John Arthur Peetz

  • Left: View of a crowd at Mount Tremper Arts. Right: Foofwa D’Imobilite, Pina Jackson in Mercemoriam, 2010. Performance View. Mount Tremper Arts, New York, 2010.
    interviews July 28, 2011

    Mathew Pokoik and Aynsley Vandenbroucke

    Founded by photographer Mathew Pokoik and choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Mount Tremper Arts is a cultural center in New York’s Catskill region that hosts performances, exhibitions, residencies, and hybrid food and art events. The 2011 summer festival runs until August 21.

    WE OFTEN SAY that Mount Tremper Arts is an antidote to the global art industry. It’s like summer camp for artists: from the intimate size of the space to the seven-week length of the festival, as well as the communal meals, the relaxed pace, the beautiful environment. We wanted to build a place where artists, like us,

  • Yael Bartana, Zamach (Assassination), 2011, still from a color film in RED transferred to HD, 35 minutes.
    interviews July 09, 2011

    Yael Bartana

    Yael Bartana is an Israeli-Dutch video artist based in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. Her recent work examines the quasi-fictional Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland and questions notions of cultural identity, nationalism, statehood, and Zionism. In the Polish Triology, 2007–11, she follows the evolution of such a movement in Poland from its beginnings, at a rally, through the construction of a kibbutz and finally the death of its leader. Bartana is a recent recipient of the Artes Mundi 4 in 2010 and is representing Poland in the Fifty-Fourth Venice Biennale in her exhibit “ . . . and Europe Will

  • Ryoji Ikeda, the transfinite, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view.
    interviews May 30, 2011

    Ryoji Ikeda

    Ryoji Ikeda is a Paris-based composer and sound artist. Ikeda’s musical work focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself, which he manipulates in live concerts, recordings, site-specific installations, and publications. His largest sound installation to date, the transinfinite, will be on view at the Park Avenue Armory until June 11.

    I HAVE MET MANY SCIENTISTS THROUGH MY WORK WITH NASA, and I am fascinated by the scales they work with, from molecules to the expanse of the universe. They are similar to artists in many ways, but they think beyond the conceptual. They can easily break

  • Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, We’re Gonna Die, 2011. Performance View. Future Wife.
    interviews April 20, 2011

    Young Jean Lee

    Young Jean Lee’s latest work, We’re Gonna Die, is being performed at Joe’s Pub in New York through April 30. Lee is a New York–based playwright and director who began the Obie-winning Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in 2003. She was recently awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.

    THIS IS ACTUALLY A SHOW ABOUT PAIN, and one major source of pain that we address is the fact that we’re all going to age and die. No matter how lucky you are in the world, that’s something everyone eventually faces.

    You could definitely see We’re Gonna Die as part two of Lear [2010]—but in some ways it’s also the total

  • Xavier Dolan, Heartbeats, 2011, stills from a color film, 95 minutes. Left: Marie (Monia Chokri). Right: Nicolas (Niels Schneider).
    interviews February 24, 2011

    Xavier Dolan

    Xavier Dolan is a celebrated twenty-one-year-old filmmaker from Montreal. His first work J’ai tué ma mére (How I Killed My Mother) won three awards at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His latest piece, Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats), opens at IFC Center in New York on February 25. Here, Dolan talks about obsession, love, and the impact of French modernism on his work.

    IF IT’S NOT OBSESSIVE, IT IS PROBABLY NOT LOVE. Passion and obsession are very similar. It’s just that we don’t have reciprocal feelings most of the time and so we tend to view obsession as one way. But when it’s reciprocal, it

  • The Wooster Group, Vieux Carré, 2010.  Performance views. Left: Scott Shepherd. Right: Ari Fliakos and Kate Valk.
    interviews February 09, 2011

    Elizabeth LeCompte

    Elizabeth LeCompte is a founding member of the Wooster Group, an experimental theater company based in New York. She has directed all of the pieces that the company has performed since its creation. The collective is currently in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and its latest work, Vieux Carré, runs February 2–March 13. Here, LeCompte talks about Tennessee Williams, the idea of the “tortured writer,” and Ryan Trecartin’s influence on the piece.

