Interviews 

 

'It's paint that obsesses me' an interview with Ansel Krut on his new exhibtion, Verbatim

 'Great paintings never do what you think they're going to do...'

 

'Free love was really current in the 1870s': Emma Donoghue on her historic true crime novel, Frog Music

Emma Donoghue 'After Room, I thought, maybe I do have capacity for suspense...'



‘I was asking archives to show me their dirty laundry': an interview with Bill Morrison

 'The natural order of things is of course disintegration...'



'Everything can be solved by thinking': artist Ryan Gander in Erno Goldfinger's house

 'It sounds bad but I sometimes wonder what other artists do all day...'

 

James Conway on 'savage' pacifist opera King Priam

 'I think the whole point of art is that it challenges your expectations...'



'I'm not immune to bad movies' Art critic turned novelist Zoe Pilger talks feminism

 'There's a zeitgeist at the moment, it is really exciting...'



Artist Jamie Shovlin on his slasher project Hiker Meat

 'Initially I thought it was a terrible idea...'



Dance, moonlight and 'reversed thinking': Silke Otto Knapp on her new exhibition... 

 'I don't think the debate of painting's demise is relevant to me...'


Dance star Akram Khan marks the First World War...

 'We must never forget...'


'Peter Pan is a narcissistic killer': Phil Willmott's new musical Lost Boy... 

 'All the characters in Peter Pan had a very strange emotional trauma...'



Juan Pablo Villalobos on his new book Quesadillas...

Juan Pablo Villalobos 'I became obsessed with bovine insemination...'



Jeremy Deller talks English Magic...

Jeremy Deller 'It's not a war on wealth. That's an exaggeration...'



The Debate Society at the Almeida Festival...


'We hope the audience feels they've been immersed in a unique and vivid world...'



Dirty Protest's Tim Price on 'Plays in a Bag', the Almeida Festival and new Welsh theatre...


'To be born a Welsh playwright is to have lost in the artistic lottery...'



'It won't be to everyone's taste': Tim Crouch on his new work for the Almeida Festival...


'We don't put you in a nice box as an audience...'



Almeida Festival director Lucy Morrison on a month of pushing at theatre's boundaries...


'it's interesting to see work that's finding its feet...'



Under The Influence: Chris Dunkley and Chris New on The Precariat...

'The play beats the drum for a subject that is brand new...'

 

CultureCritic meets Mood Rings...

CultureCritic meets Mood Rings... 'It might be too sad to workout to though...'

 

'There will always be this interest': The curators of War Games at The Museum of Childhood...

'It's quite telling how strongly toys reflect the values of their time...'

 

Under the Influence: Writer, wrestler and magician Rob Drummond on fear and superstitions...

Bullet Catch Rob Drummond 'You have to pack in as much experience as you can in life...'

 

The unvarnished place: Mamma Andersson talks 'Gooseberry'...

Mamma Andersson humdrum 'A wondrous berry, just like art itself...'

 

Under the Influence: writer Stuart Evers on Memphis, Vegas and Columbo...

Stuart Evers 76 'The idea of Vegas is thrilling: a city where no one is who they say they are...'

 


To Russia with The Museum of Everything - we talk to founder James Brett... 

The Museum of Everything 'To dismiss these artists as outsiders is to miss the whole essence of this work...'



'Illustrators can make a living now': Pick Me Up organiser Claire Catterall talks shop...

Claire Catterall 'It's the people being here who make the fair what it is...'



Under the Influence: Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor talks Antonioni and Rembrandt...

Dominga Sotomayor 'Through the eyes of the children were always images entangled in my head...'



'Landscape is a character': Annemarie Jacir on a career of firsts in Palestinian cinema...

Annemarie Jacir 'I am from a family of wanderers...'



‘There were cathedrals absolutely everywhere': Benoit Pioulard swaps Oregon for the UK...

Beniot Pioulard 'I did a lot of coastal bike rides to Margate...'



‘It's like a phenomenon': Hofesh Shechter gets political in Derry-Londonderry...

Hofesh Shechter 'Dance is a celebration of what we share...'



‘The life of an ambient composer is always dark’: A Stars of the Lid primer...

'I was having machine-gun massacre fantasies at the grocery store...'


‘Rubber, air, speed, an explosion, death': Mike Nelson on his new exhibition M6...


Mke Nelson M6 'There's something quite ritualistic, almost quasi-religious about it...'


'It's just snapshots of things that interest me': We interview Everything Everything...

Everything Everything  'Since the mid-2000s, there's been a steady acceptance of weirder pop...'



'Its strangeness is its wonder': Tamsin Oglesby on adapting The Mouse and His Child...

Tamsin Oglesby  'Children don't always realise that death is this bad thing...'


'The poem is like the ultimate punch': Amanda Coplin talks about The Orchardist...

Amanda Coplin 'It's a special challenge to write about people who don't speak...'



