PERFORMANCE ARTIST ANNE KOCH (EAT)S!

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DIRTY MAGAZINE CHATS WITH SET DESIGNER AND VIDEO ARTIST ANNE KOCH ABOUT HER (EAT)FILMS PROJECT AND HER MOST RECENT EXHIBIT AT THE TATE MODERN.
TEXT Paul Bruno

 

 

DIRTY: WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

ANNE KOCH: Atlanta, GA

 

D: IS THAT WHERE YOU GREW UP?

AK: I grew up in Berlin, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, UK and Bombay

 

D: WHAT INSPIRED YOU AS A CHILD?

AK: Books, my imagination grew inside them! Underwater worlds, animals.  The caves of dogs.

 

D: DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE?  WHAT DID YOU STUDY?

AK: Yes, in Cambridge, UK. European philosophy and literature with women’s studies.

 

D: HOW DID YOU GET INTO SET DESIGN?

AK: Being an apprentice.  Learning everything with curiosity, failure and exploration.

 

D: WHAT SET CAN YOU SAY YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF HAVING DESIGNED / BUILT?

AK: Hmmm… gosh, the ones I really love are my own secret worlds… the white paper teeth origami set for Jen Kao, a complete realization of my own ideas: 400 silver mylar balloons, covering the entire ceiling, and also carpeting the floor… with space between… I took them all back to my apartment and had a drinks party!

 

D: YOUR VIDEO PROJECT, (EAT)FILMS SHOWED SATURDAY MAY 15 AT THE TATE MODERN.  TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

AK: My (eat) films started when I was in Rajasthan, northern India. The backdrop was of such a gorgeous fort, with bustling people, tourists, locals, dogs, motorbikes, it was a feast for the eyes — so much going on! I wanted to do something monotonous, to be invisible, to the point that my actions became almost redundant enough to let the background come alive. And eating — something most people do not think about really — a kind of necessity to keep going, fuel for the fire. I wanted it to be a non-action something — small and tiny, tiny movements, so it looks as if I am almost doing nothing. The audience is forced to take in what is around me, the sounds, other people’s reaction to me. I look for interesting settings, vistas and environments to capture the feeling I want to portray… sometimes I have no idea what this will be.

The showing at the Tate was thanks to the artists collective I am in, called K48 Kontinuum. We were invited to create an installation for the NO SOUL FOR SALE event the same weekend,  and I was able to show my (eat) films.  It’s all very exciting!

 

 

 

D: THE VIDEOS WERE TAKEN OVER HOW LONG A PERIOD OF TIME?

AK: I have been taking them from 2008 – present day.

 

D: HOW HAVE YOUR (EAT) PIECES EVOLVED OVER TIME, OR HAVE THEY?

AK: I feel they have stayed consistent, it’s the environment and reactions that are changing. My thought process has changed a bit – after the first 10 films I made, I realized they were all outside, all outdoors.  The next film I made was in the winter – I realized I wanted to go deeper within my self, and create only interiors.

This project is about the external, the location around me – and lately I am feeling that the more people I am around during the performance, the better it is, for me. Because I am capturing their reaction. But I relish in spaces that make me feel a certain way. It is that which I wish to capture during the piece.

 

 

 

D: HOW WAS THE EXHIBITION AT THE TATE MODERN? TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW (EAT) PIECE THAT YOU PERFORMED DURING THE EXHIBITION.

AK: This was wonderful! As soon as people stepped into a gallery, a museum, or an art-centric area, their minds subtly change. Suddenly anything is art: that yogurt that is spilled –  amazing! People react and take photos. The performance consisted of me eating a slice of pizza (that I brought from new york) standing in front of the screen on the ramp where I was projecting 22 of my films. viewers would watch the films, and then turn around to see me doing the same thing in real life. Or, they’d walk by and notice the screening first, and then recognize me from the films, stop and watch me. It was a wonderful experience! Especially as all they see is a girl in a large public space eating a pizza, but then they notice there is a correlation between what is on screen and what is happening right in front of them, and they start to notice the interaction between the two spaces (me, in my physical form, and me five times as big from the projector.) The two spaces then become one – and when this was realized, the project was complete. This was my personal project for the Tate’s 10th birthday.

 

 

 

D: WHAT INSPIRES YOU CREATIVELY NOW?

AK: The torture and killing of the dolphins and whales in the world – specifically in Taiji, Japan + Denmark.

 

D: DO YOU WATCH ANY TELEVISION?

AK: No, I do have a pink hello kitty tv set, AND a 1980’s sony watchman, but I use them just as dressing for my apartment — I love films and watch them on my laptop.

 

D: ASIDE FROM SET DESIGN & VIDEO, DO YOU WORK IN ANY OTHER MEDIUMS? WORKING ON ANY OTHER PROJECTS?

AK: Sculpture and illustration and film, actually! I am doing costumes for a short film starring Debra Winger.

 

D: WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO OF LATE?

AK: Fever Ray, Wes Anderson soundtracks, Michael Nyman, Björn Olsson, and early TEARS FOR FEARS!!

 

D: TELL ME SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU.

AK: I brake for mussels.

 

 

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