Tuesday, 5 November 2013
In 2012, I had a face-to-face interview with Hiroshi Sugimoto in Tokyo, Sugimoto is a well-known photographic artist. One of his pictures was even used for the most recent U2 album cover. The interview was for an article I was writing for his exhibition "From Naked to Clothed." The exhibition took place at his then new Tokyo atelier. Also present was his assistant/Tokyo representative and a young lady whom he introduced as his niece. This is the first 20 minutes of a 55 minute interview. Much of the conversation is unintelligible without visual references, which I will someday add.
Monday, 4 November 2013
On the 17th of February, 2012, I went to the offices of Nikken Sekkei, a major architectural firm, in downtown Tokyo to interview Tomohiko Yamanashi, the main architect of the Hoki Museum for an article I was writing for Architecture Week. The interview took place in a windowless meeting room and lasted around 75 minutes. Mr. Yamanashi spoke English throughout. Here are the first 54 minutes of the interview.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
The Noppon Brothers are the mascots of Tokyo's landmark Tokyo Tower. I interviewed them in November 2006 by email. My questions were translated into Japanese and their answers were translated into English. The whole thing was edited to make it look like they had been interviewed face-to-face. YNB is the younger Noppon brother (red) and ONB is the older one (blue).
In 2012, over a period of several weeks, I interviewed veteran British nationalist John Bean by email. Mr. Bean, who was aged 85 at the time, spoke about a lengthy career in politics and activism, stretching from the late 1940s to the present. He also recounted his experiences and impressions of a number of well known figures on the nationalist side of politics, including Sir Oswald Mosley, A.K. Chesterton, Enoch Powell, John Tyndall and Nick Griffin.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Thursday, 12 July 2012
In early 2012, I interviewed the artist Ami Clarke about her show at The Container in Tokyo. The Container is literally that, a shipping container that has been inserted into a hair salon. The show was a disappointment, featuring a video of a clip from the 1960s TV show "The Prisoner" showing a large balloon bouncing around, a smaller video of an eye blinking, and "Unpublish," a couple of sheets of paper containing an imagined conversation with Bradley Manning, a US soldier arrested for leaking classified information. According to the press release the show was supposed to be a profound exploration of issues surrounding information control in the internet age. I interviewed Ms. Clarke by email.
Monday, 30 April 2012
I spoke to Kieren Webster, the bassist from the View on the 12th of April, 2007. The interview was a little difficult because the line was poor, Webster spoke with a heavy Dundee accent, and also he was suffering from a hangover. I was in Urawa, while he was at the Glasgow Barrowlands, where the band was in the middle of soundchecking. During the 18 minutes we talked, he only name-checked this blog 12 times.
Friday, 20 April 2012
In March 2012, I interviewed Angela Gossow the singer of the Anarchist Death Metal band Arch Enemy. After a planned phoner fell through, I was asked to send some questions by email. Interviewing by phone and by email require quite diffent approaches. With the phone you get instant feedback, but with email it's more important to create the kind of questions that can 'live on their own.' This means that they should not be the sort of questions that can be easily answered with a simple yes or no. They should also be mildly provocative so as to get more than the basic press release kind of answer. This might also require a spot of humour. This particular interview is a masterclass in the art of the email interview, as Angela delivered plenty of good copy.
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Sometimes interviewing can be very precise and specific, but other times you just throw out questions and hope for a good response. In February 2012 I interviewed three Realist artists for an article I was writing about the Hoki Museum. As they were all good painters of nudes, I sent them three identical sets of questions. This is the response from Sousuke Morimoto.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Gianluca Iannone is the founder and leader of CasaPound, an Italian political movement that takes its name from the American poet and Fascist sympathizer, Ezra Pound. Although it is surrounded by controversy the movement falls outside the usual Left/Right political categories as shown by Iannone's criticism of the EDL and his holistic approach to politics. The interview was done through an exchange of emails in early 2011.