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Peter Høeg Interview: We Swim in Language

”The answers are inside us.” We went to visit Danish author Peter Høeg, whose novel ‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow’ escalated him to global literary fame in the 1990’ies. “We live in an extremely outgoing and extrovert culture. It constantly presents us with experts and quick fixes. We are constantly pulled out of ourselves. And […]

Susan Philipsz Interview: Song As Trigger of Memory

“All of a sudden you are engaged in your environment.” Meet award-winning artist Susan Philipsz who uses her voice and the sculptural elements of sound and song to create a sense of intimacy in public spaces – varying from a train station in Helsinki to bridges in Glasgow. Susan Philipsz often uses her own singing […]

Becoming Paul McCarthy: Yes, It’s About America (Part 3 of 3)

“Yes, it’s about America. It’s about America at this moment… But it’s also about the condition of the world.” We went to Los Angeles and visited Paul McCarthy, one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists, known for his wide-ranging and often disturbing oeuvre. In this video, which is the third part of […]

Becoming Paul McCarthy: So Much Is About Discovery (Part 2 of 3)

“It’s not a world around the art world. It’s a world around artists.” We went to Los Angeles and visited Paul McCarthy, one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists, known for his wide-ranging and often disturbing oeuvre. In this video, which is the second part of our series of three videos with […]

Becoming Paul McCarthy: It’s About Video (Part 1 of 3)

“At one point I really realized it’s about video.” We went to Los Angeles and visited Paul McCarthy, one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists, known for his wide-ranging and often disturbing oeuvre. In this video, which is the first part of our series of three videos with McCarthy, he talks about […]

Anna Heringer Interview: The Walls Are Dancing

“It is much more than just a building. It’s a social space. It really has an impact on the society, on the community”, says German architect Anna Heringer about her recently finished Anandaloy-center in Bangladesh. “With this building everything comes together.” The Anandaloy Building hosts a center for people with disabilities combined with a small […]

Domenico Starnone Interview: Books Must Hurt Us

“Books should have their own kernel of pleasure even when they’re terrifying and narrate terrifying things,” says the prizewinning Italian writer Domenico Starnone, who is considered one of Italy’s most distinguished authors. Find out what he means in this short video. In the interview on stage, Starnone talks about the exhaustion of writing: “Writing is […]

Kim Hyesoon Interview: Autobiography of Death

“Like a shaman dealing with death, I hoped to encounter death itself through some kind of shock waves…” Meet one of the most prominent voices of South Korean literature, award-winning poet Kim Hyesoon. In this video, Hyesoon reads and talks about her powerful book of poetry, ‘Autobiography of Death’. In 2014, the Korean ferry, Sewol, […]

Anupama Kundoo Interview: For Whom Are We Building

“If the architect is not social, then it’s not an architect.” In this short video the renowned Indian architect Anupama Kundoo underlines the close and necessary connection between her profession and the surrounding society. It is people that inhabit what we build, she states. “If you don’t think about human society, then you wouldn’t know […]

Álvaro Enrigue Interview: Advice to the Young

“Pursue it as if it were possible.” Mexican novelist Álvaro Enrigue – considered one of the most significant writers in contemporary Spanish-language literature – feels that his path to becoming a writer was “against the odds.” In this short video, he offers his advice for aspiring writers: “Pursue it as if it were possible.” Read […]

Mario Vargas Llosa Interview: Images vs Ideas

“We must be worried about what is happening in contemporary culture,” says Peruvian Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa (b.1936) in this short video addressing the media revolution. “If images replace ideas – represented by books in society – the powers of this world will very easy be able to manipulate society, even destroying institutions that […]

Ishiuchi Miyako Interview: Advice to the Young

“Advice is fine, but don’t listen to everything,” says the pioneering and award-winning Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. In this short video, she argues that the road to success for a photographer is about improving your cultural knowledge and “to do your best, and then you will see the result.” Miyako stresses that you have to […]