“No other object changes life as dramatically as a car.” – Erwin Wurm

“No other object changes life as dramatically as a car.” Interview with the acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, who has created an automobile that seems to come straight out of a comic strip.

Erwin Wurm (b. 1954) is an Austrian artist known for his humorous approach to formalism. Since the late 1980s he has been working on ‘One Minute Sculptures’, placing people in unexpected relationships with everyday objects. In this video, Wurm is interviewed while sitting in his sculpture ‘Renault 25’.

The car is a unique object because it protects us and defines us at the same time, he says. The sculpture ‘Renault 25’ mimics a classic comic book demonstration of speed distorting the car. This distortion of a well known object will change people’s perception of it and make them laugh. Changing the content of an object introduces us to a kind of parallel world.

The basis of all Wurms sculptures is “an idea of art,” he says. In this case, the sculpture is intended as an ode to the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and his book on film theory ‘Cinéma I: L’image-mouvement’ from 1983, like the Renault 25.

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Erwin Wurm was interviewed by Synne Rifbjerg, journalist at Danish newspaper Weekendavisen.
Camera: Troels Kahl
Music by: Quadron
Produced by: Troels Kahl and Synne Rifbjerg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012

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