Thursday, October 10, 2019
In Frieze Sean Burns interviews artist Roger Hiorns.
SB What’s the significance of Heidegger’s Being and Time in your work for Atonal?
RH Around 2009, I was reasonably isolated on a residency in Saché, France, at the sculptor Alexander Calder’s house and studio. In this arch modernist’s house, I became fascinated by a number of books, but two in particular were key: Eric Rhodes’s Psychotic Metaphysics (1994) and Heidegger’s Being and Time. Both works are famously complicated. Rhodes’s book is the exploration of the mind’s journey into psychosis and depression, explored through obscurantist mythologies. Heidegger’s has a circularity and a movement in its reading, transitioning from clarity to a complete burial of sense. I read parts of this book at the same as time listening to UC Berkeley professor Hubert Dreyfus’s Philosophy 185 Heidegger lectures – his focus on the philosophy of AI and themes around the embodied mind and the computational mind.
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