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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week we hear from artist Colin Darke, whose work is on display as part of the current exhibition Everything Must Go.


Colin Darke: 4 March 2016

What are you reading?
Volume One of “The Aesthetics of Resistance” by Peter Weiss – a novel which merges anti-fascism with cultural critique.

Favourite museum?
It’s been far too long since I’ve been there and I’d love to see Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum again.

Best performance?
Last year Lisa Dwan performed three Beckett plays at The MAC in Belfast, including “Not I”, which must be the most difficult of all his plays for any actor to tackle. She did a very good job.

What is your most treasured possession?
A now very battered key ring that my son made for me when he was around eleven years of age and which has been in constant use ever since.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
So many, but those by Courbet, Duchamp and Brecht would be top of the list.

A lightbulb moment?
In 1990, sitting in an office in Derry, where I worked, seeing a colleague reading a cigarette-paper “comm”. This still continues to inform much of my work.

Guilty pleasure?
I stopped smoking some years ago, but I confess I still regard the odd cigarette as a treat.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Sitting on a patch of grass, looking down on the Forum in Rome, eating pizza.

Daniel Blackshields, 27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here