Wednesday, June 09, 2010
"Never trust a fart." Or so the Scottish comedian, Billy Connolly, once advised anyone who was getting close to fifty. "You can never be quite certain what might come out."I feel the same way about being interviewed. No matter how prepared I am for a particular line of questioning, I'm never entirely in control of what comes out of my mouth. I can be waspish and critical. I'm quick to dismiss questions I think (sometimes unfairly) are stupid. But I'm less concerned with pissing people off than I am by the occasional, completely random stream-of-consciousness that, when I come across it later in a transcript, I ask myself, "What the fuck was that about?"One of the weirdest was when I was being interviewed for a profile in Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper's QWeekend magazine. One minute I was responding to a question about my unconventional rural upbringing, the next I was instructing the bemused journalist on how best to face down an unruly goat. Yesterday, the American artist, John T. Unger, interviewed me for nearly two hours by phone for his online Art Heroes Radio. An edited version will be uploaded tomorrow at 9pm, North American EST, and made available as either downloadable or streaming audio via iTunes. Apart from beginning our conversation with an admonition, "All art should be 'not safe for work!", I tried to keep it well-considered and instructive – of a piece with the other smart, alternative perspectives on art making and marketing that John has curated in his series.Which is to say, I steered clear of any barnyard references. And fart jokes.