Bjarke Ingels is considered one of the greatest architects of our time, with projects such as the BIG U, which contains a plan to fortify the whole south tip of Manhattan against future storms and rising sea levels. His architectural vision evolves around a philosophy that could be described as a pragmatic utopianism, combining everyday needs with sustainable solutions to the climatic challenges. We live in the anthropogenic age, where humans don’t adapt to life, but life adapts to human needs, Ingels explains, which makes his advice to young architects designing tomorrow’s world simple and clear. The key for young architects is to acquire the tools and language to comprehend the human needs outside of the architectural bubble, and understand that they are here to accommodate - and not to be accommodated. Bjarke Ingels (born 1974) is a renowned Danish architect and founding partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group located in Copenhagen and New York. In 2013 BIG was chosen to redesign the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex in Washington, a project which will be implemented over a period of 20 years. His projects include The Mountain, a residential complex in Copenhagen, and the innovative Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore. In 2004 he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011. Moreover, BIG received Architizer’s Firm of the Year Award in 2014. Bjarke Ingels was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in New York in December 2014. Camera: Pierce Jackson Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
Views: 192400 Louisiana Channel
Norman Foster Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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Norman Foster, one of the architectural icons of our time, here advises upcoming architects and artists to make sure that what they’re doing is their true desire – if not, they should simply find something else. When you can’t imagine doing anything else, and you would do anything to be able to do it, then you know you’ve made the right decision. From then on it’s a matter of completely immersing yourself in that choice: “You live it every living second of your life.” Norman Robert Foster (b. 1935) is an English architect and designer, who is considered one of the most prolific architects of his generation. He is the founder of Foster and Partners (1967) and responsible for renowned buildings such as London City Hall and Millennium Bridge (London), Reichstag (Berlin), Bilbao Metro, Hearst Tower (New York), Hong Kong International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport and Apple Spaceship Headquarters (est. 2016). Foster, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and winner of the society’s highest award, The Minerva Medal, has received several awards such as the Pritzker-prize in 1999 (often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture), the Stirling Prize in 1998 and 2004, as well as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – the largest architectural award in the world – for the University of Technology Petronas in Malaysia (2007). He was knighted in 1990, and in 1999 he was created a life peer, as Baron Foster of Thames Bank, of Reddish in the County of Greater Manchester. Norman Foster was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in his home near Geneva, Switzerland in April 2015. Camera: Mathias Nyholm Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Tomas Tranströmer Interview: "The Music Says Freedom Exists"
 
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We visited the Nobel Prize laureate Tomas Tranströmer in his home in Stockholm a few weeks before he passed away, in March 2015. This video with Tranströmer playing the piano to an earlier reading of his poem 'Allegro', became his last public appearance. When we visited him, the poet offered to play a piece of music for the camera. In this video we hear the voice of Tomas Tranströmer reading ‘Allegro’, one of his most famous poems related to music. The poet played the piano ever since his adolescence, around the same time as he began writing poetry. Music plays an essential role in all his poetry. Tranströmer received the Nobel Prize in 2011 “… because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”. Tranströmer’s work is closely connected to Nature, and this imagery runs through his poems like gaudy colours. His style is described as “original and sharply contoured metaphors, nature mysticism, musicality, strictness of form and natural diction.” The poem ‘Allegro' is from the collection 'Den halvfärdiga himlen' (‘The Half-Finished Heaven’), written in 1962: “I play Haydn after a black day and feel a simple warmth in my hands. The keys are willing. Soft hammers strike. The resonance green, lively and calm. The music says freedom exists and someone doesn't pay the emperor tax. I push down my hands in my Haydnpockets and imitate a person looking on the world calmly. I hoist the Haydnflag - it signifies: “We don't give in. But want peace.” The music is a glass-house on the slope where the stones fly, the stones roll. And the stones roll right through but each pane stays whole." (Translated by Robin Fulton, New Collected Poems, Bloodaxe Books, 1997/2011) Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015) is regarded as the leading Swedish poet of his generation even though his collected poems can be contained in one volume of only a couple of hundred pages. ‘17 dikter’ 1954 ('17 Poems’), ‘Östersjöar’, 1974 (‘Baltics’, 1980), ‘Mörkerseende’, 1970 ('Night Vision', 1972), and ‘Sanningsbarriären’, 1978 (‘Truth Barriers’, 1984) are among his most important collections of poetry. Tomas Tranströmer received the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 1990, the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize in 1991, the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award (Canada) in 2007, and the Nobel Prize in 2011. Learn more about Tomas Tranströmer via these links: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2011/transtr... http://tomastranstromer.net/ The recording of 'Allegro' was done in the 1980s and is available on a cd published in 2002 by Bonnier Audio in Stockholm. The photo of the young Tranströmer in the video is taken by Lutfi Özkök, probably in the 1950s when the poet published his first collection of poetry. Christian Lund met Tomas Tranströmer at his home in Stockholm, Sweden in February 2015. Camera: Kasper Kiertzner Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-Fonden
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William Basinski Interview: Bubbles of Eternity
 
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Breathe, listen and float away in one of composer William Basinski's timeless amniotic bubbles. Let your dreams lead the way, or as Basinski puts it: "Sometimes we all need to take a chill pill." Interview with American artist William Basinski (b.1958) about his work, and why he feels we all need to turn off the email and the cell phone, and find our way into a meditative listening mood. Basinksi explains how he works as an artist, and defines his music as "experimental, electronic, ambient music" based on obsolete technology. Basinski makes analogue tape loops with no beginning or end, thus creating "a timeless amniotic bubble that you can float in." He also talks of his live performances, explaining that he is extremely concentrated on listening intensely to the music, the room and the resonance, while feeling the crowd: "The tendency when you are under pressure like that, is to try and do too much, but you have to fight that tendency, in order to listen" he adds. William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years. His 4-disc masterwork 'The Disintegration Loops' from 2004 received international critical acclaim. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and Basinksi has recently created music for the Robert Wilson opera 'The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic' which toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. William Basinksi was interviewed by Alexander Vesterlund at CLICK festival, Helsingør, Denmark, May 2013. Photographer: Klaus Elmer Editing by Kamilla Bruus Music by William Basinski Copyright: Louisiana Channel, 2013 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Lydia Davis Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Be patient – even with chaos.” Let American author, Lydia Davis, guide you through the insecurities and literary wilderness that upcoming writers often face. As a writer, Lydia Davis finds it important to never cave in to the pressure of publishers or agents: “Do what you want to do, and don’t worry if it's a little odd or doesn’t fit the market.” Writing isn’t neat – quite the contrary – and it’s necessary to put effort into making the text flow: “You learn from models, you study them, you analyse them very closely. What kind of adjectives, how many, what kind of nouns, how long are the sentences, what’s the rhythm? You pick it apart.” Lydia Davis (b. 1947) is considered “the master of form largely of her own invention.” She has written several collections of short stories, e.g. ‘Break It Down’ (1986), ‘Varieties of Disturbance’ (2007) and ‘Can’t and Won’t’ (2014). When Davis received the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, the chairman of the judges said that “her writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a kind. Just how to categorize them? They have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.” Davis is also an acclaimed translator of French writers such as Proust, Gustave Flaubert and Maurice Blanchot. American novelist Jonathan Franzen has characterized Lydia Davis thus: “She is the shorter Proust among us. She has the sensitivity to track the stuff that is so evanescent it flies right by the rest of us. But as it does so, it leaves enough of a trace that when you read her you do it with a sense of recognition.” Lydia Davis was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2014. Camera: Klaus Elmer & Nikolaj Jungersen Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Tara Donovan Interview: Sculpting Everyday Materials
 
