There are many reasons I love Twitter. One of them is stumbling upon great exhibitions, parties for Miami (can we talk about how everyone planned all their parties for the 30th? Coordinate people!) and, once in a while, finding a great artist or artwork!
I recently got a new Twitter follower called @theFutureofArt and so I checked out their website. Well as regular readers know by now, they had me at Olafur Eliasson. Turns out The Future of Art is a project by Erik Niedling and Ingo Nierman, part of which consists of interviewing some of the art world’s top influencers.
Obviously I started with their interview (in German) with one of my favorite artists ever and then got hooked on the rest. They’ve gotten some less than nice reviews in Art Magazin (in German), but I highly disagree. Okay, so maybe the work wont “massively influence the future of art,” but I think anyone interested in contemporary art and it’s power players needs to watch this movie. It’ll be released with English subtitles and a book containing the longer interviews soon, so if you don’t understand German you gotta hold out a little longer. But I guarantee it’ll be worth the wait.
Liv: Tell us more about the project. What was the idea behind it? How did it all start?
E&I: The idea of the film is to interview important figures of the art world on how it works and where it’s heading to. While doing this Ingo who is basically a writer tries to become an artist himself and develop an artwork that has chances to sustain relevant for at least the next hundred years.
Liv: How did you choose who you would interview?
E&I: It were either great people that we already knew or great people that we always wanted to meet.
Liv: What were people’s (particularly those you asked for interviews) reactions when you told them about the project?
E&I: A lot of them were irritated by our effort to actually look for the future of art. Nowadays art and the art world is mainly dealing with the present and the past.
E&I: We met him in his studio where he had dozens of assistants working for him and his students waiting for him but he stayed unbelievably calm. We talked about his ambition to build a whole new city and we wouldn’t doubt that he is capable of handling it.
Liv: Who was the most fun/ intimidating / interesting to interview?
E&I: Maybe the most intense interview was the one with Terence Koh. He’s extremely shy and used to drink lots of Tequila to be able to speak but with us he stayed sober. Extremely charming, still very tense. His cat Hans Mayer preferred to sit on the lap of Ingo who’s suffering from a cat allergy. At the end of the interview the back of Terence’s shirt was completely wet while Ingo’s blue suit looked white because of Hans Mayer’s many hairs.
Liv: How do you two know each other?
E&I: We discovered a lot of similar interests, especially in plastic chairs and pyramids. Together we head the association Friends of the Great Pyramid that promotes the erection of a monumental tomb for potentially everyone.
Liv: Can each of you speak a little about your own work previous to this piece.
E&I: Ingo is a writer. In English he published “The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends” together with Adriano Sack and he edits the Solution series at Sternberg Press. Each volume proposes daring Solutions how to radically redesign a specific state. Erik is an artist who has so far mainly worked with photography. His work is dealing with archives and entropy.
Liv: Will you be showing the film at all in the States? Switzerland? Other places? I saw an English version will be for sale soon, right? Where?
E&I: Next spring Sternberg Press will publish an English subtitled DVD and a book with long versions of the interview. In addition there will be a couple of screenings at different international art institutions. We’ll keep you updated in our open Facebook site.
E&I: To massively influence the future of art.
Liv: Future plans?
E&I: To make the artwork that Ingo is developing within the film actually happen. To make the art persona that Erik is developing within the film actually happen.