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Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn juxtaposes pixelated images from the media. His works are not about technology, says the artist: “I try to give form to what I can’t accept: that someone else can decide for me what I should do, see or think.”
“It is the psyche of the artist that is the product, it sprung from your own well, it’s your own water,” says Sweden’s great painter Karin Mamma Andersson in this portrait. “The moment you dig into something, it becomes a sort of self-image.”
“As ‘a working tourist’ in Vienna you see all these smells of the past and not all of them are disgusting.” Hear why German painter Daniel Richter prefers Vienna – where he works as professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien – over Berlin.
“All sculpture that I’m interested in knows that death is the inevitable conclusion.” Award-winning artist Antony Gormley sees art as the expression and generation of hope. Hear how he and five other artists work with sculpture.
“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.”
“I don’t really believe art has power. But it does have value. Those who take an interest in it find solace in art. It gives them huge comfort.” Gerhard Richter, one of the greatest painters of our time, discusses beauty in the era of the internet.
“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.
“I was never an optimist in thinking that my images would change laws. But I certainly thought that I would be able to create a history.” Catherine Opie, photographer of minority groups and subcultures, can be both political and very internal.
When video artist Bill Viola was 6 years old he fell into a lake, all the way to the bottom, to a place which seemed like paradise. "There's more than just the surface of life." Viola explains. "The real things are under the surface".
“If you think Rubens is crap, then don’t bother with him.” Swedish artist Karin Mamma Andersson advises young painters to learn their art history: “Focus on what you find interesting, but immerse yourself in it.”
Water covers 70 per cent of the earth’s surface. “It’s always the same and it’s never the same,” says Finnish artist Elina Brotherus. Hear her, Olafur Eliasson, Bill Viola, Marina Abramović and four other artists on the vital substance.
“I’m sure even the cavemen copied the drawings of the guys from the next village and changed them a little bit.” Hear British conceptual artist Jonathan Monk’s view on the idea of originality: “Just embrace that you’re not. Or twist it so you can be.”
In a culture full of digital images and copies, painting is a “singular lens with the capacity to reflect an individual’s vision,” says American artist Terry Winters. Hear how he applies a “painterly approach” to his work with printmaking and drawing.
“I create works with the perspective of admiration for nature. I believe that my job is to convey the richness of nature to viewers.” Japanese artist Nobuo Sekine’s sculptures defy gravity. Learn how he got the idea to elevate a rock – and make it fly.
“I’ve lost the youthful naivety that leads me to think authorities should be torn down. I see it as an on-going negotiation.” Norwegian-born Gardar Eide Einarsson, who is now based in Tokyo, knows first-hand how different societies deal with authority.
When Bill Viola’s mother died it gave him an artistic breakthrough, David Shrigley’s parents wondered why people would pay for his art, Jonathan Meese’s works as her son's assistant, and Yayoi Kusama escaped her parents to become an artist.
Like a spy, American artist Taryn Simon uncovers the hidden places of the USA, portraying her country through its foundational spaces: religion, security, law. Like the country itself, the meaning, says Simon, is “ever morphing.”
“Kissing can be so many things…a way of connection that is purely about recognising another person’s humanity, divinity and essence.” Meet artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji, who sees performance as a way to witness and transcend the flaws of human nature.
The "mother with child" is one of the oldest clichés in the art historical vocabulary. Performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson grew up in the theatre with an actress-mother who attuned him to what he calls "the realness of fakeness."
Artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen was only 13 years old when she lost her father. “I started making art because I lacked words. Art was my way of dealing with loss.” Meet an artist whose work is a meditation on loss, both personal and societal.
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.
“I always say that I do not make paintings or sculptures, I make support for events.” Follow Carlos Cruz-Diez, leading figure in Op Art since the 1960s, into a world of chromatic experience.
Franco-Venezuelan artist Carloz Cruz-Diez has a lifetime of advice saved up for young artists – even though they may not want to listen. “They should do what I did: try to invent art and new discourses.”
Step into the laboratory of an artist whose main material is light. Whether solid, liquid or gaseous Ann Veronica Janssens uses light in all its forms “to show the manifestations of reality in a different way.”
“Somehow resistance is what validates an identity. Growing up gay, black and non-Christian, it kind of is something I love playing with.” Athi-Patra Ruga's sensuous work makes us question everyday life.
Two American icons portrayed eating. Young Alex Da Corte, who impersonated Eminem for a year, was inspired by film director Jørgen Leth, who made an iconic scene with Andy Warhol. Here they meet on stage to talk about the stunning parallels.
“The studio is the sponge and the outside world is the water … The sponge is dipped into reality and then squeezed out.” Daniel Richter, one of the most important painters of his generation, talks about the transformative power of painting.
One of the biggest political and social issues of our time is the refugee crisis. Meet Vietnamese-American artist Tiffany Chung who uses questions of migration, conflict and cultural memory as the raw material for her art.