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Everyday materials like drinking straws, tooth pics and needle pins are elements used by American artist Tara Donovan, when she creates her amazing sculptural works: "Inspiration is a joke, real artists sit down and work" Donovan says. Tara Donovan (b. 1969) is fascinated by everyday materials, which she turns into sculptures. She regards herself as a kind of scientist, investigating the potential of different materials, transforming and shaping them, making them transcend themselves and turning them into holistic Gestalten of their own. The element of light plays an important role in Donovan's artworks, as her materials take light in and reflect it different ways. “My sculptures become activated by the movement of the observer” Donovan says. Her works vary in size, depending on the surrounding architecture and the size of the room, they are shown in. She goes on to explain how the magic happens within the sculptures, underlining that her sculptures are artworks rather than critical comments. “I feel like my work is mimicking the ways of nature, not necessarily mimicking nature per ce.” Donovan states. In the video we hear the voice of Tara Donovan, who doesn't like to be filmed. Her works are exhibited for the first time in Europe in February 2013 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Tara Donovan was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Camera: Mathias Nyholm Produced by: Mathias Nyholm and Marc-Christoph Wagner Music by: Trentemøller. Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013 Supported by Nordea-fonden.
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Tom Sachs Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“I became like a ninja black belt janitor.” The praised American artist Tom Sachs – who spent twenty years working as a carpenter and a janitor before becoming an artist – here offers advice to “everyone, everywhere, regardless of age, because everyone is a young artist somewhere inside.” “The key to success is doing what you love,” Sachs argues, and you must keep trying until you find something that you love. Also, it’s important to have the right approach to what you do and – whether you like it or not – “do it a hundred percent. ” This is what Sachs himself has always done, committing completely to everything he has worked with. Tom Sachs (b. 1966) is an American artist, who primarily works with sculptures. Sachs is widely known for his elaborate recreations of various modern icons, such as his recreation of Le Corbusier’s 1952 ‘Unité d’Habitation’ using only foamcore and a glue gun. Throughout his career, Sachs has built numerous space-related sculptures and his interest in space – in particularly the Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s – resulted in his ‘Space Program’ in 2007, where he built a 1:1 model of the Apollo lunar module: A mission control with 29 closed-circuit video monitors and two female astronauts with handmade space suits. In 2007, Sachs launched his spacecraft at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, landed on the moon, and explored its surface – all of which was made into a video by Sachs and the Neistat Brothers. In 2012, he opened the elaborate Space Program 2.0 MARS exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. His works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Goetz Collection in Munich, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others. He lives and works in New York City. For more see: https://www.tomsachs.org/biography Tom Sachs was interviewed by Mikkel Rosengaard at his studio in New York City in August 2018. Camera: Pierce Jackson Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Produced by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen and Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Joshua Oppenheimer Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Don’t listen to anyone who tells you how it should be done.” The commended American director Joshua Oppenheimer – nominated twice for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature – here shares his powerful advice for aspiring filmmakers. Oppenheimer continues by arguing that you should, however, take as much advice as you can from people, who understand your vision – don’t simply keep it to yourself: “You as a filmmaker need to communicate your vision to everyone you work with.” Dig deep into what it is that fascinates you, and explore that story – the element of exploration is what it’s all about: “If you know the story before you start, you shouldn’t make the film.” Joshua Oppenheimer (b. 1974) is an American producer and director, who has studied at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as Central Saint Martins in London. Oppenheimer has been Oscar-nominated twice – for ‘The Act of Killing’ (2012) and ‘The Look of Silence’ (2014). For these two documentaries he has furthermore received several prestigious awards including a Panorama Audience Award, the European Film Award for Best Documentary, a Robert Award, a BAFTA for Best Documentary, the Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI). Other movies include ‘The Globalization Tapes’ (2003) and ‘The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase’ (1998). He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Joshua Oppenheimer was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærksen at Cinemateket in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 2016. Camera: Simon Weyhe Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
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Olafur Eliasson Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Artists should have confidence in the fact that making a drawing is changing the world.” Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, here presents his strong and personal advice to young artists. “Making art is making the world”, Eliasson continues, stressing his point that art should not be marginalized, as art is not fragile, but quite the opposite: “Working with art is working with something that is very fierce, very strong and very robust.” Artists should be very sensitive to their surroundings and the context in which they find themselves. They should, however, also stay true to themselves and make sure that the strong market and its attractiveness does not commercialize them. Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) works with sculpture, painting, photography, film and installations. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts from 1989-1995. In 1995 he moved to Berlin where he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson is behind many major exhibitions and projects around the world, such as ‘The Weather Project’ at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2003, ‘Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson’ organized by SFMOMA in 2007, which travelled until 2010 to major venues such the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and ‘Riverbed’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2014. Among Eliasson’s projects in public space are ‘Green River’, carried out in various cities from 1998-2001 and ‘The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion’ in 2007 in collaboration with Kjetil Thorsen of Snøhetta. He lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Olafur Eliasson was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2014. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner, 2014 Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Daniel Lanois Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Should one be so lucky to find something they are good at, then pursue it with full passion, man.” Spot-on advice from one of the world’s most sought-after producers Daniel Lanois, who forwards wisdom from the legendary Brian Eno. To be “a master of a few things” seems to be a key element in Daniel Lanois’ musical landscape. When he worked with Brian Eno in the 1980s they sought to become experts at a few specific things, and their field of expertise soon came to be the boxes in which they created their characteristic ambient soundscapes. This strong and early sense of direction is what he considers the foundation for his success as one of the greatest music producers of our time: “I find people wait too long to get into things.” Daniel Lanois (b. 1951) is a legendary Canadian music producer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has received three Grammy Awards for Album of the Year as well as several nominations. Among the albums he has produced are U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘So’. As a musician he has invented the legendary ‘ambient records’ such as ‘The Plateaux of Mirror’, ‘Apollo’, ‘On Land’ and ‘The Pearl’ in collaboration with Brian Eno. Daniel Lanois was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Musikhuset Posten in Odense, Denmark in April 2015. Camera: Nikolaj Jungersen Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Lawrence Weiner Interview: The Means to Answer Questions
 
