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A brush with... Philippe Parreno

Season 6, Ep. 1

Philippe Parreno talks to Ben Luke in depth about his cultural experiences and influences. A master of exhibition-making, Parreno was born in 1964 in Oran, Algeria, but grew up Grenoble in France. Ever since he emerged in the 1990s, he has used the spaces he shows in and the immediate environment around them as an active presence in his work. Architectural elements in the gallery might be animated at certain moments, lighting might flicker according to scores we don’t see, screens might descend to show examples of Philippe’s diverse video works, at unexpected times. Often these actions are triggered by hidden environmental forces that Philippe harnesses as data to orchestrate his shows. He talks about his close network of collaborators, the group shows they put on early in their careers, his interest in science fiction, his new work about Francisco de Goya's Black Paintings, his aim to make a film about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from the monster's point of view, and the unlikely experience of getting Angus Young from AC/DC to contribute to one of his works. Plus, he responds to the ultimate questions we ask on each podcast: if he could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And, what is art for? This episode is sponsored by Bloomberg Connects.

Links for this episode:

Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias

Danny/No More Reality at LUMA Arles

Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, artist and author 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, artist, at Esther Schipper

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy

Pier Paolo Pasolini biography on BFI website

Daniel Buren, artist

Peter Plagens on Michael Asher in Artforum in 1972 

Goya's Black Paintings in the Museo del Prado

Schatten/Le Montreur d'Ombres/Warning Shadows at IMDb

Fiona Sampson on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200

The Year Without a Summer on the In Our Time podcast

Adam Thirlwell at Granta, and his book Conversation: A Script with Philippe Parreno

Pierre Huygh, artist, at Marian Goodman Gallery

Danny the Street at DC Comics

Nathalie Heinich on Les Immatériaux, exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 in Tate Papers

Author Kenric MacDowell’s Pharmako-AI

Philippe Parreno’s Federico, initially made for the Lorca’s family home, the Huerta de San Vicente in Granada

Neal Stephenson, author

Marko Nikodijević, composer, at sikorski.de

Angus Young on Spotify

Dmitri Shostakovich, Fugue no24 in D Minor

Robert Filliou, artist, at Peter Freeman, Inc

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A brush with... Thomas J Price

Season 6, Ep. 4
Thomas J Price talks to Ben Luke about the art, books and music that have influenced him and continue to inspire them today, and the cultural epiphanies that have defined his life and work. For two decades, Price has been making work about a subject that has now become a major cultural issue across the world: how power is transmitted through statuary and public sculpture and how diverse people in society are represented, or mostly not represented, in our streets and squares. Price was born in London in 1981, and studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, and his works ask questions of the nature and history of his medium and of the perceptions and biases of the viewer. He talks about his early shift away from performance art, his long journey into the history of classical statuary, his passion for Alberto Giacometti and Giorgio Morandi, his early love of opera and his conflicted engagement with the British Museum. Plus, he ponders the questions we ask all our guests, about his studio rituals and the one work of art he’d choose to live with, and answers the ultimate one: what is art for? This episode is sponsored byBloomberg Connects.Thomas J Price: Thoughts Unseen, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK, until 3 January 2022. Witness, for the Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem series, Marcus Garvey Park, New York, until 1 October 2022. Reaching Out has just been permanently installed at the Donum Estate, Sonoma, California. Price’s work for the Hackney Windrush Art Commission, will be unveiled in June 2022.