Obrist is a famed curator—one to look up to and be influenced and inspired by—both for his extraordinary ability to interview, but also generally for his breadth of knowledge and for being THE person to talk to about curating.
Here’s an excerpt from this great interview in Zero1 Magazine 07 edition, “Documented.”
A: How do you go about putting together group exhibits?
H: I think it’s very much inspired by John Cage. Cage said that during a period of time he doesn’t just make music, but he also writes texts, he makes etchings, and a whole list of other things, and he does them in a different way so it’s not a linear situation, and I think with me it’s also overlapping a lot of layers. I’m not just a curator of exhibitions, but I write texts, I make interviews, I do films, I organize panels, and symposiums, and conferences, and research, so it’s a lot of parallel realities. It’s very non linear and then within these overlapping layers all of a sudden things emerge. And mostly it starts with a conversation with an artist. If there is an umbilical cord, it’s because I’ve got a very strong proximity to artists and that’s how ideas pop out.
//Zero1Magazine is a great read all throughout—site a little slow to load but worth the wait.
Happy Friday friends!!