The heads of the Serpentine, Secret Cinema, Glasgow International, the Young Vic and others on how they find fresh flair and new ideas
Hans Ulrich Obrist: I cant live without Instagram
Swiss-born curator, scribe and artwork historian and aesthetic chairman at the Serpentine Galleries. Since 2009, Obrist has propped a top 10 recognize in ArtReview magazines annual directory of the art worlds 100 most powerful parties .
I accept a lot in practices. I get up very early every morning, around five or six oclock, and I always start the day by speaking 15 times of Edouard Glissant, a poet, writer and philosopher. I have every journal he was never wrote at home and Ill only pick one and read.
For me, Glissants work is like a daily toolbox. He comes from Martinique, which is one of a fibre of islands[ constituting up the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea ]. A cultural exchange takes neighbourhood between these islands and yet they retain their own identities. So Glissants work explores how we can engage with globalisation without falling into the catch of homogenisation. His volumes are an muse, particularly in this current climate of a lack of patience. Im always considering how we could develop shows that cuddle mondiality, which dont to be translated into estrangement but to exchange, which build bridges.
After Glissant, I croak loping, often in the park, because I cherish London parks. In this city, you can discover brand-new things every day, even after living here for many years. Then its breakfast and the office. I read about 30 -4 0 periodicals every month: all the skill publications through to London Review of Books , the New Yorker , the Economist , Scientific American . In my crate currently I have about 150 sections from the last two weeks; I cut them out and share them with acquaintances. They often prompt something. For example, many years ago I read about groupings of 60 s designers who had wondered the masterplan, and about Yona Friedman, and this year he has actually built one of our summer houses at the Serpentine .
With social media, there are the ones I use for information and the ones I broadcast on. Twitter is both. With Facebook, I never actually use it actively, precisely to broadcast my interrogations with masters on Facebook Live, or sometimes theyre on Periscope. Over the last six months, Ive also increasingly been using Snapchat. I follow some people I find inspiring, but I likewise broadcast movies, little accomplishments by artists, short activates, short poems.
I cant live without Instagram. I look at it a lot, about half an hour to an hour a day and then upright. My handwriting assignment on Instagram is a protest against the fade-out of handwriting I post a handwritten memorandum there every day. But I also find Instagram very inspiring. The diverse courses parties use it is exciting whether its the artist Wolfgang Tillmans exploiting it for activism with his anti-Brexit signs, or Jennifer Higgie[ co-editor of Frieze magazine] who posts about a different amazing female master every day, with a little text of biography it was therefore certainly a protest against forgetting.
My absolute favourite chronicle though is from Alice Rawsthorn, the design critic of the international New York Times . She organizes her berths by week, so each week theres a new topic Design and Light or Design Kinfolk and each day theres a new pole related to the theme, so for example, there was a stunning lighthouse from 1750 for Design and Light. In a acces, she came up with the norms of video games, to actually structure it by weeks, because most people have it as a daily occasion. Im totally obsessed by her Instagram its a fascinating imagination of blueprint that draws us look at “the worlds” differently.
I always have my best good ideas in Sils Maria, village representatives in the Swiss mountains. Im from Switzerland and wasted a lot of meter there as small children. Now I go about once or twice a year. Theres something exceedingly mystical about the place, the ignite its almost at 2,000 metres altitude its glacial, it has big mountains. Most of my show and work theories Ive had there.
My favourite culture venue is actually an imaginary fabricate its the unrealised Fun Palace by the theatre director Joan Littlewood and the designer Cedric Price, who in the 60 s came up with this idea of a cultural centre bringing together all aesthetic penalties, removing all silos. As a thought venture, Im inspired by it every day. Regrettably the Fun Palace was never improved, but you can get a sense of Cedric Prices occupation by going to his amazing aviary created with Lord Snowdon at London Zoo. Its my favourite built in London.
Favourite TV I predominantly watch on requirement, a lot of Netflix. Recently its been The Simpsons . I likewise like this exercise of looking at all the movies that board of directors has done like Tarantino going into breadth and extent at the same time.
My litmus test for new ideas I always ask myself: Is there is a pressing need? I use that parole often. IC