Aritst interview 2010.9.15



Over the next few days I will be getting to know the artists a little better by asking them the same 26 questions in the form of an interview. The transcriptions have been edited but just fractionally; I have exchanged single words or removed words or added words (if I felt it would clarify a particular point) but only where absolutely necessary since I wanted to try to keep the original dialogue as pure as possible for the sake of humanity.

Here, we have YUKIE HORI from BRAZIL (SAO PAULO):

What made you apply for the Kamiyama Artist in Residence program?
Umm, because when I read about the application I realised it would be a good place to work with site specific works because there is no neutral space like a gallery. You need to work in the town with the citizens, the local people so I think this is the best motivation.

Describe your work in one word

Do you have a special method for generating your ideas?
Normally I need to observe the space where I will be working then I take photos. I need to see the place as an image; then I work on these images in order to be able to change the original space.

What is the most frightening experience you have ever had?
My first visit to a foreign country, I think it was Chile, and I didn't speak Spanish and it was just me and my sister.

What is your favourite Japanese food?
Er udon and shiro gohan

What do you enjoy most about creating art?
I like the project phase when all the work is possible and all the work is perfect!

What is the process behind creating your art?
We've already talked about this (see question 3).

How did you discover your passion for art?
In college, it was good to use your mind to change places.

Do you think you have a particular technique/style?
I can say site specific work.

Do you find art difficult?
Trying to be consistent with your line of research and the production of the art so that they are the same, so they don't change.


What do you think about face-shaped processed ham?
My first question would be how did they change the colour? Do they use all different kinds of meat?!

How do you feel in Kamiyama?
It's a completely different style of life from mine so it's a surprise. Sometimes it is a good surprise and sometimes I don't know what to do next!

Do you think you have a role as a KAIR?
I don't know.

How would you like your art to relate to Kamiyama and its residents?
My project is to produce works to change how people can see the landscape or the city (where they live) and create a new relationship (with it).

What would chairs look like if our knees were upside-down?
An upside down table.

What other types of work have you done and how does it relate to your art?
The main part of my work was connected with photographs so I still work in the same way.

What do you dislike about your work?
Sometimes it is so conceptual and not emotional.

What is the worst piece of advice you have ever been given?
I don't remember actually.

In your opinion, how important is art to society?
I would like it to be very important but it is not! Art is a way to stop your regular life, to observe your surroundings and analyse the situation in general without prejudice.

What is your favourite outfit?

Who is your least favourite famous artist/creator and why?
I don't like artists who believe they have some kind of divine gift and people who make art just to be famous.

Can you describe Kamiyama in one word?

What would you like for your birthday? (Please do not expect anything….)
A cake. A good cake!

How do you feel when you present your work to the public?
Normally I wait for some reaction in my work. I'm working and thinking about the reaction of the people so I just watch and wait.

If you are a vegetable, what kind would you be?
A lime.

Do you have a weakness?
I'm lazy.


NEXT: Poh Wang



Itoi-san - Kanuma soil. Likes salmon sashimi, dislikes entrails of sea cucumber. Ru-san - Lancashire hotpot. Creative type. Likes being outdoors. Dislikes status. Together we are ITOI ARTS a project in divergent creativity in the mountains of Shikoku, Japan. 四国の山奥、多様な創作、アートとは。 //イベント時のみオープン// \\ふだんはただの家//

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