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An interview with the legendary conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner about the connection between cruelty, hierarchy and rationality. The artist must ask questions past ordinary logic, he says. In this interview Weiner philosophises on how the artist can present things people might not have noticed. Art is not meant to answer questions, but rather to ask them. Art is about things you don't know. Art is a means to answer questions. The artist must go beyond logic and risk madness, he explains: "You have to re-adapt your own logic just to be able to communicate with somebody else." The artist must communicate a kind of "what if?" past the point of understandable logic, Weiner says: "Does each rock have a place in the sun?" Art is not telling, but showing. If you take away hierarchy there will be no racism. Cruelty is only possible because people find ways to rationalise it: "I wish people would stop being so cruel to each other." Because of this Weiner wants to "fuck peoples lives up" in the kindest way possible. American artist Lawrence Weiner (b.1942) is regarded as a founding figure of Postminimalism's Conceptual arm in the 1960s. His work often takes the form of typographic texts. He lives and works in New York. Lawrence Weiner was interviewed by Jesper Bundgaard Photography and editing by Per Henriksen Produced by Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Nils Frahm: Live in Concert
 
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Take a joyful ride into the magical music world of German Nils Frahm, in this intimate live concert recording of his works on piano and synthesizer. German musician, composer and pianist Nils Frahm (born 1982) works from his Berlin-based Durton Studio, creating glitchy electronica as well as modern-classical pieces. Frahm has worked and collaborated with many contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang and Dustin O'Halloran. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world, including Thom Yorke, who featured one of Nils' songs in Radiohead's HQ office chart. Recorded at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, as part of the FROST music festival, Copenhagen, February 2013. Cameras: Stéphan Aubé, Stefan Larsen and Christian Lund Edit: Stéphan Aubé and Kamilla Bruus Grading: Honey Beckerlee Music by Nils Frahm.
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Cecily Brown Interview: Take No Prisoners
 
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Cecily Brown is considered a central figure in the resurgence of painting at the turn of the century. We met the praised British painter at her New York studio for a talk about borrowing imagery from other artists, and how she has always responded to dark, scary art. “Art was something that seemed very glamorous and dangerous to me as a child.” Brown nurtured an early fascination with the “scary” art, such as Francis Bacon, and would rummage her parents’ art books for the very darkest pictures, such as a particular painting by George Grosz of a butcher shop with human meat in it: “I had sneak looks at it, like you might look at Playboy or something.” Brown, who had been painting naked women for several years, felt an urge to move on to painting men and boys. The painting ‘Young Spartans Exercising’ by Edgar Degas (1860) helped her move on to this: “Lots of artists are like magpies, where you steal or you take or you borrow what you need from somebody. But then obviously – and hopefully – it gets transformed.” This is characteristic of how Brown draws inspiration from her favourite painters and paintings, absorbing and changing images and ultimately making them her own. “The element of surprise has to be there.” Brown prefers to “contradict” herself, and to push her paintings to a degree where she actually risks losing something good. She sums up this approach by quoting her friend, German painter Charlene von Heyl: “Take no prisoners.” Cecily Brown (b. 1969) is a British painter. Brown creates vivid, atmospheric depictions of fragmented bodies, often in erotic positions in the midst of swells of colour and movement. This has made many compare her to painters such as Francis Bacon and Francisco Goya, and she is furthermore credited as a central figure in the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium. Brown has exhibited extensively, including at The Saatchi Gallery in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Solo shows have also been held at prominent venues such as Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, New York and London, Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin and Kunsthalle in Mannheim. She lives and works in New York City. Cecily Brown was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in her studio in New York City in November 2014. Camera: Pierce Jackson Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Adam Caruso: Novelty is nonsense
 
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"The European city is one of the great human inventions!” Adam Caruso advocates building with a deep sense of history and tradition. Meet the architect behind the award-winning Tate Britain conversion and numerous Gagosian galleries around the world. For Adam Caruso architecture is a cultural practice, a question of making buildings that are connected to the history of architecture and “a deeper idea of place, of the history and culture of the place and how you read it today.” His style contrasts many contemporary architects whose buildings, in Caruso’s opinion, represent “a kind of abstraction that becomes more and more reduced of energy and any kind of relevance.” Caruso St John Architects’ Bremer Landesbank in Germany is one example of the architect’s approach. Placed in Bremen’s historic temple district, the building’s expressive brick facade refers to a northern European tradition and gothic character, “a tradition of brick architecture filtered through modern history,” says Caruso. The beauty of historic buildings is their flexibility, the way they can seamlessly change form warehouse to flats, from public schools to art galleries. “The physical thing, built with a particular intention, has all of this other potential in it. It’s like magic, like alchemy,” says Caruso. Today’s buildings are built as objects with only one purpose, to stand out, with none of the “open-endedness” of historic architecture. “Architecture becomes a commodity, a fantastic expression of late capitalism,” Caruso laments. “To me that’s the opposite of architecture.” Adam Caruso (b. 1962) is a London-based Canadian architect and founder of Caruso St John Architects, which he founded with Peter St John in 1990. He was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath from 2002-2005 and has been Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich since 2011. Among many notable and award-winning projects Caruso St. John is behind the Bremer Landesbank, Bremen, Germany, the restructuring of the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood and the master plan for the Tate Britain, Millbank, both London, UK and several of the Gagosian Gallery sites. Adam Caruso was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Bygningskulturens Hus in Copenhagen, Denmark in February 2017. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2017. Supported by Dreyers Fond FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel
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Olafur Eliasson Interview: The Shape of an Idea
 
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The space that ideas stem from is similar to a treasure room, according to artist Olafur Eliasson, who here discusses his remarkable art installation ‘Model Room’. A beginning has the shape of an idea, and before the idea is something one might call intuition or something that is ‘felt’: “It’s meaningful but it has no words,” Elisasson says. Adding words to an idea, therefore, can sometimes be counterproductive and makes the idea more pragmatic as it has to be explained: “Intuition is always a flow, it’s like a little poem of something which has not yet come to verbalization.” This is why Eliasson or people from his team, among these mathematician Einar Thorsteinn, make models, because these “small spatial experiments” help him realize whether the actual work of art is as good as the idea it is derived from. The extraordinary table, which is his art installation ‘Model Room’, is thus about the relationship between thinking and doing and about “celebrating the area around where things start - the ideas.” Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) works with sculpture, painting, photography, film and installations. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts from 1989-1995. In 1995 he moved to Berlin where he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson is behind many major exhibitions and projects around the world, such as ‘The Weather Project’ at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2003, ‘Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson’ organized by SFMOMA in 2007, which travelled until 2010 to major venues such the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and ‘Riverbed’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2014. Among Eliasson’s projects in public space are ‘Green River’, carried out in various cities from 1998-2001 and ‘The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion’ in 2007 in collaboration with Kjetil Thorsen of Snøhetta. He lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Olafur Eliasson was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2014. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edited by: Kamilla Bruus Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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8 Writers on Facing the Blank Page
 