"One tends to think of oneself as being somewhat more functional and dynamic than one actually is.” Join the incomparable David Shrigley for a thorough and humorous talk about making art that some people think is absolute rubbish.
"You have to find the traces of fear and silence that are visible, whether it's in the furrow of someone's brow or in the water as it flows down an aging torso." Joshua Oppenheimer talks about the making of his Oscar-nominated documentaries.
“I just don’t believe in the word ‘virtual’,” says artist Cécile B. Evans and argues that in today’s society, where drones are used for warfare and romantic relationships begin online we can no longer distinguish between the so-called real and the virtual.
Every five years, artist Ragnar Kjartansson asks his mother to spit on him for several minutes in front of a camera. The Icelandic mother and son here discuss the fascinating performance, which Kjartansson argues has become “like a part of our family life.”
”One can always write ones biography in the terms of the failures which have saved you.” Meet South African artist William Kentridge in this extensive and humorous reflection upon life and his relationship with art.
“My vote is for incoherence.” We brought together two young artists, who have taken the art world by storm. Experience Alex Da Corte and Ed Atkins in this video where they talk about each other’s video works and their contexts.
Watch Joshua Oppenheimer – the director behind award-winning documentaries such as ‘The Act of Killing’ and ‘The Look of Silence’ – comment on non-fiction’s power to intervene by presenting a different story than the official one.
Performance and visual artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji here shares her intense experience with the four-hour performance ‘Beauty’, where she and a group of other women have their hair braided together in a public space in Lagos, Nigeria.
“To reflect the present in a new way is to me one of the goals of creating things.” The iconic artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken here discusses the unique and valuable time we’re living in now, which forces us to innovate how we work – and survive.
“I never liked to be called a Los Angeles artist.” Meet conceptual artist John Baldessari, who many describe as a cultural symbol and the grandmaster of the Los Angeles art scene. “My perception of the city is very ugly. But that’s attractive too. It’s very seductive.”
“The written word is about engaging the viewer.” Let us introduce you to the cool Saudi Arabian artist Manal Al Dowayan, who here shares why she has chosen to integrate words into her art – and why they are so powerful.
Listen to the story of how Laurie Anderson became the iconic multimedia artist she is today, why she prefers to keep things simple, and how she began telling stories as a child – and never stopped: “I try to make stories that really engage my mind.”
“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.
“Dear Senator Kennedy. I really admire the way you’re running your campaign. I’m running for president of my student council, can you send me some tips?” Find out what the soon-to-be president John F. Kennedy replied to a young Laurie Anderson’s letter.
In this interview featuring extracts from Doug Aitken’s visually stunning videos, the American multimedia artist offers insight into his captivating work and how he learns from “watching things become a car crash in slow motion.”
“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.
Award-winning film director Margarethe von Trotta – who has worked closely with the legendary directors Fassbinder and Schlöndorff – here shares the story of her winding road to becoming one of the leading contemporary German filmmakers.
“The painting moves me forward – and I follow.” Meet Swedish Anna Bjerger, who wants to preserve the excitement of painting, and who paints from photographs, feeling that she can somehow rescue images “that would otherwise disappear.”
An absorbing installation of mirrors and soft polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. Join artists Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Astrid Svangren and Alexander Tovborg as they explore what Kusama herself describes as “a sublime, miraculous field of phalluses.”
“You’re on the right track if you’re excited about what you’re doing.” David Shrigley, known for his humorous spin on common situations, here advises his colleagues to be open to learning from mistakes and stresses that being an artist “isn’t for everybody.”
Join us for a visit in A K Dolven’s studio in London, where we talked to the Norwegian artist about her inspirations and a selection of her diverse artwork: “Art is not about the painting itself. It’s about the world outside the painting.”
Joan Jonas is considered a pioneer of video and performance art. The legendary American artist here offers insight into the creation and themes – such as feminism and environmental changes – of a selection of her intriguing video installations.
“Where am I in this story?” Watch artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Adichie discuss how black people are (mis-)represented in today’s society and culture.
“I’ll tell you what I did feel when I was a younger man: I felt kind of sexy. It has something to do with the sensuality of painting.” British Michael Simpson invited us into his studio space, where he shared the story of his journey as a painter.
Meet one of the most important figures on Pakistan’s art scene today – Imran Qureshi. He here discusses his visually stunning artwork, which centres on the recurrent and universal theme of violence: “Violence is not a strange thing for anybody in the world.”
“All of a sudden we find the human in her because there’s a dog eared remote control manual on her bedside table.” American photographer Catherine Opie here shows and talks about her captivating series of photographs from Elizabeth Taylor’s home.
“I think that children, who are more innocent, are better at wearing their masks than us adults.” In this video the Cameroonian born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou discusses his fascinating work, including his photographic series ‘L’Ecole des Clowns’.