    I WAS STRUCK BY THE PLACES Tennessee Williams goes in his writing. There’s a sense in his work, especially in Vieux Carré, that he’s trying to

  • Sue  de Beer, The Ghost, 2009–2011, color video, 31 minutes 25 seconds.
    interviews February 03, 2011

    Sue de Beer

    Sue de Beer’s latest installation The Ghost is being presented in association with Art Production Fund at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The work features a two-channel video projection concerning an occult hypnotist who utilizes “material recollection” to attain lost time. The Ghost is on view February 3–6.

    ORIGINALLY I WANTED TO MAKE A GIALLO––a very classic version, with ghosts in it. During the course of the narrative development I began to undergo a series of hypnosis, and I also started going to a sensory deprivation tank in Berlin. So I began to wonder about intersections between the

  • View of Surround Me: A Song Cycle for the City of London, 2010. Left: Change Alley. Right: London Bridge. Photo: Rebecca Garland.
    interviews December 10, 2010

    Susan Philipsz

    Susan Philipsz is a Scottish sound-installation artist. She is the winner of the 2010 Turner Prize, and the first artist to win the award with an aural work. Her multisite sound installation Surround Me: A Song Cycle for the City of London, commissioned by Artangel, will play throughout the city of London until January 2.

    SOUND, ESPECIALLY AN UNACCOMPANIED VOICE, has its own associations and can really act as a trigger for memory. In my installations, I am looking in to how sound can define the architecture and how you can experience the space in a new way. When you are listening to music you

  • Right: Martha Friedman, Rubbers, 2008, cast rubber, dimensions variable. Left: Martha Friedman, Ladies Room, 2010, silicone rubber and fiberglass reinforced FGR, 9 x 1 1/2 x 1’. Production still.
    interviews September 10, 2010

    Martha Friedman

    The Brooklyn-based artist Martha Friedman often examines quotidian objects in her sculptures, manipulating the scale and material of waffles, rubber bands, and nails, for instance, to emphasize the surreal aspects of average and familiar items. This fall, Friedman’s work will be featured in two solo exhibitions: “RUB” opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit on September 10; “RUBBERS” is on view at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, from September 18, 2010 to January 9, 2011.

    I WAS BORN IN DETROIT. My mother was a doctor and my father was a molecular

  • Left: Mika Rottenberg, Mary Boone with Cube, 2010, digital C-print, 64 x 36". Right: Mika Rottenberg, Squeeze, 2010, still from single-channel color video, 20 minutes. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery.
    interviews July 20, 2010

    Mika Rottenberg

    New York–based video artist Mika Rottenberg is known for her large-scale installations and interest in labor as well as process. Her latest work, Squeeze, a twenty-minute video installation, combines documentary and fictional footage. The work is on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art until October 3 and will be exhibited at Mary Boone Gallery in conjunction with Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery from October 30 to December 18. In February 2011, it will be on view at De Appel in Amsterdam and Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm.

    SQUEEZE IS ABOUT CAPTURING energy and the way things are made. So much

  • Left: Cover of Barbara Hammer’s HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life (2010). Right: Barbara Hammer, Sync Touch, 1981, still from a black-and-white film in 16 mm, 12 minutes.
    interviews June 15, 2010

    Barbara Hammer

    Barbara Hammer is an experimental filmmaker whose groundbreaking work includes Dyketatics (1974) and Nitrate Kisses (1992). A retrospective of her films will play at MoMA from September 15 through October 11, with a Modern Monday presentation, on October 4, of her little-known work in performance, installation, and photography. Additionally, there are screenings at the museum of her films on June 19 and 23 for the series “Maya Deren and Her Legacy: Experimental Films by Women.” Her autobiography, HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, was recently published by The Feminist Press.


  • Still from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Phantoms of Nabua, 2009 color film, 10 minutes and 56 seconds. Photo by Chaisiri Jiwarangsan.
    interviews May 19, 2010

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an acclaimed Thai filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer whose films include Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) and Tropical Malady (2004). His latest video installation, Phantoms of Nabua, is on view at the BFI Gallery in London until July 3, and his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives recently won the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Here, he discusses both works as well as recent political unrest in Bangkok.

    PHANTOMS OF NABUA is a very different undertaking than my film at Cannes. The idea behind my large-scale project Primitive, of which