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“It’s like a slightly overweight, bald boss saying: ‘Oy, get to work! You’re supposed to be a writer, aren’t you? You can’t just sit around on your fat ass waiting to be inspired’.” Hear how David Mitchell and seven other critically acclaimed authors face the blank page. “The blank page of the mind has to be filled before you can face the actual blank page,” says American author novelist Jonathan Franzen (b. 1959) – a view mirrored by several of the writers featured in this anthology. Lydia Davis (b. 1947) never sits down in front of a blank page, but only confronts it when she has a note or a thought at hand, and Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) runs, meditates and thinks deeply before approaching the blank page: “I would never write first,” she says. “As soon as you write in language it becomes frozen (…) writing prematurely is a mistake.” A blank page can also be a door, a portal opening onto infinite possibilities. To David Mitchell (b. 1969) the blank page is like a fantastic night sky “with a super moon really close to the ground and all the stars and the galaxies. It makes your heart beat faster.” And the most important, explains award-winning author Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), is to be in the flow: “If you’re skiing downhill, and you stop in the middle of it to think ‘how am I doing this?’ you’ll fall over.” Also featured in this anthology is German novelist Daniel Kehlmann (b. 1975), American novelist Philipp Meyer (b. 1974) and Egyptian novelistAlaa Al-Aswany (b. 1957). Interviews by Christian Lund, Kasper Bech Dyg and Marc-Christoph Wagner. The interviews can be watched in full length at http://channel.louisiana.dk. Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Interview: Beauty Does Not Solve Problems
 
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I am drawn to the beauty of sentences, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confesses in this interview. Nevertheless it is important to keep a distance to your characters. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (b. 1977) discovered literature at a very early age. "I started reading and writing at the same time", she says in this conversation. "If the writing is going well, it is almost transcendent. Then it is a state of being." Adichie explains, that she is drawn to melancholy: "Both in people, stories and music I find it very beautiful." At the same time, Adichie distances herself from pure emotional literature. "People tend to think, that if a book supports your own prejudices, it's great literature. It's not. As a writer, you have to keep a distance to your subject. And in general, the definition of beauty in the western world is very narrow." Adichie grew up in the southeastern part of Nigeria. After school, she studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigera. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college, where she studied communications and political science in Philadelphia. In 2003, she completed a master's degree in creative writing at the Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University. Adichie has received numerous prices for her literary work, including the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003) and Half of a yellow sun (2007) as well as the collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck (2009). Her latest novel Americanah (2013) was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013. Chimama Adichie was interviewed by Synne Rifbjerg. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edit: Kamilla Bruus Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Zadie Smith Interview: On Shame, Rage and Writing
 
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“Writing is all shame.” Zadie Smith – often referred to as “the superstar of British literature” – here talks about how shame can be used to “propel you on to something,” and why one must try to understand where people’s rage is coming from. On the subject of ‘shame’, Smith feels that there is a positive element to it, as being shameless is very dangerous: “In America, our president at the moment is a shameless person.” She finds that shame can even be productive and that writing is an entirely shameful practice: “Who are you to write 400 pages about anything? Why should anybody have to read them? Every moment of it is shameful.” In continuation of this, revisiting your early work isn’t an easy thing for her: “It always feels quite distant, partly because when you’re writing it’s such an obsessive thing, and then when you’re done it’s like pushing something out of your body you don’t want to be involved with anymore.” Moreover, as “writing is wonderfully solitary” and many writers are quite introvert, it is the act of performing that prevents them from excelling in other things that they may be good at: “I think writing gives the most possibility of improvement. I was never going to be Stevie Wonder, no matter how hard I tried, but with writing you can get better.” Smith argues that it is important to try to understand how the rage of the right-wing increased during the eight years, where they were the ones with a president they couldn’t relate to: “I think you have to think of emotions as real even when they’re extremely alien to you.” Rather than being overwhelmed with anger at extreme opinions, one must try to conceive of it: “I feel the rage, but my rage matching their rage is pointless. I think it’s more interesting to think about what it is about white people that find the idea of any collectivity that excludes them so upsetting.” Smith finds that insecurity, jealousy and “a kind of vanity that you should always be included in all things” are at the root of this rage. But it’s okay if things aren’t necessarily about you: “Why do you turn that moment of mystery, where you’re not sure what’s going on, immediately into rage?” Zadie Smith (b. 1975) is a British novelist, essayist and short story writer. She is the author of the critically praised novels ‘White Teeth’ (2000), ‘The Autograph Man’ (2002), ‘On Beauty’ (2005), ‘NW’ (2012) and ‘Swing Time’ (2016). Smith is the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award for ‘White Teeth’, ‘Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists’ (2003 and 2013), ‘Welt-Literaturpreis’ (2016) and the ‘Langston Hughes Medal’ (2017). She lives in New York City. Zadie Smith was interviewed by Synne Rifbjerg in August 2017 in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Dan Graham: Advice to the Young
 
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“Don’t make art as a career,” says award-winning American artist Dan Graham. “Because that means you’re just doing the same boring things that you reacted against in the beginning.” In this short interview Dan Graham offers advice to younger artists by tallying up the best and worst things about art schools: visiting many different artists, going on class excursions and having access to books are all important opportunities for the young artist. Also art schools might give access to technical schools so you can earn a living. The worst? “Trying to make art theoretical and misuse of the word ‘problematize’,” says Graham with a tongue-in-cheek poke at the contemporary art world. Furthermore Dan Graham advises young artists to go and experience great art in museums. Dan Graham (b. 1942) is an award-winning American conceptual artist whose work spans across curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography and architecture. He is perhaps most known for his pavilions, which he has designed since the late 1970s and which have been realized across the world. His work has been shown at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Graham’s works are also shown numerous times at prestigious events such as dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany and at the Venice Biennale, in Italy. Dan Graham was interviewed by Christian Lund in his home in SoHo, New York, October 2015. Camera: Pierce Jackson Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Michael Simpson Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Don’t be afraid of the history of art.” We had the pleasure of meeting painter Michael Simpson in his studio. He here shares his solid piece of advice for young artists, who should learn from the history of art rather than dismiss it as something outdated. Simpson feels that being an art student is in a sense “a false playground,” where you get lots of feedback and support. The big test of whether or not you can become an artist comes when you leave art school: “You suddenly find yourself in a room on your own, and it’s essentially hermetic, this activity. You’re suddenly involved in nothing more than a monologue with yourself. And it’s dangerous and it’s really, really difficult.” Michael Simpson (b. 1940) is a British painter born to a Russian Jewish mother and a Roman gypsy father. Simpson has been working on a series of large paintings relating to the same atheist theme since 1989: ‘Bench paintings’. Although this work – which originates in his intense interest in the infamy of religious history and in particular to the renegade medieval philosopher Giordano Bruno – is contemporary, its main influences originate from 15th century Venetian and early Flemish painting. Simpson’s first solo show was at Piccadilly Gallery in 1964, and he has since exhibited continuously including solo shows at Arnolfini in Bristol, David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen and Serpentine Gallery in London. He lives and works in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire in England. Michael Simpson was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in his studio space – a former gas works – in Wiltshire, England in February 2016. Please note that the painting shown in the background is an unfinished work by the painter. Camera: Kyle Stevenson Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
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Ian McKeever Interview: Mystery to the Viewer
 