“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 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.”
Join us as we visit painter Anna Bjerger at her home in Sweden, where she talks about how she paints from old, anonymous photographs, and what that means for her as an artist: “You can’t fake it. You’ve got to have genuine feeling for this image.”
“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.
“The world is going to hell, but art is still worth making.” Hear about American artist Fred Tomaselli’s fascinating project, in which he manipulates The New York Times front pages by adding paint and collage onto editorial photographs.
Watch American multimedia artist Doug Aitken talk about his mesmerizing, glowing phone booth-piece ‘Twilight’ – a “living sculpture,” which creates “a synthesis between work and viewer.”
Photographer Nicolai Howalt here takes us through a selection of his spellbinding work, including photos of young boxers before and after their first match, abandoned car accidents and starry formations of ashes left behind after a cremation.
Danish artists Superflex confront the idea of Europe in their visually beautiful but disturbing and eye-opening film ‘Kwassa Kwassa’, which deals with the dangerous journey between two islands, one of them located in the outermost region of the EU.
Kosovar Albanian artist Sislej Xhafa is known for his powerful way of challenging the social and political reality. He here discusses one of his poignant installations, which consists of the belongings of drowned migrants found at the coast of Lampedusa.
“When I make a sculpture, I don’t want to control it intellectually. I want it to create its own intelligence.” Meet the artist behind a huge enigmatic and almost sci-fi like sculpture where a crystalizing werewolf functions like ‘a heart’.
What motivates a Danish artists' group to make a movie where one of the most famous American fast food restaurants is inexplicably flooded? Superflex here comment on the content of their “post-apocalyptic movie” ‘Flooded McDonald’s’.
Join us on an aesthetically invigorating tour through an old 4,320 square metre water reservoir, which was turned into a stirring installation of light, water and music. Meet the unconventional artist behind it, Ingvar Cronhammar.
In a time where consumerism only seems to be growing, it is inspiring to observe these six artists – such as Tara Donovan and Piet Hein Eek – who have made discarded, everyday materials the centre of their work. Watch their approach to re-using materials.
Experience an unusual take on the sun in this video where artist Nicolai Howalt talks about his “anarchistic investigation” of light and the sun. An intriguing project inspired by the Danish Nobel Prize-winning physician Niels Finsen’s work with light radiation.
Late night reading. Photographing by the light of the moon. Finding a beautiful world at the dark bottom of a lake. The mystery of the night and of darkness attracts the eight artists featured in this video – and for very different reasons. Discover them here.
Follow us to one of the most fascinating yet endangered places on Earth. While politicians discuss climate change, we have asked seven artists about their relation to and work within the Arctic. Hear their stories ranging from divine silence to dark threats.
“You might as well be true to what you want to do and not turn art into another day job.” Watch Fred Tomaselli, a master of psychedelic artwork, advise artists to create their own art world instead of waiting for the established art scene to discover them.
“The hippie dream was coming to an end.” Watch American artist Fred Tomaselli – who adds elements such as pot and pills to his work – discuss the impact psychedelic drugs had on his art and how it reflects escapism while still commenting on reality.
Meet legendary playwright Dario Fo, who here tells the intriguing story of how he became a storyteller and how he revolutionized theatre by “destroying the fourth wall” – encouraging his audience not to be voyeurs but to participate.
Nobel Prize recipient Dario Fo is one of the most widely performed contemporary playwrights and a well-known social critic. The 89-year-old Italian here bluntly shares his opinion about today’s corrupted Italy and theatre’s crucial role in presenting the truth.
“I believe that everybody is a freak in a way. That’s what we have to accept.” Come along into the dark, uncanny – and yet humorous – world of Berlin-based artist Thomas Zipp. He here talks about letting go of ‘normality’ and the inherent potential of art.
Cecily Brown is considered a central figure in the resurgence of painting at the turn of the century. We met the 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.
Swiss artist Not Vital is an intriguing example of how the gap between art and architecture is narrowing. The artist, who is renowned for his unorthodox architectural structures around the world, here describes how his projects derive from moments in his own life.
Mania Akbari has made films that have upset the religious establishment in Iran, and as a result she lives in exile. But this has not prevented her from continuing to make her controversial films. Watch her talk about being a filmmaker in this extensive interview.
Art begins with ‘a blank sheet’, but how do artists deal with it? Meet John Armleder, one of the most influential Swiss artists of his generation, who here discusses the connotations of the blank sheet and compares the process of making art to dancing.
Watch as the award-winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín shares his thoughts on Giacometti’s iconic ‘Homme qui marche’. A timeless and inspirational sculpture, which has been interpreted as a wish to come to terms with the Second World War.
“There’s nothing about an art space that says you’re not included.” Meet the praised American artist Yvette Brackman, whose captivating artwork echoes her somewhat split upbringing as the all-American child of Russian Jewish dissidents.
