In an interview with Andrew Lamprecht, published in the March 2015 edition of ARTsouthAFRICA, you said, “The jester is [your] patron saint.” You also said that “the role of the jester is to give and take.” If anything, what are you taking from this gift and who would you say the gift is for?
In German the word ‘gift’ means poison. I once made a large Cor-ten steel sculpture of this word and called it False Friend. Marcel Duchamp’s best (false) friend Man Ray made a work called Gift, which consisted of an old iron and tacks stuck to the hotplate. The question you ask is answered in as many ways as people make the effort to consider my proposal; “What you are regarding as a gift is a problem for you to solve” (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
The project is exclusively for your subscribers. What was the motivation for this? Did it have something to do with the idea that one should be familiar with the context in which something is born? Is it important to you that the work be viewed in relation to the rest of your work?
My art and practice is personal and an exchange between myself and the people who make the effort to engage with what I’m doing. I don’t make art for art fairs; I don’t have any assistants and don’t value my work by price or sales. I value every person who respects what I do and for this reason have offered them a private exchange that is, by definition, outside the confines of the art system as we understand it.
There is very little (if no) information about this project anywhere on the Internet, not even on your website. For most people out there, it simply doesn’t exist. Is this intentional and if so, why?
I hate the idea that you can replace the experience of a work of art with a jpeg. I am opposed to the experience of art mediated by the Internet. I hate the lazy ways we expect everything to be delivered directly into our brains, pre-digested.
On a completely unrelated note, you recently stated (via your Facebook status) that you’d be leaving the social media realm for good. What is your motivation for this?
I have just written a twenty-five-page text about this for a magazine called the Fenris Wolf. I cannot reduce my reasons to a sentence.
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