The Interview. Or, when you get to drive the conversation.

I love reading, watching, and listening to  interviews. Perhaps it started when I was just a toddler, but I’ve always been one to ask a lot of questions because I have this insatiable curiosity about almost everything.

Lately I’ve been bingeing on the Arch Daily interviews as well as going through the Guardian’s Great Interviews of the Twentieth Century. While those aren’t the most unknown of interview collections, I frankly have a lot of fun having a bunch in one spot and picking and choosing a few at a time to listen to.

If you don’t own it already, one of my all time favorite book interviews is Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Interviews Vol. 1, which was published in 2000. This hunk of a book features interviews with artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Vito Acconci, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter and of course, architects from Zara Hadid to Rem Koolhaas. It’s interesting to comb through this book and wonder how much has changed in the thirteen years (or more) since these interviews were first published. If you have time (which I know you don’t…) Ulrich’s Conversation Series, published starting in 2007, is a great single volume format, with very in-depth interviews. (FYI, #24 = Dan Graham and #25 = Kazuyo Sejima)

A little harder to track down is Michael Meredith’s Notes on the Glimmering Noise. In the video, Michael, who was influenced by Robert Smithson’s East Coast/West Coast, a video collection of interviews with architects, plays a version of himself—”geeky, aloof, uptight, perhaps repressed, injured.” Wearing a neck brace, Michael leaves you wondering whether you should indulge him, or if he’s indulging you. (my apologies for the short ad at the start).

Lastly for this week, I wanted to make sure that you all keep watch for the upcoming XS publication as well as attend the next Sept-May event, which is this Friday. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about: XS presents written interviews that are published in a pamphlet format and Sept-May is a bit-more-formal-than-a-coffee-clutch-gathering built around multi-disciplinary conversation and socializing.

Interviews Volume 01 is satisfyingly thick and hefty. Not quite a cover-to-cover read, it's a great reference book.

Interviews Volume 01 is satisfyingly thick and hefty. Not quite a cover-to-cover read, it’s a great reference book that you can flip through and pick up interesting bits and pieces.


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