Kenneth Goldsmith Interview: Please Do Not Touch

We asked Kenneth Goldsmith – a conceptual poet who believes that art and poetry can be found everywhere – to talk about a celebrated sculpture by Giacometti. Here is how he answered.

“The piece is almost a Monet of geometry,” says Goldsmith of the ‘Please do not touch’ sign placed at the foot of Giacometti’s sculpture ‘Homme qui marche’. The sign has the poet’s full attention and, with great enthusiasm, he describes all its details: “Even though it’s monochromatic, there’s a world of colour here.”

Kenneth Goldsmith (b. 1961) is an American conceptual poet. He has published numerous books including ‘Fidget’ (2000), ‘Soliloquy’ (2001), ‘Day’ (2003), a New York-trilogy consisting of ‘The Weather’ (2005), ‘Traffic’ (2007) and ‘Sports’ (2008) as well as ‘Seven American Deaths and Disasters’ (2013). Goldsmith also teaches uncreative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where one of his classes in 2015 was the much debated ‘Wasting time on the internet’. Moreover, he is the founding editor of UbuWeb. In 2013, Goldsmith was appointed a MoMA poet laureate.

Kenneth Goldsmith was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2015. In the video, Goldsmith talks about the ‘Please do not touch’ sign placed at the foot of the cast bronze sculpture ‘Homme qui marche’ (Walking Man) (1960) by Italian Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s collection.

Camera: Klaus Elmer
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018

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