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“I am trying to take the sense of speed out of the visual world of looking.” Interview with renowned British artist, Ian McKeever. Slowing down in a world where “everything is changing all the time” is of the essence to McKeever, who never takes credit for finishing his paintings: “They finish themselves”, he says. A painting can easily sit for a couple of months to a year in the studio before it is once again taken out and recommenced. This sense of timeless flow, McKeever feels, seems to free the paintings from any specific moment or period in time. Leaving room for the mystery to grow on the viewer by drawing them in only to push them back out again is also at the core of McKeever’s beautiful and suggestive paintings. The sense of mystery is what forms the attraction, and the obvious is of little interest, as he says: “I think there are enough tables and chairs and people in the world already, I don’t see why we all have to paint them as well.” Ian McKeever (b.1946) is a British artist based in Dorset, England. He is a Visiting Professor in Painting at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the University of Brighton. Between 2006-2011 he was Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy School of Arts, London. Among his solo exhibitions are ‘Hours of Darkness and Hours of Light’ and ‘Twelve-Standing and Three’. Ian McKeever was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Horsens Art Museum, Denmark in 2014. Camera: Ole Udengaard Edited by Kasper Bech Dyg Produced by Kasper Bech Dyg, 2014 Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Anselm Kiefer Interview: Art is Spiritual
 
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Meet the extolled German artist, Anselm Kiefer, who lives for the process of creating, argues that history is a moldable material, considers art a spiritual occupation and refers to himself as a “dinosaur”. Art is a spiritual occupation, capturing a form of contact that science can’t: “It makes a connection between things that are separated,” Kiefer argues. In his mind, his works should continually evolve and be fluid. The process of creating is of utmost importance to him, as it is the process rather than the end that has his interest, and what’s between the paintings rather than in them. “I am a dinosaur – I paint myself,” he comments. Kiefer argues that history is a material, which is moldable like argil, and in this way becomes less horrific as it is possible to reform it. “History shows that humankind has a wrong construction in their head…it’s badly done,” he continues, half-jokingly remarking that if an airplane had such a construction, it would fall down all the time. He, however, does not consider it his job as an artist to express a certain attitude towards history: “I just show it like I see it.” Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) is a German painter and sculptor. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead and shellac. Spirituality and history are important themes in Kiefer’s works, which frequently address and seek to process taboo and often dark, controversial issues from recent history, such as the horrors of the Holocaust. Kiefer, whose style is often linked to ‘New Symbolism’, lives and works primarily in Paris, France and in Alcáder do Sal, Portugal. Anselm Kiefer was interviewed by Tim Marlow at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in 2010. Camera: Marie Friis Forchhammer Edited by: Marie Friis Forchhammer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Glenn Branca Interview: Sounds From the Subconscious
 
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"I had to squeeze the music out of that thing!" Feel the good vibes in this laid back interview with legendary American avant-garde composer and noise-guitarist Glenn Branca, who has influenced bands like Sonic Youth. "I want people to do what they want to do, not what culture wants them to do. " In this interview Glenn Branca talks about how he learned to play on a guitar which was really cheap and hard to play, and how he feels lucky to have been a young man in the '60s, when there was an explosion of good music and lots of amazing sounds to get into. Branca is always looking for new sounds and his primary interest is "opening music up to ambiguity," he says. We all see things in our own way Branca adds, "the subconscious is a very important part of my music." Branca's aim is to confuse the conscious mind, breaking it open, "allowing us to access the subconscious." Glenn Branca (b.1948) is known for his experimental use of volume, alternative guitar tunings, repetition, droning, and the harmonic series. In 2008 he was awarded an unrestricted grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Glenn Branca was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Drop Inn & Huset-KBH with artFREQ, Radical High Culture, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 2014. Photography by Steen Møller Rasmussen Edited by Kasper Bech Dyg Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, produced by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014. Supported by Nordea-fonden.
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Joan Jonas Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Love what you do. Because it’s not easy. It’s not easy to make art.” Watch as the iconic video and performance artist Joan Jonas advises her younger colleagues to enjoy what they’re doing as you never know how people will respond to your work. Moreover, it’s important to have a circle of friends that you can spar with: “Art is about communication. Art is a dialogue with art, a dialogue with other artists, a dialogue with the past, with the future, and it’s an important dialogue to have.” Joan Jonas (b. 1936) is an American artist, who works with combinations of video, performance, installation, sculpture and drawing, often collaborating with musicians and dancers. Her cutting-edge ‘Mirror Pieces’ (late 1960’s) featured performers carrying mirrors on stage, slowly rotating them and thus transforming the audience into an image on glass. Jonas has had a number of solo exhibitions at prominent venues including Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. Moreover, she has been represented in dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany, six times since 1972. Among numerous honours and awards, Jonas is the recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2009). She lives and works in New York and Nova Scotia, Canada. For more about her see: http://joanjonasvenice2015.com Joan Jonas was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Malmö Konsthall in Sweden in November 2015 in connection to her exhibition ‘Light Time Tales’. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Karin Mamma Andersson Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“If you think Rubens is crap, then don’t bother with him.” Karin Mamma Andersson, one of Sweden’s most important contemporary painters, advises younger colleagues to learn your art history: “Focus on what you find interesting, but immerse yourself in it.” “There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel, art has always been like a game of Chinese whispers in which we give and take,” says the acclaimed artist, who also advises not to follow contemporary artistic trends. She underlines that the most important source of inspiration at art school does not come from the teachers, but from the other art students, your friends and peers. Karin Mamma Andersson (b. 1962) is one of Sweden’s most internationally acknowledged artists. She studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, at which time her nickname ‘Mamma’ was added to differentiate herself from another student with the same name. Her dreamlike, expressive compositions are often inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets and private interiors. She is represented by Gallery Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm, http://www.gallerimagnuskarlsson.com/ and by David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Karin Mamma Andersson resides in Stockholm. Learn more at: http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/mamma-andersson/biography/ Karin Mamma Andersson was interviewed by Christian Lund in her studio in Stockholm, Sweden, February 2015. Camera: Kasper Kiertzner Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produce by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Yayoi Kusama Interview: Earth is a Polka Dot
 
