Sunday, 13 November 2011

Seiko Mikami, media artist

On the 5th of November, 2011, I had a short telephone interview with the Japanese 'media artist' Seiko Mikami for an article I was writing about her exhibition, "Desire of Codes," which was being held at the NTT InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. While the mere layman might find her English difficult to understand, I am an expert in understanding Japanese English so her meaning was clear to me throughout the interview.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Miya Ando, artist

I interviewed the artist Miya Ando by telephone on the 12th of September, 2011. She was in California, where she was anodysing some of her metal sculptures. We talked for around 40 minutes, mainly about her recentlty unveiled London memorial to the victims of the 9-11 attack and about her connections with Japan. Here are the first 25 minutes of the interview, during which she produced a commendable 22 y'knows.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Heidi Klum, model

I interviewed supermodel Heidi Klum at the inaugural MTV Japan Awards on Friday the 24th of May, 2002, in the press conference room. There were about 30 other journalists, some of whom asked a couple of questions, but I have included here only the questions I asked her.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Mikiko Kumazawa, artist

In June 2011, I interviewed the young Japanese artist Mikiko Kumazawa. The interview was at the Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo. The interview was conducted with the help of an interpreter, Antoine Perrin, a native of France. The interview proceeded at a leisurely pace and lasted well over an hour.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Fumio Nanjo, curator

On the 20th of February, 2011, I interviewed Fumio Nanjo by telephone. He is a well-known curator and the Director of the Mori Art Museum. I talked to him for about 25 minutes about Roppongi Art Night, which was scheduled to take place on the night of the 26th to 27th of March, but was cancelled thanks to the Great Tohoku Earthquake that struck Japan on the 11th of March. Mr. Nanjo is a very good English speaker for a Japanese and showed particular skill and mastery in use of y'knows, using an enormous number of them as verbal ballast.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Yayoi Kusama, artist

In February 2011, I sent some questions by email to Yayoi Kusama, the 'headline' artist for Roppongi Art Night 2011, in order to get some unique quotes for an article I was writing about the event. My questions were then translated into Japanese, answered, and then the answers were translated into English. Later, because of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11th, 2011, and the subsequent accidents at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, Roppongi Art Night was cancelled.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Janick Gers [Iron Maiden]

In February, 2011, I interviewed Janick Gers, one of Iron Maiden's three guitarists. The band was in Singapore on their The Final Frontier World Tour. The telephone conversation lasted about 15 minutes with the Maiden axeman managing to get off 39 "y'knows," at a very respectable rate of 2.6 per minute.
Iron Maiden arrived in Japan on the same day as the Great Tohoku Earthquake, with the result that both their gigs were cancelled.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

El Anatsui, sculptor

On the 6th of February, 2011, I interviewed the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Museum of Modern Art Hayama. He mainly makes wood scuptures of various kinds and large tapestries from bits of garbage, like bottle tops, aluminium foil, etc. The interview lasted around 17 minutes and was conducted as an "exhibition walk-through." Because of the need for visual reference, I recorded it on video.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Tadasu Takamine, conceptual artist

In January 2011, I met and interviewed Tadasu Takamine at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Due to a technical glitch, our conversation was not recorded. I therefore emailed him some additional questions. Although his English ability is rather good, he emailed me back with answers in Japanese, which I then translated into English.