Gupta Chapter 2

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S.R.: Can you say what the aim of your work is?

S.G.: I guess somewhere the aim of not just my work but I guess more of a lot of art-making practice in my type – which is obviously by default really not a commercial thing – but it sort of sticks with a non-commercial aspect of wanting to challenge the kind of hierarchy which is in art scene of consumerization of an art object, of an art experience. So one of my aims is definitely not to be in that racket, not to make consumables. Of course the aim is experience, because that's where it comes to me first, and as any basic art form it would have to be a translation of experience from this end to the opposite. And of course, a lot of it is a struggle to negotiate, because everybody comes up with different histories and interpretations. And I guess for me, a lot of the thing is the struggle itself – I mean that is somewhere the aim also, the in-between thing, to just grapple with and just try to leave it variable; if this works here, or like German comments worked here, or French comments worked here, or as a problem I solve it. A lot of it has to do with problem-solving towards reproducing an experience. But it's obviously trying to sort of talk of my experience then getting translated somewhere else or an idea being reproduced where obviously I'm very much interested in the reaction of the people. So for me it is... I expect a reaction, and how will that reaction be created?

S.R.: So do you think... you are talking about an idea that you found and that came to you / comes to you. Do you think it's much more an intellectual process – the start of your work?

S.G.: I think it's a cross between intellectual and experiential, because otherwise it's super intellectual, and if you don't have the experience you don't have the drive to make it. If it's just intellectual, I just think I let it go, if it's experience – you want to, like, do something about it.

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