#170 Olivier de Sagazan

Olivier de Sagazan (b. 1959, Republic of the Congo)
Transfiguration, 1998-

Performance. Transformation. Destabilisation of identity.
All good stuff.


#169 Stefan Peterson

Stefan Peterson (Sweden)
Dancing with myself, 2016

He wants to convince his wife that he’s not just a boring office guy, so he goes dancing naked in the woods taking pictures of himself.

Such a lovely non sequitur and a very productive way to enact something with very economic means, also exploring body movement, odd locations, sound and its absence, still and moving image – a lot of components that I am also trying to combine.


#167 Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton (Australia)
Token Armies, 2019

Chunky Moves, Melbourne

Dance expanded.
Humans. Horse. Dog. Flowers. Props. Sounds. Lights. Ponchos. Audience.

Inspiring overriding of disciplinary boundaries.
Inspiring expansion of “what a dance (performance) could be”.
Inspiring volume of the space where there is no optimal vantage point from where you could see it all all the time – which ties into my current project on perspective.


#163 Nick Cave

Nick Cave (b. 1959, USA)
Soundsuit, 2012

I’ve been looking for more interesting ways to present my sound pieces, the last one ending up in crochet. That kind of makes connection to Cave’s soundsuits – body-related objects referencing sound.


#162 Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys (b. 1921, Germany – d. 1986)
How to explain pictures to a dead hare, 1965

It took me a while to put Beuys on the list. Not that I would be unaware of him or dislike his work, I simply did not see any intersection with what I am up to.

But since I’ve started to work on “How to explain colours to anti-plagiarism system” there is a strong enough connection to bring this work up.


#159 Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger (b. 1926, Germany – d. 2017)
Auto-Destructive Art, 1960

I am quite fascinated with stuff that self-destructs. Possibly, I am not even interested in destruction part per se. Destruction and construction are two sides of the same coin – you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. And I am curious about the creative potential of destruction. Both on conceptual and on physical level. What do you make when your focus is on unmaking?

Ideally, my graduation work would self-destruct from examiner’s examination of it.


#149 Bernar Venet

Bernar Venet (b. 1941, France)
Indeterminacy, 2014

To be able to do things like that after quitting from art… Awe…

I’ve done a couple of works on much smaller scale and of much smaller beauty that have certain resemblance with this.

But it is for his early conceptual works (after which he resigned from art, to come back a few years later) that I wanted to place him on my list – only that I could not find any relevant images. And I was surprised to find plenty of this… monumental, almost minimalist.

I find support to some of my thinking in his avoidance of subjectivity and exploration of the border – or the interface – between art and science.


#141 Jean Tinguely

Jean Tinguely (b. 1925, Switzerland – d. 1991)
Study for en End of the World, 1961

I did not anticipate Tinguely making my list as his kinetic sculptures do not really inspire my work. But I was not aware of the study for the end of the world. I do not even care much what the project entailed (although based on the image above it seems reasonable), I am happy with just the title. There is so much in it – wit, pessimism, sublimation, juxtaposition, reversal of anticipation, …


#132 Mark I. Chester

Mark I. Chester (USA)

…a performance where a pianist ends up tied up to his instrument.

Mark identifies as radical underground photo-artist and I am quite interested in exploring that space as well.


#130 Saburo Murakami

Saburo Murakami (b. 1925, Japan – d. 1996)

Body. Movement. Frame. Painting.

Or whatever. Odd combination of recognisable elements creates something that is difficult to categorise – and I like things that subvert too entrenched categories, provoking new thoughts and opening new horizons.