Q&A: Alternatives – Proboscis (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Alice Angus and Giles Lane of Proboscis. You can read Part 1 here. What is your opinion of the current state of the three main pillars of the contemporary arts system in the ‘developed world’: the museum, the biennale and the commercial gallery? Giles: My connections … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Proboscis (part 1)

INTRODUCTION PROBOSCIS is an organisation that employs the imaginative insights of art practice to address real-life social issues, not through commentary and hand-wringing, but in the development of practical tools for change. Over the past 20 years, they have established a range of strategies that harness and focus the creativity of those with whom they … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Tomoko Hayashi (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Tomoko Hayashi. You can read Part 1 here. View of Tomoko Hayashi’s exhibition at CoCA, Poland in 2013 – the jewellery on display was manufactured from human tears. The works were conceived after working with a group of engineers in Tokyo where she learned of an … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Tomoko Hayashi (part 1)

TOMOKO HAYASHI is a creative practitioner working at the liminal juncture of art, science, design and technology. Yet her work avoids the techno-fetish of many such interdisciplinary ventures. For, while both new and traditional technologies are harnessed in her work, its true heart lies in the delicate evocation of intimacy between lovers parted by great … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Ian Milliss (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Ian Milliss. You can read Part 1 here. Image above: Art as merchandise / merchandise as art; pointing out that the art object has, in reality, always been just a souvenir of a cultural process. A mass-market T-shirt adaptively reused by adding a slogan that sums up … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Ian Milliss (part 1)

Introduction Ian Milliss’ creative practice spans almost five decades, but for much of that time he has been ‘the invisible artist’. The reason is that little of his creative output results in an artefact that can be displayed in a gallery or museum, even less bought and sold on the art market. His work engages … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Sohrab Hura (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Sohrab Hura. You can read Part 1 here.   Working in your present way – letting go and not controlling your practice in terms of professional status building – how do you make a living? I have been lucky. When I have no money something or … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Sohrab Hura (part 1)

~ INTRODUCTION Growing up, Sohrab Hura had many ambitions which changed from one exciting thing to another. He started with dreams of becoming a dog, which later evolved to being a superhero and from there to a veterinarian… to a herpetologist studying reptiles and amphibians… a wild-life filmmaker. Finally, he trained as an economist at … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Scott Redford (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Scott Redford. You can read Part 1 here. ~ What is your opinion of the current state of the three main pillars of the contemporary arts system:  the museum, the art biennale, the commercial gallery? In many ways, all are redundant to new thinking on art … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Scott Redford (part 1)

~ INTRODUCTION SCOTT REDFORD is an Australian practitioner hailing from the seaside resort of Surfer’s Paradise on Queensland’s southern coast. His practice spans a heterogeneous range of media from painting, sculpture and installation to photography, signage and surfboard graphics. While his engagement with art ideas is firmly international, his inspiration is local; the Australian Gold Coast … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Thierry Geoffroy (part 2)

THIS IS PART 2 of the Q&A ‘Alternatives’ interview with Thierry Geoffroy. You can read Part 1 here. You have turned jogging into an art form. How does the Critical Run work? I prefer the word ‘running’. Jogging sounds a bit too leisurely. Critical Run is an Art Format for criticism; it is a stimulating, … Continue reading

Q&A: Alternatives – Thierry Geoffroy (part 1)

INTRODUCTION:  THIERRY GEOFFROY is a French practitioner based in Copenhagen who also works under the name of Colonel. For the past 25 years he has created a series of conceptual formulas to initiate events and temporary installations. These projects involve many participants – often several hundred – to address the social psychology of issues such as … Continue reading

Q&A: Censorship (round four)

~ SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP This final round of Q&A on censorship brings together the views of artists from Argentina, Australia and England. Following on from Alasdair Foster’s interview with Armani Nimerawi on the subject of censorship, CDC asked artists and colleagues around the world three questions: Have you ever been censored? Can you give an example … Continue reading

Q&A: Censorship – Louise Clements

~ Q&A Censorship Extra Before we publish the last round of Q&A on the subject of censorship, here is an extended response from the British producer and festival director Louise Clements. What she has to say is interesting not simply in terms of censorship and the balance of decision-making involved, but also in relation to … Continue reading

Q&A: Censorship (round three)

~ FURTHER THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP The previous postings in Round One and Round Two included answers from Australia, Europe and North America. In this round, we hear from respondents in Australia, Bangladeshi, Canada and Israel. This Q&A series follows on from Alasdair Foster’s interview with Armani Nimerawi on the subject of censorship, CDC asked artists and colleagues around the world … Continue reading

Q&A: Censorship (round two)

~ MORE THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP Having heard from Stephen Mayes, Julia Durkin and Pedro Meyer in ‘round one’ we now present the views of an artist and a photojournalist from Australia and a curator from Germany. This Q&A series follows on from Alasdair Foster’s interview with Armani Nimerawi on the subject of censorship, CDC asked artists … Continue reading

Q&A: Censorship (round one)

~ THINKING ABOUT CENSORSHIP Following on from Alasdair Foster’s interview with Armani Nimerawi on the subject of censorship, CDC asked artists and colleagues around the world three questions: Have you ever been censored? Can you give an example of justified censorship? If you ruled the world… how would the issues that lead to censorship be addressed? … Continue reading

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