Gillick Chapter 1

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S.R.: One term that seems to be very important for your work and I saw it in some different texts and different contexts is the term of »visual environment« that you are working with environments that get visualized. Do you want to say something how you started to work with this approach?

L. G.: I think it's very important to understand that this attention to the way you describe the territories that you are dealing with, and the culture, are very crucial for me. It's partly to one of the legacies of what you could call Conceptual Art or you could also call a kind of critical speeding-up of the engagement between artist and society with an increased consciousness of what you describe as your territory for playing with. So the idea of a visual environment for me is much broader than the idea of the notion of the artist in relation to something. It makes the artist appear to be also an implicated player within the society. It's a very kind of subtle thing but the terminology is very precise. It tries to unlimit the potential territories to play with and it tries to also, in a classical way, to de-aesthetisize, in an old fashioned idea of aesthetitics, the places where you are allowed or you have admission to investigate. It's also a kind of generalization which is not- which will do. It`s a kind of way you are looking at it. I mean it's a kind of generalization. It allows you to have a broad territory to play within, and that's what`s crucial for me.

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