Bordowitz Chapter 6

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S.R. [...] Can you focus on sth. like a goal or an aim of your practice or do you see it more in a post-modern sense that it's the process going on and it depends which positions you are going to construct in this process?

G.B.The goal of my work is self-determination, which, as a goal, recognizes a process, but it's a goal nonetheless. I'm interested in (...) maximizing the amounts of agency I can have as a creative worker, and my work is organized around that aim. That aim captures many things then. The topics of my work vary hugely. My collected writings are coming out this fall; December MIT is bringing out my writings from 1986 to 2003. In the process of putting the book together I was a bit worried because the topics are everywhere: there is fiction, theoretical writings, critical writings, some about art, some only about Aids politics, some about ideas that are in many ways not specific or identifiable; there are about feelings (smiles). I realized that my project has a bit more coherence than I thought it did; I wanted to be very eclectic; I really wanted to be one of these artists whose work looked radically different from project to project, from article to article, and to some extent that's true. But [...] there's a lot more consistency in the approach than I expected to see, and there's also many preoccupations that are similar form piece to piece. The abiding, the one consistent approach would be autobiography as I define it, which is not necessarily only about me, but stories of the self. The other consistent thread in my work is a commitment to self-determination and a notion of liberation... I'm always embarrassed to admit to you, to say that word »liberation« now – in the 80s I wouldn't have – for some reason the context of the moment makes one feel somewhat embarrassed to say, to make such a large claim for one's work but that's the concept to which I'm committed.

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