Latham, John, 1921-2006. (13 of 18). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1998-03-26 and 1998-04-06 and 1999-02-19 and 2000-07-18

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    Interviewer's home, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Latham, John, 1921-2006 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Steveni, Barbara, 1928- (speaker, female), Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 13. John Latham (JL) talks about his future plans including O & I (Organisation & Imagination) and its difference from APG and its possibilities for the new generation of artists. In this discussion he identifies the artist as one who could bring radically new insights to major political, social and environmental problems. A goes on to discuss the relationship and value of word and object as well as the way he is often misinterpreted including in the work by John Walker. A refers to his disillusionment with the quality of every type of cultural activity today and his feeling that postmodernism has been a disaster. He ends the tape with a brief reference to John Cage, the art/physics debate, and the relevance of the sinking of the Bismarck as a paradigm of chance forces which he illustrates with a contemporary account using information recorded from the Prinz Eugen and highlighting the importance of the Prince of Wales in the action.

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