“80 per cent of artists are dealing with mother issues.” In this personal interview the internationally praised German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann muses on the magnetic power of women, and shares how he has used art as both escape and therapy.
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.”
Welcome to the magical, polka-dotted, pumpkin-filled world of the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who uses her art to fight for love and peace. We had the pleasure of meeting the 86-year-old Kusama in her colourful Tokyo-studio.
“Pronouns© have severe side effects.” Watch one of Denmark’s most thrilling poets, Morten Søndergaard, discuss his fascinating and humorous project ‘Wordpharmacy’, which takes grammar to a new level by combining it with medicine.
Find out how a picture of a swamp became significant for the acclaimed Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas. She here discusses a selection of her work, and argues that finding the images that inspire is a matter of following your subconsciousness.
Watch the artist duo with a flair for the bizarre, Jake and Dinos Chapman, on moulding set symbols into something quite surprising, how Ronald McDonald ended up becoming a pariah, and why they prefer to offend rather than create taste.
Meet internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Ryan Gander, who in this interview explains why the honesty of children is his biggest source of inspiration: “It’s almost like a child is a microcosm of the perfect spectator-spectacle relationship.”
We had the unique pleasure of meeting the great avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who never goes anywhere without his camera. Mekas here shares his fascinating personal story and shows us around his workspace in Brooklyn, New York.
The godfather of American avant-garde cinema, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas, 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.”
Meet Mania Akbari, who is considered one of the most controversial filmmakers in Iran due to the themes she deals with, such as infidelity and homosexuality. Here she reflects on how something poetic can be found in even the fiercest dictatorship.
Distinguished Danish artist Erik A. Frandsen here shares how the trance-like experience of a 35 days and 1,050-kilometre long walk was transferred into a stunning exhibition of multi-coloured mosaic columns and beautiful watercolour sketches.
“That was my second reason to start following a pig.” Christien Meindertsma, a young star of Dutch design, here discusses some of her unique socially conscious projects such as a book charting products made from a pig and making sweaters with a personal story.
Danish artist Joachim Koester discusses his acclaimed black-and-white film from 2009, which wordlessly investigates the legendary American author Carlos Castaneda’s idea that a certain set of exercises can help us “navigate the dark sea of awareness.”
Through his intriguing and poignant pictures, Congolese artist and photographer Sammy Baloji confronts the Western portrayal of his country by linking old photographs from Belgian colonial times with contemporary ones. The result is captivating.
Does increased security make you feel safer? Cool Dutch designer and artist Christien Meindertsma investigates this issue in her compelling art book ’Checked Baggage’, which comprises a week’s worth of objects confiscated in Schiphol Airport after 9/11.
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 advises younger colleagues not to make art unless they have to.
A cascade of voices belonging to people who have been declared physically dead, but lived to tell the story, comes together in a ghostlike installation of 104 screens. Experience the intriguing art installation by the influential American artist Susan Hiller.
“Art was like sex.” Alex Da Corte is a rising star on the international art scene – his artistic expression a mixture of pop art and a strong personal story. We spent a day with him in his neighborhood in Philadelphia to talk about his creative journey.
German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann advises young artists to always follow the path they themselves feel is the right one – however strange or fruitless it seems: “Chasing after false idols or role models is always a dead end.”
Death threats from neo-Nazis was just one of the many extreme responses to the English artist duo Jake and Dinos Chapman’s controversial and much debated exhibition of modified watercolours by Hitler. Hear their thoughts on the divisive project.
Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu, whom we met in her Brooklyn studio, here discusses her powerful animated short film ‘The End of eating Everything’ – a strong comment on how we disrespect the earth in our contemporary culture.
An enjoyable and philosophical conversation between the pioneering Canadian photographer Jeff Wall and Belgian Wall expert Thierry de Duve about how Wall works with people, places and variations of beauty.
Discover what inspires and motivates one of the modern masters of photography, Canadian Jeff Wall, who here discusses a selection of his impressive photographs and their often meticulous compositions.
A ginormous 30 feet high spider would scare the life out of most of us. In this video three artists share their diverse feelings towards the spider sculpture made by French artist Louise Bourgeois – as a tribute to her mother.
In her grand art endeavor ‘Diving Through Europe’, Berlin-based Klara Hobza investigates the boundaries of what is conceivable by diving the European rivers, stretching from the North Sea to the Black Sea in the course of 20-30 years.
Take a look behind Greek artist Jannis Kounellis’ raw and powerful work: “There’s no distance between me and the dialogue established years ago, which sees man as the centre. That’s what compels me to create art all the time, every day.”
Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu uses her colourful artwork to confront the missing attention to black women within society: “It’s kind of an ironic thing that I’m producing that image out of the very lack of it.”
We met Danish photographer Per Bak Jensen for a talk about desirable ‘hidden things’, and how photographing the world helps him understand it – and himself: “I can’t describe it in words. So instead I’ve chosen to photograph it.”