Beekeeping and the multi-verse: We interview Constellations stars Sally Hawkins & Rafe Spall...

'You can't fake chemistry or magic...'

 

'I was raised with psychedelic gypsies': CultureCritic interviews Tamaryn...

'I realised that I’m not really cut out for anything else...'

 

'Opera repelled me for some reason': David Toop explains the Star-Shaped Biscuit...

  'You think 'Oh my god, 'I've ruined all these people's lives...'


'We're thinking about a UK biennial': Sally Tallant has big ideas for Liverpool...

Sally Tallant ‘Things are possible here that would be impossible in London...'



'I don't even know the words': Sune Rose Wagner on the new Raveonettes record...

'It sounds crazy but I’m not much of a music listener...'

 

'I think we would have been besties as kids': CultureCritic meets OMBRE...

'The record is the narrative of our friendship...'

 

'We are the fun in Faust': A chat with krautrock hero Jean-Hervé Péron...

'We had a revolution, that's for sure...'


'Like a guy at a party trying to get everyone to do the conga': Martin Creed on All The Bells...

Martin Creed  'It's very, very different from anything I've ever done...'


'The dreams were a joke on Buñuel's part': we talk seminal films with Jean-Claude Carriere...

'I'm the last screenwriter left. All the others have become directors...'

 

Don't call me mumblecore: we talk to award winning indie director Lynn Shelton...

'My characters are screw-ups... aren't we all?'

 

Circuses and rock'n'roll: CultureCritic talks to Sir Peter Blake...

'It would have to be a really extraordinary elephant for me to buy it...' 


CultureCritic interviews painter Glenn Brown ahead of the Aldeburgh Festival...

Glenn Brown 'The images may be dead and putrid, but they are hopefully rendered alive...'



CultureCritic interviews author du jour, Nathan Engander...

'I say ‘that's funny' instead of laughing, which infuriates people...'



CultureCritic interviews Mercury-nominated former buskers Portico Quartet...

Portico Quartet 'There's only so much tradition a musical genre can withstand before it dies...'



CultureCritic interviews the man behind the musicals, Cameron Mackintosh...

 'Anyone who says they know what makes a successful musical is an idiot...'

 

CultureCritic interviews indie director Miranda July...

  'I relate to feeling distracted by the internet...' 

 

CultureCritic interviews New York suburbanites Real Estate... 

 'It makes sense that there's a lot of good art from New Jersey...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Polish painter Wilhelm Sasnal...

 'Maybe I'm done with the Holocaust...'

 

CultureCritic interviews The Interrupters director Steve James...

  'I'm always amazed at how open people in different communities are...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Sofia Coppola's favoured pianist Dustin O'Halloran...

'There is melancholy even in the happiest of moments...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Olivier Award-winner Robin Norton-Hale...

  'Opera should be funny...'

 

CultureCritic interviews design legend Kenneth Grange...

  'It's old fart's talk, but my generation thinks waste is immoral...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Iain Sinclair on the Olympics...

  'It's like the equivalent of the invasion of Baghdad...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Nico Muhly on the dark side of online...

  'There is a romance to the internet...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Helen Oyeyemi on her new novel Mr Fox...

  'I like transformations, girls going on quests and trying to fix things…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Silent London's Pamela Hutchinson...

  'Filmmaking in the silent era was about experimentation on every level…'

 

CultureCritic interviews artist Angela de la Cruz...

  'All art is biographical to a certain extent…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Agnes Obel...

  'The main income source for musicians has disappeared...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots...

  'I have limits as a singer and as a songwriter...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Timber Timbre on the release of Creep On Creepin' On...

  'It's common for young artists to fetishise rural aestheticism…'

 

CultureCritic interviews director Lucy Bailey...

  'I wanted my Julius Caesar to be sexy.…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Femi Kuti...

  'If my father hadn't done what he did, I would be very naïve...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Palme d'Or-winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul...

  'I always feel like an outsider in Thailand…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Gaspar Noé on Enter the Void...

  'It's really for people who get stoned…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Lothar Koenigs...

'Nothing will replace live performance…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Max Richter...

  'All music is about other music…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Bassekou Kouyate...

  'My goal is to see young people playing the ngoni, not the guitar...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Jeremy Dyson, writer of Ghost Stories...

   'Getting a laugh and getting a scream are very similar…'

 

CultureCritic interviews celebrated author Jane Smiley...

  'I tell stories of women, and I take them seriously…'

 

CultureCritic interviews Liars...

  'Everything in L.A is familiar and disturbing…'

 

CultureCritic interviews conceptual heroes Art & Language...

  'We are not simple postmodernist rummagers...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Yeasayer's Ira Tuton Wolf...

  'I grew up listening to the Peter Gabriel hits...'

 

CultureCritic interviews Spike Jonze and Max Records on Where the Wild Things Are...

  'Chris Cunningham was very encouraging...'