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Interview with Japan’s legendary artist, who has been painting polka dots ever since she started as an artist. In this video she talks about one of her works, a light installation depicting her cosmic vision. Yayoi Kusama (b 1929) is the most important contemporary artist living in Japan today. In this video she talks about her life, how her parents were against her becoming an artist and how she decided to go to New York because she wanted to compete with the best artists. She also describes her working process and how she is always surprised by the result. Interview by Christian Lund, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, London, February 2011. Interview filmed by: Matthias Pilz. Kusama's installation filmed by Martin Kogi. Translation: Nami Yamamoto Produced by: Martin Kogi and Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden.
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Kerry James Marshall Interview: Paint it Black
 
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Imagine being seen for who you really are, a central figure in narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history. "We live in a material world, in which the things we see shape our expectations." Meet artist Kerry James Marshall in this interview about his development as an artist, where he explains that he wishes to help make equality a reality by placing the black figure in the center of the painting. Marshall also talks about how growing up as a witness to movements and riots shaped his perception of the world, and how he found that art should be embedded in the political reality, and that as a painter he should work with social transformation. Black invisibility is a psychological issue, Marshall says. It means that people do not want to see you in the fullness of who you are: "Reading The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison really is what set up this exploration, for me, of this simultaneous capacity of being and not being." As an artist Marshall has explored this idea of invisibility and visibility, presence and absence through the use of different shades of black on black, working with political events and historical figures, as well as reworking classic works of art from art history with black bodies and figures: "It's one thing to stand by and admire the work of other people, the moment that I recognize the greatness of those things it's unacceptable to me to not also try to match the sophistication and complexity and the appeal of those works, but doing it with images that have people who look like me in them." Kerry James Marshall (b.1955) is known for his large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African-American life and history as their subject matter. His work often deals with the effects of the Civil Rights movement on domestic life, in addition to working with elements of popular culture. Marshall graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 1978. Kerry James Marshall was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark, 2014. Camera: Mathias Nyholm Edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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8 Artists on Painting
 
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Juhani Pallasmaa Interview: Art and Architecture
 
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“Architecture is not out there, it’s a mediation between the world and our minds.” Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, a leading figure in contemporary architecture, here talks about how good architecture and good art alike tell us something not only about our society, history and culture, but also about ourselves. Pallasmaa argues that self-construction is important in order to eventually be able to build something yourself. Reading is an important part of this built-up, and he encourages his students not to read architecture books but rather poetry and novels: “When we read a good book, we construct each one of the characters, every room, every space, every house, entire cities we construct in our imagination.” Moreover, the miracle of art, Pallasmaa finds, is that it conveys the presence of the maker, whether that be a current artist, or one who lived thousands of years ago: “Greatness is measured by timelessness.” Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936) is a Finnish architect, critic and former professor of architecture, who is considered a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design and art culture. Among his buildings are Bank of Finland Museum (2002-2003), Kamppi Centre (2003-2006) and the pedestrian and the Viikki Bridge (2002) in Helsinki and Cranbrook Academy of Art (1994) in Michigan. In 1983 he established his own architect’s office in Helsinki – Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY. Awards for his architectural work include the 2009 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Finnish State Architecture Award, the Fritz Schumacher Prize and the Russian Federation of Architecture Award. Moreover, he is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1991, he was Finland’s architectural representative at the Venice Biennale. Pallasmaa has written several books on architectural theory, among these ‘The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses’, which has become a classic of architectural theory and is required reading on courses in many schools of architecture worldwide. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Juhani Pallasmaa was interviewed by Rasmus Quistgaard at his office in Helsinki, Finland in March 2018. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Dreyers Fond FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Ed Ruscha Interview: Words Have No Size
 
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The road to being an artist was “like blind leading the blind” says Ed Ruscha, who grew to be one of the most recognised American artists of the 20th century. Hear the story of West Coast Jazz, his break with abstract art and L.A. in the 1960s. When Ed Ruscha entered the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s the city was buzzing with progressive jazz and the prevailing method of making art was abstract expressionism. But the intuitive style did not fit Ruscha’s temperament: “I had to preconceive ideas that I would put into a picture.” The big creative breakthrough came when the artist stepped away from abstraction and began working with recognisable objects, particularly words. “Words were not tied to any particular size,” Ruscha explains. “If you see a picture of an apple you know its size, but a word has no size.” The use of everyday objects and words was general for the generation of Pop Artists with which Ruscha has often been grouped. The young artists of the era found abstract expressionism and minimalism exhausted. “These genres had been so well stated that it would be difficult to state anything more. It was a natural evolution to move in different directions,” says Ruscha. “I’m one of those artists who saw that common objects had more appeal to me than throwing paint at a canvas.” Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is an American painter, photographer and filmmaker. Considered a central figure in post-war American art, his work has been the subject of retrospective New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, and Munich and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Ed Ruscha was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Los Angeles, USA in January 2016. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum for Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Yayoi Kusama Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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What piece of advice would one of the world’s most iconic contemporary artists pass on? Japanese Yayoi Kusama here turns the tables and argues that advice should not come from other people: “I am not an art teacher to you.” “Spread your ideas all over the world.” Kusama encourages artists to trust their own creativity, explore themselves and discover their own path in life: “A true direction will come from overcoming adversity.” Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including paintings, collage, sculpture, performance art, fashion, and installations. Common for these different genres is the thematic interest in psychedelic colours, repetition and pattern (most famously dots). She moved to the United States in 1957 and soon became a fixture of the New York avant-garde scene, influencing contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol. It was also in New York, that she embraced the rise of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, organizing a series of happenings in which naked participants were painted with polka dots. In 1973 Kusama moved back to Japan, where she was suddenly perceived as a “Western” artist, and thus had to re-establish her network and position. Kusama’s work is in the collections of leading museums such as MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Asahi Prize (2001), Order des Arts et des Lettres (2003), the Order of the Rising Sun (2006) and one of Japan’s most prestigious prizes, Praemium Imperiale (2006), which she was the first Japanese woman to receive. Kusama has also designed for the fashion-industry, collaborating with prominent designers such as Louis Vuitton. She lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Yayoi Kusama was interviewed at her studio in Tokyo, Japan in June 2015. Camera: Yudai Maruyama Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Hiroshi Sugimoto Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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“Before you try to become an artist I want you to go out to the world and learn about it.” In this video, the highly acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto advises aspiring artists to expose themselves to many different jobs and experiences before venturing into art, which he feels requires “a profound experience in life.” If you, after you’ve experienced many kinds of jobs, still desire to become an artist, then you should go for it. Sugimoto emphasizes that you don’t have to be an artist when you are in your teens or twenties, but can just as well start at the age of 70 or even 80: “It’s better for one to go on a journey, which can improve oneself, before trying to become an artist.” Referring to French artist Marcel Duchamp’s idea that all the greatest artist are bad people, Sugimoto also finds that people who become successful in the art world are often strange: “Because artists see the world in a way that a normal person wouldn’t. So if you think you are a good person, then you are not the artist type.” Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) is a Japanese artist and photographer. Sugimoto is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2001), the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting (2009) and The Royal Photographic Society, Centenary Medal (2017). In 2006, he was the subject of a mid-career retrospective organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Sugimoto has had solo exhibitions at prominent venues such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. His works are presently held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu in Japan. Sugimoto lives and works between New York City and Tokyo. For more see: https://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/ Hiroshi Sugimoto was interviewed at the Enoura Observatory in Odawara, Japan by Haruko Hoyle in June 2018. Camera: Yudai Maruyama Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Produced by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen and Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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Susan Hiller Interview: Advice to the Young
 
