Pop Culture
Mar 21, 2022, 06:28AM

But Doesn’t Everybody?

A 1998 Interview Magazine interview with conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama vs. a 202o Tone Glow interview with musician/bandleader Angel Bat Dawid.

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Yayoi Kusama: The idea was to obliterate individuals and contain them in the eternal world.

Angel Bat Dawid: And then they start crying. They resist it. They’re young.

Kusama: They couldn’t catch us. Not for the last ten years.

Dawid: I chose to live and exist in that type of paradigm.

Kusama: You can neither die nor live with ease. But doesn’t everybody?


Dawid: Can we change that?

Kusama: Very often. Even now.

Dawid: Period. But the thing is that we have to talk about this stuff.

Kusama: And the opening party was a lot of fun, with so many young artists coming to talk to me.

Dawid: This was in the Netherlands and we were heading to our Airbnb.


Kusama: In front of the statue of Alice in Wonderland in Central Park, and on Wall Street, and in front of the Statue of Liberty.

Dawid: That experience was also jarring because Bahia is supposed to be the Blackest part of Brazil.

Kusama: I suddenly imagined it, and was driven by the urge to make it.

Dawid: Yeah, and you know what? (Laughs) I’m busy, busy.

Kusama: But I’m so busy that I can’t even think of dying. That was part of the show. This is the sea bottom and these luminous things are living creatures.


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