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Question 21: What are your thoughts on new technologies that have appeared in the field of visual arts? Do you use any of these in your own creative work?
As far as I’m concerned, technical progress is merely technical progress. When cinema was invented or photography, there were artists who latched on to these technologies and created absolutely magnificent works. New artists are often attracted to new technologies and will create with them, but this has nothing to do with art, art exists outside of these things. Technology just brings new materials to be used to generate a product, I mean an artistic product. But the new technologies are with us, they are part of life, a necessity, part of the evolution of individuals, and can be used or not by individuals. I’m not using them much, only because I’m too elderly to start over with the intellectual processes and skills required. I don’t have it in me to get into all this technology. I even have admiration for the works being done with technology but I’m using only part of it, just to the limits of my capacities, physically, intellectually, etc. Youth is now in the passing lane. It comes in with its new range of creative materials. There are absolutely incredible things that can be done, but I only use them within my abilities. I’m quite a traditional painter, who uses traditional materials even if a lot of people consider that some of them should not be used … Because I’m in contemporary art, as far as I’m concerned, they have become traditional materials, and can now be used legitimately.