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Too many people think that you can only be creative within the field of art: “It’s not just a little ghetto called ‘art’ that allows you to do that.” Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Hiller (b.1940 - d.2019) advises younger colleagues not to make art unless they have to. Moreover, it is essential that you avoid being misled by other people’s opinion about your art – what really matters is daring to be yourself: “The greatest pleasure there is, is actually to define a problem – and solve it, and only you know whether it’s solved or not.” Susan Hiller (b.1940 - d.2019) is an American London-based artist. In the early 1980s she began to make innovative use of audio and visual technology. Her ground-breaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition and are widely acknowledged as a major influence on younger British artists. Hiller’s works are based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which she uses as basic materials. With a practice extending over 40 years, she has been recognized by mid-career survey exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (1986), Tate Liverpool (1996) and Tate Britain (2011). For more about Susan Hiller see: http://www.susanhiller.org/ Susan Hiller was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in connection to her exhibition ‘Channels’ at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, February 2015. Camera: Kasper Kiertzner Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Richard Tuttle Interview: Artists Are Like Clouds
 
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An emotional interview with the award winning post minimalist Richard Tuttle, known for his subtle, intimate works: "Artists they're from nature, they come out of nature, they're like the clouds that just happen." Being an artist is not like a disease, and it's not something, which can be cured via psychoanalysis either. Artists are a part of nature, like clouds that just happen, Tuttle explains. For Richard Tuttle personally art has always been his life, something he could not live without. Tuttle also explains that art is a human invention, a system which produces freedom, and which is necessary for keeping society healthy. The interview is as subtle and intimate as Tuttles work -- the artist invites us in for a glimpse of his childhood pain. Most artists have terrible childhoods, and would die without art, Tuttle says. He was brought up by three women, his aunt and grandmother helped his mother, who wasn't able to take care of him on her own. His father didn't understand him. Most artists grown up without the understanding of their families, Tuttle says: "They try to make you like they are." Tuttle also tells us how he learned never to trust teachers, and to always trust his own beliefs first of all. Most of us are conditioned by our surroundings as we grow up, the wisdom of society stamps out the inner life, as we learn how to operate in the world. But the artist's job is to explore the invisible world of nature and emotions. Richard Dean Tuttle (b. 1941) is an American post minimalist artist who's works span a range of media, from sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and artist's books to installation and furniture. Tuttle is often referred to as an "artist's artist" and, as such, his work has been influential to a generation of contemporary artists such as Kiki Smith, Jim Hodges, David Hammons, Michael Oman-Reagan, Tom Friedman, and Jessica Stockholder. He was a very close friend of minimalist painter Agnes Martin until her death in 2004. Richard Tuttle was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Editing by Kamilla Bruus Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Father John Misty Interview: Elements of Misdirection
 
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Hear the story of a successful American singer-songwriter, who grew up in a religious home that he had to break radically with. Meet Joshua Tillman who became Father John Misty, and who has made roleplaying the axis of his captivating songs. “There are a lot of ways where the rhetoric of being an artist or a musician overlaps with the rhetoric of faith or religion,” says Misty. Growing up in a strict Protestant Evangelical home in suburban Maryland, U.S. – where only Christian culture was permitted – he explains that the fantasy world he has created is similar to the religious world in which he was raised. Unhappy with his background, the American songwriter felt a strong desire to break with it completely and re-invent himself. The ultimate way of doing so was by changing his name. Several albums were thus produced under the name J. Tillman and were – in Misty’s own words – “cathartic.” Around the age of 30, he had a “creative pre-mature midlife crisis,” which made him realize that in order to survive creatively he had to keep moving. As a response, Father John Misty was created: “Any time you get on stage there’s something inauthentic happening. At worst something inauthentic. And at the most benign you are like an object to people and they’re animating who you are with their own perceptions and whatever else.” Creating the character of Father John Misty then also became a way for him to be “authentically fake.” Joshua Tillman (Father John Misty) (b. 1981) is an American singer, guitarist, drummer and songwriter. He started out doing solo albums under the name J. Tillman from age 21 and later went on to play drums in the critically acclaimed folk-band Fleet Foxes (2008-2012). In 2012 Tillman released his first album as Father John Misty called ‘Fear Fun’. His second album ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ was released in 2014 and received excellent reviews from the likes of The Guardian, SPIN and Pitchfork. Father John Misty was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen at the music venue Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 2015 in connection to his concert. Clips from the concert are featured during the video. Camera: Simon Weyhe and Klaus Elmer Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Arundhati Roy Interview: The Role of the Writer
 
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“It’s our job to be unpopular, it’s our job to stand alone and say what we really think, not as activists but as writers.” Indian writer Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for her 1997-novel ‘The God of Small Things’, which became the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. In this short video, she argues that being a writer means daring to speak up and describe the world as you see it. In spite of the predominant need to classify people, Roy doesn’t feel that there is a distinction between being a writer and an activist, as this reduces what writers do. Most writers they write about the world they live in, without needing to be called “activists,” which Roy feels is a new word that has been added on because “the idea of what a writer is in the world today has been reduced into a commodity.” Arundhati Roy (b. 1961) is an Indian writer and political activist. Her works of fiction include ‘The God of Small Things’ (1997) – for which she won the 1997 Man Booker Prize with the words “The book keeps all the promises that it makes.” – and ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ (2017). Roy is also the author of screenplays, most noticeably ‘In Which Annie Gives it to Those Ones’ (1989), which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Screenplay. In 2015 she returned the award in protest against religious intolerance and the growing violence by right-wing groups in India. Roy has also written works of non-fiction such as ‘The Algebra of Infinite Justice’ (2002) and ‘Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy’ (2010). Among other prestigious awards, she is the recipient of the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award (2002), the Sydney Peace Prize (2004) and the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing (2011). In 2003 she was awarded special recognition as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco. Moreover, Roy was featured in the 2014 list of Time 100, the 100 most influential people in the world. She lives in Delhi, India. Arundhati Roy was interviewed by Christian Lund in May 2018 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Camera: Klaus Elmer Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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John Giorno Interview: Inside William S. Burroughs' Bunker
 
