Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature curator Tobi Maier who is one of our 2018 Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Fellows and in resident in the Glucksman from 3-17 December. 

What are you reading?
Virginie Despentes’ Vernon Subutex, Christian Kravagna’s Transmoderneand Kaira M. Cabañas’s Learning from Madness.

Favourite museum?
There are many. To name a few: Alvaro Siza’s Serralves with its gardens in Porto. The Museu Afro Brasil in Parque Ibirapuera and the MASP on São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista with Lina Bo’s glass easels. Mies’ Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin with Frei Otto’s roof and Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie in its neighbourhood. And Hans Hollein’s postmodern Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach.

Best performance?
Among my personal favorites are: The work of the transgender women theatre collective Mexa(2015-) andTeatro Oficina in São Paulo. Deep Deep Drags somewhere in São Paulo (2017). Nadja Abt’s dança dos lequesand Yorgos Sapountzis’ At Your Serviceas part of the Esponjaexhibition at SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo (2015). Solar Lice’s concert at the Modern Institute during the Glasgow International (2014). A kills B at Palais de Tokyo (2013). Mobile Radio BSP’s 100 day/24h program, Jiri Kovanda’s red T-Shirt performance, Jutta Koether performing with Sergei Tcherepnin and Yuki Kimura, and Ei Arakawa with Sergei Tcherepnin’s Looking at Listeningat São Paulo’s Casa Modernista, all of which took place as part of the 30thSão Paulo Biennial (2012). Michael Clark Company at Tate Modern (2011). The cabaret Hanns Eisler Nail Salon at 47 Essex Street (2011) and the live drawing circle Friends of the Fine Arts at Ludlow 38 in New York (2010). Moritz von Oswald with Carl Craig, Vladislav Delay, Max Loderbauer and François K at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York (2010). Arto Lindsay’s parade I AM A MANat Portikus and MMK Frankfurt (2008). Eduardo Navarro’s Art Centre Chapelat Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008). Gregor Schneider’s Die Familie Schneiderfor Artangel London (2004). Resonance FM London (1998 and going.  

Most treasured possession?
My library and art collection. 

Work(s) of art that inspire you?
Again, it is difficult to single them out, but Kurt Schwitters Merzbauwas important for me. My grandfather used to take me to the Sprengel Museum in Hannover where a Merzbaureconstruction has found a home. In Vienna I always go and see Bruegel’s paintings at the Kunsthistorische Museum. Most recently I was fascinated by Isa Genzken’s Aussenprojekte(projects for the public space), models of which are currently on view at Galerie Buchholz in Berlin.  

Lightbulb moment?
Happened during a stay in hospital almost 20 years ago. 

Guilty pleasure?
Flying.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Walking a beach with N. in B.