Arts & Culture
Orlando Museum of Art acquires Nick Cave's "Soundsuit, 2011"
The Chicago multimedia artist is known for towering, transformative works.
Published: October 24, 2012
OW: And it's sort of an effort to blur age, gender, race?
NC: That comes through it being the Soundsuit – therefore it is sort of a second skin that covers the entire body. That being said, gender, race and class is irrelevant. What you're forced to look at is work without judgment. We tend to categorize everything, and here, I don't think you can. I think you're sort of confronted with this sort of otherness, this hybrid of sorts, and that's when this sort of dialogue or new way of thinking comes about.
OW: You said something earlier about quantifying, whether it's fashion or performance, and also the same thing with human beings, whether it's race, gender or whatever. I didn't know whether there was a correlation in trying to keep that sort of ambiguity.
NC: Yes, that's exactly what I want to do, just keep it in that space where the conversation remains open. We can talk about multiple things. It's not linear.
OW: Because quantifying things seems limiting.
NC: Very, very much so.
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