‘Have you ever been declared judicially incompetent?’ Turkish artist Meriç Algün Ringborg uses her own surreal experience as an immigrant in her challenging art, which confronts the bureaucracy of immigration.
“For me to get involved with a new picture, it has to suggest a sense of impossibility at the outset.” Danish photographer, Thomas Bangsted, discloses how photographic obstacles is his great source of inspiration.
Danish photographer Thomas Bangsted spends months, even years, completing a single picture, creating what he describes as ‘photographic puzzles’. Come along as we follow him on a quest for the ideal setting.
A goddess, a Marlene Dietrich character, a veiled woman. Meet performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, who addresses dilemmas of modern life through disguises.
“Personally I think the icon of the Statue of Liberty has been raped enough, too many people have been claiming whatever stupidity on what freedom might or might not be,” says artist Danh Vo in this interview about his sculptural piece, ‘We the People’.
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”.
“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.
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’.
It was when he lived in hectic New York, that Dutch filmmaker, video artist and sports aficionado, Guido van der Werve, became acutely aware of his artistic need to seek out simplicity - and to be bored.
Does copying other prominent artists such as Jackson Pollock really make you an artist? Find out in our interview with American painter Robert Longo, who calls himself an image thief.
“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.
Like lava from a volcano, Olafur Eliasson’s fascinating installation ‘Riverbed’ runs through the Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The highly praised artist here shares his intriguing thoughts behind the installation.
“I am trying to take the sense of speed out of the visual world of looking.” Interview with renowned British artist, Ian McKeever.
“The world was such a better world in paintings than in reality.” Through paintings German filmmaker Wim Wenders discovered the possibility of a different world, and this would later come to define him as a filmmaker and photographer.
“Do what nobody else can do except for you.” Such is the unflagging advice from German filmmaker Wim Wenders, who in this video gives us his take on how to become a successful artist.
Richard Serra is one of the world's most significant sculptors. In this video Serra presents one piece and reveals how he approaches an assignment in order to create the extraordinary experience for the viewer, which is his trademark.
When British artist Keith Tyson was 13 years old he took apart his computer and “it was a complete mystery how it worked.” Even though he understood programming, the interconnectedness of everything was like a labyrinth.
”To understand a coffee cup, you would have to understand the entire universe.” Meet British artist Keith Tyson, who here explains the interconnectedness of existence through a coffee cup.
"The artist offers visions. He imagines things. It's about how the experience of the world is feeding the language and how this language becomes part of the world." Interview with Albanian video-artist Adrian Paci about his work and how he views the world.
”Sometimes I wonder if mankind is the happiest when it kills. Whether we are some sort of castrated mankind that has learned to tame itself in order to be able to live together.” Meet Danish sculptor Jørgen Haugen Sørensen for a conversation about art, society and the beast within us.
Ever wondered what 180 tons of Icelandic rocks would look like, filling up a museum of modern art? Follow the acclaimed writers Sjón, James McBride and Daniel Kehlmann, as they take a tour through 'Riverbed', created by Olafur Eliasson.
"There is a desperation in all certainty. The category of political uncertainty, philosophical uncertainty, uncertainty of images is much closer to how the world is," says South African artist William Kentridge in this video presenting his work.
"We were really running wild and we spent a lot of time shutting the world out." American artist Dan Colen looks back upon his collaboration with fellow artists Ryan McGinley and Dash Snow at a time when they were "destroying rooms" while thinking "we are not hurting anything."
Come take a walk in the forest with Scottish artist Katie Paterson, who tells us about her artwork Future Library. And meets world famous writer Margaret Atwood, who will write this future library's first story, not to be published for 100 years.
The landscape of the night is like a Jackson Pollock painting - you know it's a Pollock straight away. You can read every mark within miliseconds, you feel the void, there is this calmness, that comes upon you. Interview with British artist Darren Almond about his series of full moon pictures.
Emil Nolde was a Nazi - and so what, asks contemporary German artist Daniel Richter. "It's a moralistic debate. A debate, that mirrors the moralism and bigottery of a generation that seems to think, that the world is a moral playground."
”A sculpture is constantly growing and dying at the same time. It is a parallel process of construction and deconstruction.” Meet contemporary artist Sarah Sze in her New York studio.
Let acclaimed film director Jørgen Leth take you through the iconic scene with Andy Warhol eating a hamburger from his film '66 Scenes from America'.
We realize how the world looks through models, says German artist Thomas Demand in this interview. And we live with models all the time - in science, media, even the weather-forecast is a model. Without models, we would go mad within seconds.
"Artists have to be like victims on the stakes, sending signals through the flames". Follow the burning signals of Asger Jorn and Jackson Pollock through the eyes of Danish poet, Peter Laugesen.
