A selection of interviews I’ve conducted with artists, researchers, philosophers and more.

Josh Cohen: Not Working

Josh Cohen: Not Working

“What I feel like we’re seeing so much of in the age of the internet and social media is the workification, monetization, or commodification of every aspect of the human being that could once be seen as outside of the grind of activity.”
—Josh Cohen (Riding the Dragon)
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Ruben Jacobs: Artists as Adventurers

Ruben Jacobs: Artists as Adventurers

“I saw, in all these different practices, some kind of artistic creature who uses science but also design and technology to re-investigate the relationship with the Earth.”
—Ruben Jacobs (Riding the Dragon)
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Max Pinckers: Outsourcing Creation to Machines

Max Pinckers: Outsourcing Creation to Machines

"A computer doesn’t emotionally interpret the picture. It sees a woman, it sees a child, and maybe it can recognise ‘grieving’ because it knows from all the other pictures that it’s supposed to be grieving, but it doesn’t feel anything."
—Max Pinckers (GUP Magazine)
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Katrin Koenning: Traveling the Limitless Mind

Katrin Koenning: Traveling the Limitless Mind

"It’s not my aim to make statements about the idea of distance, but rather to question it. Much of my work is personal and comes from a point of feeling. To me, practice is a means of sense-making, and of being-in-the-world."
—Katrin Koenning (GUP Magazine)
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Jessica Dimmock: Trying to Get Along in Your World

Jessica Dimmock: Trying to Get Along in Your World

"They’re in a lot of ways trapped not only in male bodies but in male identities. [...]They did a really good job of putting a masculine identity on themselves, because that’s what was dictated. At Esprit, they’re taking it off."
—Jessica Dimmock (GUP Magazine)
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Lauren Greenfield: The Influence of Affluence

Lauren Greenfield: The Influence of Affluence

"The effect of seeing affluent lifestyles on television has been proven to a) make people think more people have that kind of lifestyle than really do, so it’s a distorted view of what’s normal but b) it also stimulates desire for those things."
—Lauren Greenfield (John Adams Institute)
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Sage Sohier: Witness to Beauty

Sage Sohier: Witness to Beauty

"It’s easier not to be so beautiful, to be able to move through life a bit under the radar, and to be able to focus on what you feel really matters, rather than have to deal with the distraction of other people’s intense focus on your appearance."
—Sage Sohier (GUP Magazine)
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Lake Montgomery: Art Is a Deep Love of Humanity

Lake Montgomery: Art Is a Deep Love of Humanity

“It’s weird, though, because I’m not doing this for fame and glory. I don’t want to do it for myself, I want to be a vehicle. I want to be the vehicle through which speaks little whispers of God.”
—Lake Montgomery (Riding the Dragon)
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Lisa Johnston: There but for the Grace of God

Lisa Johnston: There but for the Grace of God

“Every sex worker wants to use a condom. Come on. It’s the clients. And if you’re in a desperate situation, you’re willing to take more money to not use a condom. These are vulnerable populations.”
—Lisa Johnston (Riding the Dragon)
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Elizabeth Heyert: The Bound

Elizabeth Heyert: The Bound

"Somebody wants the experience of completely giving up responsibility – in every way. [...] You give it up, and you can go to this place they call ‘subspace’, which is somewhere in your head apart from your body."
—Elizabeth Heyert (GUP Magazine)
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Mandy Smith: The Use of a Blank Piece of Paper

Mandy Smith: The Use of a Blank Piece of Paper

“I guess with any creative person, you’ve always got this bombardment of insecurity when you’re analyzing your own work. So there’s always some sort of insecurity with it, but that’s what pushes you to your next project because you’ve never really solved the use of the blank piece of paper.”
—Mandy Smith (TEDxAmsterdam)
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Coralie Vogelaar: Pattern Recognition

Coralie Vogelaar: Pattern Recognition

"When an image is duplicated a lot, then we recognize it as an archetype, so then we duplicate it a lot. And then because it’s duplicated a lot, it’s being viewed a lot, and this has an influence in our brain."
—Coralie Vogelaar (GUP Magazine)
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Jay McInerney: Brightness in a Marriage

Jay McInerney: Brightness in a Marriage

“We all have to deal with the deepest and most difficult questions in life – no matter how nice our wardrobe is, or no matter how good our education is, or no matter how packed our social schedule is.”
—Jay McInerney (John Adams Institute)
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Pierre Liebaert: Kissing Madness

Pierre Liebaert: Kissing Madness

“It’s sad to see people whose lives think for them, instead of the inverse. We have to think our life, we have to build it, we have to sculpt life. And time. We have to do something interesting with time.”
—Pierre Liebaert (GUP Magazine)
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Alain de Botton: Art as Therapy

Alain de Botton: Art as Therapy

“Why should art always be so silent, always be so meek in its desire to change the world…? I think it’s a disaster to leave it so that the only people trying to change existence are large corporations and bigoted polemical groups."
—Alain de Botton (TEDxAmsterdam)
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An extended list of my published interviews, sorted A-Z by surname