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Question 5: How has your artistic practice or approach developed over the years?


In 1986, I did Cube Aleph that was based on a story by the writer Borges, a short story called The Aleph, and it really made a pretty big impression on me. At one point, he gave a list of what he saw and he said, Ok I see a paper bag in the street in Sao Paulo, I see cancer in the lung of a woman in Paris, and then it’s a series of images, but like our human experience we can’t see everything all the time, it’s impossible. The Aleph was about seeing everywhere all the time like in another dimension. Cube Aleph was 27 modules and it was about trying to represent that experience. That always attracted me in terms of multimedia, where there were all kinds of things going on: writing, kinetic pieces that moved with motors, there were projections, soundtracks. I told myself, Ok that is something I’m interested in, integrating different shapes and saying something with these shapes. It’s something that has always been really persistent in my approach, to use all kinds of different mediums and to amalgamate them. Now, with new technologies, it’s become much easier and fluid, and the possibilities with programs like Max are really endless. There are really no limits to… limits in terms of ethics but in terms of somebody having an idea, Can I do this and this? almost anything is possible in terms of the technical aspect, esthetics. Ethical creations are another discussion. So I like to use all kinds of different things, but still the poetic experience, writing, remains the driving force behind all my projects really. So it can all come back to just that one experience.