"Nothing is ever beautiful without some disturbance or violence. That is why the melancholy of my works is so familiar to people." Interview with the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat.
British artist David Hockney talks about the hidden role of photography in art history and the problem of preserving human knowledge in the digital age.
"All our lives are about constantly losing. The moment is always disappearing, like sand between our fingers. So what is it, we are actually left with?," asks British sculptor Phyllida Barlow.
In the Museum of Nothing, the presence of absence is on display. And doubt is introduced into history. Because the visitors are asked to fill the voids and gaps of the collection with their own stories, benandsebastian argue.
In depth portrait of Argentinian video artist Sebastian Diaz Morales who grew up in wild Patagonia where the wind blows 150 km/h. It was the experience of a stranded whale which made Diaz Morales aware of the language of video art.
Come away with us on a magic walk through amazing rooms of Buenos Aires. Argentinian video artist Sebastian Diaz Morales has a man walk through a building that both exists and doesn't exist, in his Jorge Louis Borges inspired video 'Pasajes'.
Award winning architect Lene Tranberg takes us to the heart of Copenhagen, Stræderne. Funnily, it is here - in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the Danish capital - that her idea of modern architecture was formed.
”The most intact world is the world of art. Nothing is better or more interesting to me than paintings.” Renowned German artist Georg Baselitz looks back on his life, his roots and inspirations, and considers where he is at today.
Meet the legendary painter Georg Baselitz in this short interview about his idol Edvard Munch and their mutual interest in psychological mutilation: ”There is a method of drawing through which one recognizes that something isn't right.”
Can an artist do the 'heil'-salute like the Nazis did during WW2? Artist Jonathan Meese was taken to court in Germany and won the trial. Here the artist explains why it is important to empty symbols of their meaning when fighting political ideology.
There is something going on, something disturbing, and we don’t know what it is. Meet the Dutch video artist Aernout Mik, who often works without sound: "I think the image is sharper, much sharper, without it."
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.
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.”
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.
German artist & enfant terrible Jonathan Meese is interviewed with the most important person in the world – his 84 year old mother, Brigitte Meese. The two have worked together for 44 years, if you include the years before he became an artist.
"Graffiti is like flowers. They are beautiful, but they don't live long." An interview with Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab about the role of art during the Arab spring: "You cannot resist ideas. They can travel into any mind."
“To me ceramics are almost like an extension of the body.” Anders Ruhwald is among the most noted of a new generation of ceramic artists. In this video he talks about his most significant exhibition to date, 'You in between'.
Growing up an outsider in a rural area of Denmark, do you put on a show, or do you hide yourself? Performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen tells the story of her life and art, challenging cultural values and transforming pain into new energy.
Find out why this renowned artist destroys his own paintings if they are too beautiful. Watch the acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby on building art upon the ruins of your ideas.
Travel into the deep blue while watching this short video of the meditative performance by the young artist Tove Storch, where thirty-six people turn twenty pages of books containing twenty nuances of blue.
6 acclaimed artists reveal a decisive moment in their life – a strong personal experience which became crucial in their development, and in shaping their work as artists.
“I don't feel great, I don't feel famous, and I don't really feel British. I'm a mongrel who's just trying to make sense of being alive.” Legendary sculptor Antony Gormley shows us his studio, explaining how his art explores his place in the world.
“This is me. I use my own body. I use my body as a tool. As a surface. As an icon.” Meet the pioneering Scandinavian feminist, artist Kirsten Justesen, who uses her body to sculpt space.
"With this film I messed with other people's lives, mine included," says Romanian artist Mircea Nicolae in this interview about his work, which combines the history of Romania with his personal life story - mixing fact and fiction in order to "show how you feel when you live there for a while."
”I take the term 'contemporary art' literally. Art should always deal with the present” says Danish artist John Kørner about his luminous paintings, portraying us as "one big family, regardless of race and age.”
Was Bill Gates too shy to call Windows Gates? Something about language makes Swedish performance artist Olof Olsson uncomfortable. Find out why in this video about language, humor, small pigs and big discoveries.
"Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.
Swirling winds of diamond dust, rainbow refractions everywhere, deep sounds emanating from under the ice. Artists Darren Almond and Jacob Kirkegaard share their extraordinary experiences of the Arctic.
Meet the acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in this interview about his project ‘Genesis’ - a photographic homage to our planet in its natural state, dedicated to capturing the beauty of our planet and preserving it for the future.
Follow your intuition. Have courage. Do what you imagine. And always be completely present in the moment. Marina Abramović on what it really means to be an artist: "A great artist has to be ready to fail."
”Feel how the water goes into your mouth, goes into your body, into your cells.” Meet performance icon Marina Abramović in this exclusive video where she teaches you how to turn an everyday moment into an extraordinary experience.
"It was the moment when the Arctic was sleeping. But it will wake up again." Meet the young Siberian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva in this interview about her project "Tiksi", nostalgic postcards from the imagination of a young girl.
