Latham, John, 1921-2006. (16 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

  • Recording locations

    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 16. (18th July 2000) John Latham (JL), talks about the very different working environment and support systems that he and the scientists operate from in which he is much more vulnerable. He discusses his relationship with the Imperial scientists, describing what he imagines might happen if the NESTA funding were forthcoming. Barbara Steveni enters the discussion with a direct request for recognition for what she calls her 'eureka' moment re the founding of APG, and specifically her idea of a change in the artist's role in society. JL acknowledges BS's initiative but goes on to talk about the process he had to go through in relation to his role as an artist and as a theorist before he could commit himself to 'tangling' with industry and commerce. BS expands on her gut instincts about the idea that became the APG project, insisting that in her view she was not applying JL's time based theory, but on the contrary the strategy that evolved became a good host to the theory, rather than the theory being the. father of the project. She makes it clear that this is a continuing tussle between them. JL asks if without theory they would have had enough momentum to survive, siting the failure of well funded initiatives that bore some resemblance to APG?

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