Pop Culture
Nov 19, 2016, 08:05AM

You Can’t Just Be in Your Head

A 2016 BOMB magazine interview with artist Gillian Wearing vs. a 2015 Fresh Air interview with musician Richard Carpenter.

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Gillian Wearing: When I was young, I was just stumbling into things, whether they worked out or not.

Richard Carpenter: There's no intro, no outro, no arrangement.

Wearing: Everything is dislodged and slightly off kilter.

Carpenter: I mean, it was a very effective commercial.

Wearing: Yeah. It’s all very twisted. It was in 1994.


Carpenter: At the same time, I don’t really know.

Wearing: The only thing I cared about was what I dressed like, and going to the right parties and clubs.

Carpenter: You know, it was a brocaded vest, long sleeves, garter on the arm, a straw hat. Why would I like it? They signed us.

Wearing: But putting each other’s words in their mouths said so much more about how complicated and also contradictory, how filled with love and hate relationships are.

Carpenter: So there are three of them overdubbed, playing in unison.


Wearing: What people fear more than anything is silence.

Carpenter: Well, you know, I was a little kid.

Wearing: You can’t just be in your head.

Carpenter: Oh, aesthetically, it's not even practical.

Wearing: Maybe I saw things that would not be allowed on television under other circumstances.


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