Cultural Life: Martin Boyce, artist
Friday 30 September 2011
Visual Arts: I went to see the Charlotte Perriand exhibition at Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. The main exhibition was wonderful with her photography echoing both the organic and geometric forms of her furniture design.
Films: I watched 'Norwegian Wood', directed by Anh Hung Tran, in bed one night with a fever coming on. Throughout the night I kept awakening, either drenched in sweat or shivering with the snowy landscapes of the film swimming around my thoughts and dreams. The experience became somehow inseparable from the film's romantic, melancholic tone.
Television: I've been enjoying the American version of 'The Killing', but in truth I'm just counting the months until the next series of 'Mad Men'. I stopped watching television in the conventional way when I moved to Berlin some years ago. Since moving back home I watch everything through the computer. This does mean those wonderful chance encounters are limited, but it also edits out hours of soul-destroying viewing.
Books: I've enjoyed dipping in and out of 'Architecture Oriented Otherwise' by David Leatherbarrow, and I love the magazine '032c', published in Berlin. My friend the artist Jason Dodge introduced me to the American poets Michael and Matthew Dickman, which in turn encouraged me to revisit other poets such as Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Edwin Morgan. My next read is to be 'Open City' by Teju Cole, but by the pool on holiday it was 'Life' by Keith Richards.
Music: I can get happily lost in time with Mogwai's 'Music for a Forgotten Future', and the soundtrack work of Jonny Greenwood.
Martin Boyce is nominated for the Turner Prize. The Turner Prize is at the BALTIC Centre, Gateshead, 21 October 2011 to 8 January 2012. The winner will be announced on the 5th December 2011.
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