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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

This week we hear from Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman and curator of Newfoundland and Labrador representation at the 56th Venice Biennale.


Chris Clarke: 1 May 2015

What are you reading?
I'm just about to (finally!) finish Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century in preparation for an upcoming exhibition and, on the Kindle, Karl Ove Knausgaard's Dancing in the Dark and Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant.

Favourite museum?
Other than the Glucksman of course, I'll go with the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and MuHKA in Antwerp.

Best performance?
Hard to choose but two definite favourites: Il Tempo del Postino at Manchester Opera House and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Nancy Spains in Cork..

What is your most treasured possession?
I'm pretty obsessive about my art books to the point that I won't even share bookshelf space with my wife's collection!

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Thomas Hirschhorn's Crystal of Resistance, Teresa Margolles' Sudor y Miedo, Jafar Panahi's This is Not a Film, Renzo Martens' Enjoy Poverty, the films of Guy Debord, Claire Denis and Ingmar Bergman – to name just a few!

A lightbulb moment?
This is a tricky one. I guess I occasionally have these moments when I think of a perfect artist or work for an exhibition or an interesting idea of display but, in reality, I tend to hem and haw over these so much that, in retrospect, they never feel like 'lightbulb moments'.

Guilty pleasure?
I'm a sucker for the worst sort of manufactured pop and dance music. Also, Candy Crush Soda.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Hanging out with my son Cillian – doesn't matter where!

Previous Little Interviews

Brendan Bracken, Transition Year, 24 April 2015
Angela Fulcher, artist,
17 April 2015
Karis Medina and Sam McCune, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation,
3 and 10 April 2015
Gemma Kearney, Artist and Glucksman technician,
27 March 2015
Martin O'Connor, Librarian, UCC,
20 March 2015
Gavin Murphy, artist,
13 March 2015
Elly Collins, UCC student,
6 March 2015
Orla Murphy, Lecturer, UCC,
27 February 2015
Killian O'Dwyer, CCAD student,
20 February 2015
Stuart McLaughlin, Google,
13 February 2015
Ann Ramsden, artist,
6 February 2015
Aideen Quirke, UCC Student
, 23 January 2015
Alan Phelan, artist
16 January 2015