YES or NO

An interview with Dominique Gonzalez Foerster by Claude Closky, January 27th 2003.

All the questions come from comments recently published about the work of Dominique Gonzalez Foerster.

Translation Simon Pleasance.

Were you born in 1965?

 YES
 NO

Do you live in Paris?

 YES
 NO

Since 1988, has the bedroom been a recurrent form in your work?

 YES
 NO

Do you recreate autobiographical bedrooms?

 YES
 NO

Literary bedrooms?

 YES
 NO

Does your work explore biography?

 YES
 NO

Do you work from narratives that you collect, and characters whose lives you read about?

 YES
 NO

Do you make transpositions from one language to another?

 YES
 NO

Do you want viewers to complete the story?

 YES
 NO

Invent other itineraries?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to break with the chronological representation of the experience of time?

 YES
 NO

Do you think there's somewhere "outside time"?

 YES
 NO

Does your work involve onlookers in their own temporal experience?

 YES
 NO

Is your installation "Une chambre en ville" [A City Bedroom] (1998) made up of a television switched on and placed on the floor on pale carpet, a telephone, a radio alarm, the latest newspapers piled up in a corner, and everything lit by a changing light, whose colour alternates in time?

 YES
 NO

Is this contemporary interior furbishing?

 YES
 NO

A deterritorialized room, reduced to a reception area, a crossroads of the different invisible, digital, Hertzian information flows...?

 YES
 NO

Today, is the bedroom the invisible intersection of electric, acoustic and magnetic flows, which determine a new geography which is vibrant, uprooted and fluctuating?

 YES
 NO

Are we heading towards a world in which things are becoming evanescent?

 YES
 NO

Do you challenge the connections between make-believe space and household space?

 YES
 NO

Are you doing away with the distance separating fiction from reality?

 YES
 NO

Is this bedroom the equivalent of a small cinema?

 YES
 NO

Are you trying to identify moods and feelings?

 YES
 NO

Psychological states which don't cross the language barrier?

 YES
 NO

From inside--the bedroom--have you shifted towards the outside--the city--which you've been filming since 1997?

 YES
 NO

Is your cinematographic language hallmarked by the use of just one place, and often of just one camera angle?

 YES
 NO

Do you film exploded urban narratives?

 YES
 NO

Do you show time slipping by, snippets of conversations and sounds associated with a place, people waiting...?

 YES
 NO

Do you make films without any fixed identity?

 YES
 NO

Do your films attest to a form of harking-back?

 YES
 NO

Do they have a definite thread?

 YES
 NO

In "Riyo" (1999), did you intend to provoke a diffused, poetic feeling of disappearance and absence?

 YES
 NO

A feeling of something that might have been or might have existed?

 YES
 NO

Do you construct a fluid relationship with the world?

 YES
 NO

Have you totally given yourself over to film?

 YES
 NO

Do you always have your mini-camcorder with you?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to live in a "sensation of cinema"?

 YES
 NO

Do you think about the forms our modernity has assumed?

 YES
 NO

Are you especially interested in architecture?

 YES
 NO

Do you look at it with a rational attitude?

 YES
 NO

Are Kyoto, Hongkong and Brasilia modern cities which you relate to?

 YES
 NO

If they are exotic?

 YES
 NO

Do you have the paradoxical desire for an experience that many people are scared of--feeling like an outsider?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to redefine the role of the artist?

 YES
 NO

Do you think that the artist is above all an activator of experience?

 YES
 NO

An activator of memory?

 YES
 NO

Of space?

 YES
 NO

Do you think about what makes the stuff of our identities?

 YES
 NO

Do you question the cross-fertilization that is part of our experiences and our cultures?

 YES
 NO

Do you question the notion of (art)work?

 YES
 NO

Can art be summed up in a single image?

 YES
 NO

Should it encompass other parameters : memories, light, sounds, temperature, ambience, dream...?

 YES
 NO

Does your work consist in experimenting with this sensorialness?

 YES
 NO

In getting away from the text/image dichotomy?

 YES
 NO

Are your images the point of departure of indecisiveness?

 YES
 NO

Is your work based on the limit of representation?

 YES
 NO

On the end of representation?

 YES
 NO



A presentation of Dominique Gonzalez Foerster's works is accessible on her website: www.dgf5.com/
Dominique Gonzalez Foerster is represented in Paris by the Jennifer Flay gallery, in Berlin by Schipper und Krome, in Brussels by the Jan Mot gallery, and in Tokyo by Koyanagi.