I think the beauty of art is ‒ I think I said this ‒ in its ambiguity. It offers freedom. Freedom of
imagination. It opens up doorways. It opens … it gives you possibility to bring you to another
dimension. It’s an exer-cise of the brain, like I said again and again. And it’s also a bridge between the
brain and the heart and the mind and the soul.
So, art for me is anything and it’s everything. And this is the interesting thing about art because
everybody is entitled to have different interpretation and different definition of what art is.
It’s never a fixed idea for anybody.
For me, art is also about transcendence ‒ for me personally. Like, being an artist is like being an
alche-mist. Very sensitive to the environment or political situation or social problems. And the
experiment itself or the result of the experiment would be the piece of artwork. So sometimes … I
am trying to distinguish what is art and what is artistic. For example, for socially engaged art or
research based art, process is absolutely amazing and artistic and fascinating. But then at the end of
the day, at the final presentation, something might get lost. Maybe I am looking for that
transcendence which might not be there. I am not discrediting this kind of art. I love research-based
art, I love socially engaged art, but it makes me some-times question, „what is art? what I am seeing,
is it ‚art‘ or ‚artistic‘?“. And if this is what I wanted to, how would I present my work? Do I present it as
an anthropological point of view and how do I present it so that it has my own input as well? So, this
is what I think about.
And then if you say … if you try to define art, I think it’s very difficult because the concept of art is
con-stantly changing. And I think art is always trying to incorporate other disciplines, other methods
and ideas into itself. For example, you can take a mathematical formula or you can take a scientific
method and incorporate that into your art-making process. And for me, this is also art. Also, for
example, you can stage a cooking party in the museum, you can stage a dance piece in the
Here, I am talking about performance art, institution critique and relational aesthetic. So, in that
context, anything can be art: cooking, having a party, having a coffee. All this action can be art. Not
because of the act itself, not because cooking is art. It’s because there is this transformation in there.
Transforming the nature of cooking with the act of cooking or the context of the museum into ‒ for
example ‒ a critique or a comment about the idea. So, I think there is some sort of transcendence or
transformation in between that makes something art.