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TRANSCRIPT:

Mark: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Here we are, watching the artist’s studio. Waiting for the artist to appear - we can use that time to introduce our guest, Mr. Q. Hello Q.

Q: Hello Mark, good to be here again.

Mark: Welcome. Now, based on our experience with earlier performances of this author, there is not much that we anticipate here?

Q: Right. I am sure we’ll see another act, another session without visible meaning and artistic structure, just visually attractive maybe.

Mark: Save it Q, the artist has appeared. Let’s see what is going on here.



Mark: ...When you say visually attractive, do you mean that these performances, if we may call them that, or let’s just say acts, rely very much on pure aesthetics?

Q: Well, it should be easy to make such a conclusion in case of someone else, because most of the artists are very focused in their work. They are narrowing their field of interest, creating personal poetics, artistic strategies, no matter what kind of art they are dealing with. This artist just seems to be unable to define himself in the field of art practices. As if he does not understand these things. You see, if this is a purely aesthetic act, then there is no logic in making this reference to the aesthetics of the 70’s – I wouldn’t bet on aesthetic values of art from that period. (Sarcastic laugh)

Mark: You are telling us that it is not so easy to categorize this artist?

Q: Yes, but it is not hard to categorize only his entire artwork – you have the same problem even when faced with an isolated piece. Somehow it’s not consistent in any way.

Mark: Is that important? To be consistent?

Q: Certainly! That is the way to catch an artist’s frame of work, of interest, it is what makes him visible.

Mark: But could there be artists who find that to be a… limitation? To be caught in self-created system of signs, topics, problems?

Q: It’s the way to distinguish oneself in the ocean of artists.

Mark: You think that is the most important thing? Making a difference between oneself and others?

Q: Listen…he plays the game here - …

Mark: Obviously.

Q: What is the point of playing this game? Is he doing it just because he finds it photogenic - this situation, and he believes that the rest of it will come through the fact that we see it in a gallery, that we consider him an artist? What if he is just betting on our prejudices when we enter the gallery space and then gives us nothing?

Mark: I should warn you that claiming that something is not art – isn’t very popular.