"My definition of beauty is something very simple, which can express something very complex." Meet the noted German artist Carsten Nicolai in this interview about his minimalist installation 'Snow Noise', which according to the artist is a bit like a poem.
"The meaning is me. That's it." Meet the energetic New York based artist Olaf Breuning in this interview about how he works from his gut when developing his grotesque visual language and humorous works.
Interview with the American artist Julie Mehretu about how her perspective is the result of a ”very important shift” in her life, which occurred when her family moved to the US from Ethiopia. Mehretu fuses forms in order to create an 'in-between place'.
In this video recorded at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Yoko Ono's legendary performance 'Sky Piece to Jesus Christ' is followed by the artist doing her 'Action Piece' painting, clearing the air in a scream and then introducing a 'Promise Piece'.
“Just like life, it makes no sense.” Interview with Dutch artist Marcel van Eeden, who plays with the cliché of film-noir by reproducing photographs with his hands, and likes how it is “completely useless.”
“A projection of inappropriate desire.” Photographer Leigh Ledare talks about his erotic photographs of his mother and him, as well as some of his other works on relationships between men and women - and their audience.
“It was a very smooth collaboration. His fantasy took place inside my work.” Artist Tony Oursler talks about his David Bowie music video 'Where Are We Now', which was published on Bowie's 66th birthday.
“The incredible changes that you go through, is life. Life is complex, confusing. The sky is very permanent, not changing.” Interview with artist Yoko Ono about how life and art are connected in her work, which she sees as a means for simplifying things.
"There's something so sad about Scandinavia. It's this ideal part of the world, but it's just so black. It's so fucking sad. It's Sad-anavia you know. That's why I'm a big fan of it." Meet the vibrant Icelandic artist and melancolic jester - Ragnar Kjartansson.
"I really like how people contain their time, in their faces." Meet the American artist Elizabeth Peyton in this interview about her interest in the power of the individual in the middle of history, and her fascination with love, creativity and the face.
"If things are going too nice, you have to mess things up, trust your instincts." Meet the acclaimed British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster while they work on mutual self portrait, using a blindfold as a method.
"The story of a piece of marble - the story of a stone - taken off the mountain, rolled down, brought onto the boat and then transformed from nature into culture by human actions." Video artist Adrian Paci introduces his wondrous work 'The Column'.
"Art is a function to solve problems. That is what art has been doing since the stone ages." Artist Hans-Peter Feldmann talks to curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist about the similarities between cave paintings and the walls of contemporary men's toilets.
“Every painting is always two paintings: The one you see, and the one you remember.” Interview with the renowned writer Siri Hustvedt on her strong personal relationship with art and on how she sees image and text as very different experiences.
Have you ever stood by a river and stared into the black water? In this video acclaimed artist Roni Horn takes us down by the riverside, performing a powerful 40 minute monologue based on her associations with water, including tales of sex and murder.
”I’ve always preferred not to be anything.” American artist Roni Horn is interviewed by her fan, Indian artist Dayanita Singh. The two acclaimed artists share a love of book making, and of the unique way that photography merges reality and fiction.
One full moon night, a mysterious burglar broke into the home of renowned Indian photographer Dayanita Singh, and stole all the used film rolls from under her bed. This strange incident became the beginning of the project 'Dream Villa'.
American-Iranian artist Tala Madani has gained attention for her highly personal paintings depicting Middle Eastern men performing bizarre narrative rituals. In her art Madani reverses the traditional female object in painting, using laughter as energy.
Israeli artist Yael Bartana talks of the ghosts of history and of how you only realize the manipulation you have been through once you step outside the system: "The sense of community is so strong, that people will die for their nation," the artist says.
How creative are you with your iPad? Here's a chance to see the influential British artist David Hockney at work, as he uses his iPad to make a drawing of his surroundings in a museum cafe.
"I just happen to be an artist who uses the iPad, I'm not an iPad artist. It's just a medium. But I am aware of the revolutionary aspects of it, and it's implications." In this interview artist David Hockney explains what a medium such as the iPad means to him.
"Basically I always wanted to make art about my surroundings." Meet Danish artist Tal R in his studio for a talk about a series of paintings featuring his hometown Copenhagen in Denmark.
"Artists in Syria, they have a weapon - their creativity!" Meet three Syrian artists - Rami Farah, Golan Haji and Mohamad Omran - for a conversation about the role of culture in the uprising against the Syrian regime.
"I am drawn towards something lonely, quiet and empty." In this video Trine Søndergaard takes us on location in an abandoned house, tracing the life once lived there. Meet an artist, who defies today's constant bombardment of images - with pictures.
Aside from a magical visual side, Bill Violas videos are always accompanied by marvelous sound. In this interview Viola talks about the importance of sound in his work and how he is guided by a kind of 'undersound'.
