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Question 7: Did you develop a personal technique in the use of these media? If so, how would you describe it?
I’ve just finished a video project called Même un détour serait correct. It’s a project with 20 poem-videos on DVD. The project is 60 poetic texts, and I selected 20 to do 20 little one or two minute videos, and also a sound project where I read the entire text aloud. The last few months, this project has been my focus. It’s a grant that I got from the Arts Council, a grant for spoken word in the literary arts section. After having worked like that on twenty videos, naturally there’s like a kind of technique in itself, anyhow for that project, maybe not for the whole of my work, but that particular project. I’ve developed processes over the past few years. The projects that I do with Max involve data from the stock market so I have developed programs that will download this data. And now, I’ve put that aside and I use another program from a guy in Texas called the Quote Finder, and I was in contact with the programmer, Charles Hynes. I said, I like your program, but there are things that your program doesn’t do that I would like it to do, so he developed those aspects. It makes my life a lot easier in terms of programs that I do with Max, because I don’t have to go through a whole bunch of routines that were quite complicated. Because usually most of my projects change. If I was to paint and was just doing paintings, at a certain point some types of styles would certainly emerge. But whether it’s writing, video or interactive programs, I borrow a lot from others. If there are things that I see or at least in terms of programs, if there are parts of codes that I see work well, I’m going to borrow them, which is a common practice. With the new media there are a lot more exchanges at that level than with traditional arts, and I find that very interesting also.