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Captivating, agonizing, nostalgic – sound can induce a plethora of experiences. In video artist Bill Viola’s words: “like angels, sound can cross between the physical and the nonphysical world.” Hear how he and 7 other artists inhabit the sonic world.
What would some of the greatest writers of our time advise their younger peers? Find out here where Jonathan Franzen, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Richard Ford, Umberto Eco and seven others share their thoughts on how to make it as a writer.
“Most artists have terrible childhoods”. Meet 12 exceptional contemporary artists who reflect upon their early years and how it shaped their life and art.
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.
70-minute interview with Patti Smith from the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark in 2012: "I thought we didn’t have to grow up. I was heartbroken to find out that we didn’t have a choice." Patti Smith is still running wild, staying young at heart.
"Every human being has a creative impulse, and we all have the right to exercise this creative impulse" says rock poet Patti Smith. The difference between general creativity and being an artist is a true calling to produce work that endures and inspires.
Patti Smith reads a very moving passage from her memoir 'Woolgathering', about her close relationship to her baby sister as well as her spirit dog Bambi - her childhood companion with whom she shared a unique understanding and connection.
The title song from Patti Smith’s album 'Banga' performed live by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2012. Banga is named after a dog in Bulgakov’s novel ’The Master and Margarita’.
“I left religion when I was twelve, but I never left praying. Many poems have stayed with me in my life and a lot of them were like little prayers.” In this video Patti Smith explains how poetry can be a means for staying in contact with a higher energy.
The first time Patti Smith performed on a stage, she read the poem 'Fire of Unknown Origin' set to music by Lenny Kaye. Watch their live performance of the poem 41 years later at the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark.
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.'
"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."
When September 11 happened Patti Smith discovered how much she missed Andy Warhol - the only artist who would have known how to respond.