"A million people were killed in 100 days under the criminal indifference of the world." In this interview artist Alfredo Jaar reminds us of the importance of images, and why they are not innocent.
A conversation about "self-burial" between artist Sophie Calle and a man without identity. In this video the two artists meet for the first time, to discuss an artistic idea which they have discovered that they share: arranging and attending your own funeral.
Interview with American artist Rosy Keyser about her painting 'Monterey' (2007), inspired by Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in June 1967.
"If a picture merely is beautiful, I cannot stand looking at it," says Danish photographer Astrid Kruse Jensen in this interview presenting her work: "We are never allowed to rest in the harmonious."
Film director Thomas Vinterberg talks about his inspiration from Ingmar Bergman, in particular one farting-scene in 'Fanny and Alexander' which has inspired him in his work, not least in his famous 'The Celebration'.
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.
Interview with German artist Thomas Demand about his work and method. Somewhere between sculpturing and photography, Demand's pictures open new perspectives on reality and how we experience it.
Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus tells the story behind some of the most important photos in her career, in which she uses her own naked body as a material.
The human body is the focus of the work by the acclaimed Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus, who uses herself as material. In this Louisiana Channel video she presents two video works describing the passing of time reflecting her own life situation.
In this video David Hockney meditates on the concept of seeing. On depicting spring, on Picasso's owl that thrills us, on Photoshop and on why magazine images today are so dull - and on the similarities between seat belts and bondage.
'A moment of poetry' Ai Weiwei calls this interview made through Skype by Olafur Eliasson. 'I cannot talk on the internet or talk to foreigners and that is why doing it in this way is so important', Ai Weiwei says.
We visited the Danish poet, writer and artist Morten Søkilde in his Copenhagen studio, where he talked about his fascination with the world of miniatures: "There is a figure so small that he can split a dust particle with his forehead."
In this video American artist Elliott Hundley demonstrates how construction material washed up on a beach, straight pins, skies of old landscape paintings, wrapping paper, chicken wire and custom jewelry can be combined into a fascinating work of art.
Live video performance by Jesper Just together with Dorit Chrysler playing theremin on stage at Louisiana, accompanying Just's projected video 'This Nameless Spectacle' creating an extraordinary audio-visual experience.
In this powerful interview Chinese artist Ai Weiwei talks about his art and his life and explains why he fights the Chinese system even though he is sometimes afraid: "I don't believe people who say they are not scared, even if you put them in prison."
Louisiana Channel joined when hundreds of friends attended British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor's studio recording of the 'Gangnam for Freedom'-video in support of Ai Weiwei.
The spectacular German artist Jonathan Meese here tells the incredible story of his childhood, how he invented his own language as a teenager, and how he discovered his artistic talent on his 22nd birthday.
Artist Simon Evans is known for his imaginative works where he uses old-fashioned scissors, paste and paper to describe modern life. Here he has set the task of creating an artwork based on a poster.
"No other object changes life as dramatically as a car." Interview with the acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, who has created an automobile that seems to come straight out of a comic strip.
“We don’t get inspired by each other, we steal from each other”. See what happens when you put two artists, who are also friends, together and get them to comment on each other’s paintings.
"Art has the power to say: This is totally alive, I saw it moving. And this is not a person - it's a stone! I like to go as a parasite and take the energy off the sculpture." Meet the dynamic Greek performance artist Yorgos Sapountzis.
“My sister once said to me she thought space was God. I thought that was rather poetic in a way.” Interview with David Hockney about his endeavour to capture Grand Canyon as a spatial experience in a painting.
Join us as we visit the acclaimed Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, who here presents his pictures and sculptures. To Rondinone, art has a shamanistic potential that he wants to use to revolutionize the viewer.
"It's about reliving an experience." Interview with the acclaimed Albanian-born video artist Anri Sala, who doesn’t trust language, and so increasingly uses music in his video art.
Meet the sensuous Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist, whose work full of colour and playfulness. She here argues that videos can have painterly qualities and tells the story of one of her most famous videos, where a woman smashes car windows with a flower.
"So much space is just not taken seriously." Interview with the pioneering Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist, who has formed the exhibition space into her own vision by using home video projections and creating new electronic forms.
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.
"I always think it's the only good work I ever did." Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist here tells the story of her first art video, which was made back in the mid-eighties - before MTV arrived on the scene.
In this interview, 74-year-old artist David Hockney defends smoking and talks about how important the joy of life is to your health and your creativity.
Impressions from Louisiana Channel which produces videos on the arts featuring the artists.
"The goal is clear - the goal is the dictatorship of art." German artist Jonathan Meese believes that art should rule the world, and that to play is the most radical thing you can do. We visited him at his studio in Berlin.
Things fall apart, but they are also reassembled and given new life, in an enlightened form. Meet the New York based artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison in this interview about his haunting experimental collage films 'Decasia' and 'Light is Calling'.