Jonathan Meese

Jonathan Meese

In Art You Have to Go Too Far

"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.

"I hate these art students nowadays, who only want small things." For art to rule the world, everybody must avoid being "instrumentalized" and do what he or she does with total passion - no less. In art, Meese feels, you can never go to far: "If you're not willing to go too far, then you should stop." Art is all about playing and never ceasing to play: "This is what I have to do till I die."

Jonathan Meese (b. 1970) is a German artist who works with paintings, sculptures, installations and performances. His works, which are often multi-media, include collages, drawings and writing. Meese's work is exhibited at prominent venues such as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Saatchi Gallery in London and Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Moreover, he designs theatre sets and wrote as well as starred in the play 'De Frau: Dr. Poundaddylein - Dr. Ezodysseusszeusuzur' in 2007. Meese is based in Berlin and Hamburg.

For more about Jonathan Meese see: http://www.jonathanmeese.com/

Jonathan Meese was interviewed by Christian Lund in Meese's studio in Berlin in March 2011.

Camera: Marie Forchhammer
Edited by: Martin Kogi
Produced by: Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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