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Step inside ‘The Bunker’ in New York, the windowless former apartment of the legendary writer William S. Burroughs, and let yourself be guided around – from Burroughs’ typewriter to his shooting target – by its current resident, the iconic poet John Giorno. William S. Burroughs lived several places throughout his life. Between 1975-82 the drug addict and writer –famous not least for his automatic writing in books like ‘Naked Lunch’– lived in 222 Bowery, one of New York’s first YMCAs in the 1880s. Performance poet John Giorno has lived at the address since the early 1960s and was delighted to host his friend and colleague, who lived in the basement for seven years and dubbed the windowless space ‘The Bunker’. “He was a brilliant transcendent writer, but he was more brilliant here,” Giorno recalls and explains how Burroughs was high from nine in the morning, and then would have vodkas and joints at five o’clock in the afternoon. Giorno himself would join him, albeit a bit later in the day: “Doing that for those endless years and years, that was a lesson – not sure what the lesson is though.” Having downed several more bottles of vodka and smoked more joints, Burroughs and his guests would shoot at the target poster, which still has its original bullet holes. John Giorno has been using ‘The Bunker’ as a guest room for visiting friends and today everything has been restored and kept like it was when Burroughs lived there: the target poster, the typewriter, the gun magazines and the desk all set for someone to sit down and write. We also get to see the ‘Orgone box’ – a box invented by psychoanalyst William Reich, who believed that orgones are vibratory atmospheric atoms of the life-principle, which can be concentrated as a creative substratum. “And if you sat in there you would collect orgone energy of the universal power,” Giorno adds. Burroughs “always believed there could be chaos and catastrophe, so every house should have a vessel to be able to save enough water to live for four days. So that’s why that was there,” says Giorno about the big water tank on the floor. Giorno also shows us Burroughs’ lamp, which is made from a – still functioning – rifle from the Civil War, as well as his BB gun: “It's a generational thing of his, coming of age as a young person in the 1920s and 30s, living in the country in St. Louis, and also outside, and being alone and being frail. I don't think his family were shooters, somehow it entered his life, all of those things.” John Giorno (b. 1936) is an American poet and one of the most influential figures in contemporary performance poetry with his intensely rhythmic and philosophical poetry. He has published a wide range of poetic works such as the collection ‘You Got to Burn to Shine’, spoken words with William S. Burroughs and Laurie Anderson. In 1962, Giorno was the subject of Andy Warhol’s 6-hour movie ‘Sleep’. Giorno has also created Giorno Poetry Systems, which has published more than 40 spoken LP’s with acclaimed artists such as Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith. William S. Burroughs (b. William Seward Burroughs II in 1914 – d. 1997) was an American writer and artist. He was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major influence in popular culture and literature, he wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays, found success with his confessional first novel ‘Junkie’ (1953) but is best known for his highly controversial third novel ‘Naked Lunch’ (1959). Along with artist, writer and poet Brion Gysin, Burroughs re-invented the literary cut-up technique in works such as ‘The Nova Trilogy’ (1961-1964). Much of Burroughs’ work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict. In 1951, he accidentally killed his wife Joan Vollmer with a pistol during a drunken ‘William Tell’ game and was consequently convicted of manslaughter. Through the years, Burroughs also created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual artworks, including his celebrated ‘Gunshot Paintings’. He did not, however, exhibit his artwork until 1987, and for last 10 years of his life, he presented his paintings and drawings at museums and galleries worldwide. He died at his home in Kansas after suffering a heart attack in 1997. John Giorno was interviewed by Christian Lund in New York City in October 2017. In the video, John Giorno reads from his poem ‘The Death of William Burroughs’ (1997). Photographs used in the video: Photo of William Burroughs (1989) - Courtesy of John Giorno Archives, Photo of William Burroughs with John Giorno and Keith Haring (1987) - Courtesy of Kate Simon, Photo of William Burroughs in the Bunker (1979) - Courtesy of Kate Simon Camera: Mathias Nyholm Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Produced by: Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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Sterling Ruby Interview: A Bowl of Memories
 
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“If I had to describe it to your grandmother, it is like a big bowl or ashtray filled with all of the debris from the past.” Meet American artist Sterling Ruby, whom we interviewed in his Los Angeles studio about his unique work made from ceramic “shrapnel.” “I’m a real pack-rat – I never throw anything away.” Ruby has kept the pieces from ceramics that were blown up in the firing process, turning his studio into a sort of “archive or archaeology site or dig site.” These pieces of the past – some of them 12-15 years old – have then been placed into a new form through a continuous process of re-firing and re-glazing: “There’s an archaeological aspect to having a lineage or a train of thought that has been running through the work the entire time. It’s exposing a lot of failures, and laying them on the table, and didactically making it what the work is about.” Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) is an American artist, who moves freely between ceramics, painting, sculpture collage and video. A strong physical dimension is associated with the development of his works: very large canvases, enormous sculptures created with drip techniques and experimental ceramics created in a sequence of several firings. Ruby has expressed strong opposition to minimalism’s rejection of individuality and the craftsmanship in art, and as a response his works often appear scratched, camouflaged, dirty or splattered. Ruby’s work can be found in international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Sterling Ruby was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Los Angeles, California in January 2016. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Edited by: Miriam Nielsen Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
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Sterling Ruby Interview: This Manic Circle
 
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Join us as we visit the internationally praised, multifaceted artist Sterling Ruby in his Los Angeles studio. In this video, you can watch the American artist at work and hear about his approach to art: “I like the idea that what I’m doing is an abstraction of something I am experiencing in real life, but in all actuality, I think it’s my visual description of it.” After high school, Ruby got a job in construction, which made him miserable, and he decided to apply to art school: “I did that for four years, and then I saw that Bruce Nauman exhibit at MoMA and it just changed everything. I realized there was something that was slightly past the 1970s that really made a lot of sense.” The exhibition seemed to put into perspective Ruby’s experiences from growing up in a farming community in Pennsylvania, where most men were very narrowminded and condescending: “I wanted to do what Bruce Nauman was doing, I wanted to work with materials that were already existing… but I also wanted to work with my hands, I wanted to make things and I wanted to push these things together.” In continuation of this, Ruby’s ambition became to make work that dealt with the psychological experiences of his past as well as his future. “I think I’m an all-around artist.” Ruby chooses specific mediums because they “translate the idea more than another medium would.” His work ethic, as well as his personality, has made him a highly productive artist, and he believes that he can identify how successful a work is by how manic it feels: “I’m a kind of manic, paranoid person, and working at a bunch of different mediums, and always having a place to go helps.” Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) is an American artist, who moves freely between ceramics, painting, sculpture collage and video. A strong physical dimension is associated with the development of his works: very large canvases, enormous sculptures created with drip techniques and experimental ceramics created in a sequence of several firings. Ruby has expressed strong opposition to minimalism’s rejection of individuality and the craftsmanship in art, and as a response, his works often appear scratched, camouflaged, dirty or splattered. His work can be found in international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Sterling Ruby was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Los Angeles, California in January 2016. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Edited by: Klaus Elmer Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018 Supported by Nordea-fonden FOLLOW US HERE! Website: http://channel.louisiana.dk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaChannel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisianachannel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LouisianaChann
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