Cultural Life: Susan Philipsz, artist
Friday 26 November 2010
Visual Arts: Michael Fullerton's recent show Columbia at Chisenhale Gallery worked on many different levels. It was intelligent, thought-provoking, tender and beautiful all at the same time. In Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art are doing some really interesting things. They create projects around the city and harness the support of the artist community that lives there.
Music: I'm a big fan of Will Oldham, aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. He let me use one of his songs in my work recently. I also came across Anne Briggs and I think her version of "Lowlands" is amazing. I saw Muscles of Joy recently in Glasgow. They're a pretty unique all-girl a cappella band and they're great.
Television: German TV is crap so I don't watch it much. I miss UK comedy a lot and I've missed all the great TV series like 'Mad Men' and 'The Wire'. I'll have to buy the box sets.
Films: I thought 'A Prophet' was pretty amazing, although I didn't think I would. I'm a big Werner Herzog and Fassbinder fan. One of my favourites is 'Fear Eats the Soul' and I watched all 13 episodes of 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' when I first arrived in Berlin. We have an alternative English-language cinema near us in Schöneberg and I go there a lot when I'm in town.
Books: Werner Herzog's diary 'Conquest of the Useless' is pretty riveting stuff. It's his record of the making of 'Fitzcarraldo', with a day by day account of his journey into the Amazonian jungle. Despite everything that he has to endure and the precariousness of making a film in this environment, he finds a calm that transcends all the madness. After reading the diary you get the feeling that the film is a documentary of the making of the film.
Susan Philipsz is nominated for the Turner Prize. The Turner Prize 2010 exhibition is at Tate Britain until 3 January 2011.
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