+ Human beings have always been creative. The
guys who were making the pyramids.. and archaeological
research has showed us this.. had little figurines
made by the workers, to express their devotion
to their god.
+ When you make a video of fire and of water,
the resonance is incredible.. a flowing stream
interpreted by flowing electrons. I was drawn
to water intuitively, with a camera in my hand..
drawn to its pulsing waves and undulating surfaces,
and of course, optically to the images it reflected.
+ When I started in video I was one of two or
three dozen video artists in 1970. And now, to
paraphrase Andy Warhol, everyone's a video artist.
Video, through your cellphone and camcorder, has
become a form of speech, and speech is not James
Joyce. It's great, and to be celebrated, but it
has to find its own level.
+ For the Persian
poet Rumi, each human life is analogous to
a bowl floating on the surface of an infinite
ocean. As it moves along, it is slowly filling
with the water around it. That's a metaphor for
the acquisition of knowledge. When the water in
the bowl finally reaches the same level as the
water outside, there is no longer any need for
the container, and it drops away as the inner
water merges with the outside water. We call this
the moment of death. That analogy returns to me
over and over as a metaphor for ourselves.
+ Technology's not going to change the number
of geniuses in the world, but there has been a
whole middle zone of quite talented people who
don't have that superhuman gift. Some of the lounge
pianists I've heard are pretty good. They're not
going to play Carnegie Hall, but they're pretty
+ Dawn and sunset are the times when Nature herself
is unstable and in flux. The nocturnal world and
the daytime world are meeting, and for a brief
time coexisting. It's not a neat hard cut, but
a blurred, irregular dissolve. These moments are
the seams in existence through which we can get
a glimpse of the deeper, fundamentally random,
chance workings of a system in which we are only
a small, insignificant player.
+ I like to keep the meanings in my work flowing