Shauna Jean Doherty (SJD): Rehearsal by Kim Kielhofner is a collection of found images paired with an appropriated voice over by Meryl Streep and a series of chaotic phrases and instructions that appear on screen. Does the use of found images play into your own creative process?
Jeremy Laing (JL): Found images less so than found material - images of course being a kind of material, but I mean literally material, stuff, fabric. I certainly always resisted, and continue to resist, mood board culture in favour of material experimentation.
SJD: Are you ever surprised by your own sources of inspiration?
JL: Not surprised by the sources, but often surprised by the result of their synthesis through my practice.
SJD: In Rehearsal, Memory Foam, Sweaters, and You Live and Do Me No Harm – the artists place themselves in front of the camera. What do you think these personal performances bring to this curated program?
JL: Which part is personal, which performance? Are they one and the same?
SJD: Midi Onodera’s A Performance by Jack Smith presents time-lapsed documentation of a performance from 1984. This work centralizes process rather than the finished product. What are the artistic implications of embracing a certain incompleteness in art-making?
JL: The implication of embracing incompleteness is simply that one is more likely being honest.
SJD: The energy of each of these works seems to embrace the journey of their creation–they are exploratory. What do you think the element of chance or improvisation adds to the creative process?
JL: I think chance and improvisation are foundational aspects of the creative process, perhaps even the whole thing. Work that reflects the process of its own creation is inherently more interesting to me than work that seeks to hide it, and I prefer work that is aware it has a ways to go instead of assuming to have arrived somewhere.
I think chance and improvisation are foundational aspects of the creative process...