YES or NO
 
Raymond Hains interviewed by Claude Closky, with the help of Pierre Leguillon and Daniel Lesbaches, October 7, 2004.
All the questions are taken from recently published commentaries on Raymond Hains’ work.
 
 
Were you born in Saint Brieuc in 1926?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you live in Paris?

 YES
 NO
 
Were you involved in New Realism?

 YES
 NO
 
In Lettrism?

 YES
 NO
 
In the Situationist International?

 YES
 NO
 
In Pop Art?

 YES
 NO
 
Were you close to Surrealism and the theory of the “find” formulated by André Breton in L’Amour fou (Mad Love)?

 YES
 NO
 
Was your approach linked to the “urban drift” favoured by the Situationists?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you take elements of reality and turn them into art objects?

 YES
 NO
 
Did you realize your first lacerated posters in 1948?

 YES
 NO
 
Did you take posters from the street to exhibit them as they stood?

 YES
 NO
 
Did you ever retouch them?

 YES (1)
 NO
 
Did you want to shake up commercial or political messages through a play between superimposition, juxtaposition and haphazard encounters?

 YES
 NO
 
Is the street an inexhaustible source of inspiration?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you think that daily life quite simply bathes in art?

 YES
 NO (2)
 
Do you collect images and texts daily?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you place yourself between art and literature?

 YES
 NO (3)
 
Do you make detailed, dated reader reports of the books you read?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you then put them with your books in boxes and suitcases?

 YES
 NO
 
Does this need to classify participate in an art of memory?

 YES
 NO
 
Are you a “neo-documentalist”?

 YES
 NO
 
Are you detached from the notion of style?

 YES
 NO
 
Do your associations of words and images have an aesthetic dimension?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you use the tools of our consumer society to try to create social cohesion?

 YES
 NO
 
Does your work aim to reintegrate art into society?

 YES
 NO
 
Is your work out of the ordinary?

 YES
 NO
 
Incongruous?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you want to make the notion of artistic categories obsolete?

 YES
 NO
 
Have you seized upon all means of expression?

 YES
 NO
 
Are you curious about the world of the Internet?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you think the web is similar to the kind of web you weave with words?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you subordinate forms to the network effect?

 YES
 NO
 
Is this network effect your ultimate quest?

 YES
 NO
 
Does your work consist in the conception of a total world?

 YES
 NO
 
More precisely, do you mix multiple dimension visual or verbal tricks with a love of Brittany?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you criticise daily reality?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you take as your motto Robert Filliou’s comment: Art is what makes life more interesting than art?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you try to create a “personal mythology”?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you have an erotic relationship with artworks?

 YES (4)
 NO
 
Do you want to take the fetish out of art?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you present your works half-heartedly?

 YES
 NO
 
Do the places in which you exhibit participate in your creation?

 YES
 NO
 
Are they as important as the works presented?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you develop an “aesthetic of coincidence”?

 YES
 NO
 
Do you consider yourself a conceptual artist?

 YES
 NO
 
Are you a living sculpture?

 YES
 NO (5)
 
 
(1) My work is haphazard zoom
(2) These questions are a pain in the arse
(3) These questions deserve the dunce’s hat
(4) There’s nobody more erotic than me. I’m constantly in love.
(5) Night falls but Denise is reborn