Antonia Rahofer
Interviews as Artistic Practice
Still from Julia Rudelius, Your Blood is as Red as Mine, 2004

Interview techniques are not only used in various academic disciplines and fields of knowledge, but also in the field of the arts. Besides art criticism and art history, Western artists have been using interviews as subject, tool, and format since the 1960s. As part of this workshop, the highly diverse appropriations of video interviews will be analyzed and watched together – accompanied by plenary and group discussions of selected reading materials.

The “interview works” we will discuss oscillate between scientific approaches and fictionalization, drawing their very own understanding of communication, body, and power. And what about the interview’s potential to contribute to a critical self-reflexion on the society in which we’re living? This is one of the many questions we will try to find answers to in the course of this virtual gathering, discussing works by Ursula Biemann, Joerg Burger, Tracey Emin, Jeanne Faust, Isa Genzken, Christian Jankowski, Martha Rosler, Julika Rudelius, Cornelia Sollfrank, Ingrid Wildi, and others.

Suggested reading:

  •  Julia Gelshorn, „Two Are Better than One: Notes on the Interview and Techniques of Multiplication“, The Art Bulletin, Vol. XCIV, nr. 1, March 2012, pp. 32-41.
  • Ulf Wuggenig, „A Society of the Interview. Techniques of the Interview in Sociology, Art and Market Research“, Texte zur Kunst, nr. 67, September 2007, pp. 142-147.


Online workshop with Antonia Rahofer: Interviews as artistic practice

Pt. I on Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens

Pt. II on Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens