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Writer Jamaica Kincaid: When I Am Writing | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: In this content, the speaker expresses their dislike for rules and structures in writing. They believe that sentences and paragraphs with proper grammar are unbearable, and that they don't see sentences when they write. They mention that stories with a beginning and end, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, don't interest them as much as the Bible, which has sentences that flow without clear beginnings and endings. The speaker doesn't care about pleasing the reader and feels that the craft of writing is better left unwritten about. They also mention their preference for poetry and using sentence length and structure to convey character traits. Overall, they have their own unique approach to writing that deviates from traditional conventions.

“When I read things like ‘The art of the sentence' or ‘The craft of the essay', I just want to throw up“. Antiguan-American novelist Jamaica Kincaid shares her thoughts on writing.

“The proper sentence I find unbearable. I am a law-abiding citizen, but when it comes to writing…” begins Jamaica Kincaid, speaking about her work, which often avoids a more traditional narrative. Kincaid doesn't like rules about how to work, and by all laws, there are exciting examples of the opposite: “You mustn't begin a sentence with a conjunction (being ‘but' and ‘and'). Well, the Bible is nothing but sentences beginning with conjunctions – and, and, and. And to me it is a very significant thing,” she says.

“The sentence, the paragraph, and the comma are a very good thing for Chekhov or his translators and probably for every writer, except for me,” Kincaid says, mentioning the Russian writer often considered the master of prose. “First of all, I don't see a sentence when I am writing about something whether it is a feeling or an object, which has no beginning and no end. When a stone stops, it only stops there temporarily. It was coming from somewhere, and it is made up of some elements and for me, when I am writing, when I am in my own head, things are not so much like Chekhov. “

Jamaica Kincaid prefers classics that do not tell stories in the traditional sense with a beginning, a middle and an end: “Does the Illiad have a beginning and an end? Not really. What people like is the story of the Odyssey, which I don't like very much at all. But I love the Illiad, I love the Bible. The great thing about the conjunction is that it picks up: The thing that came before didn't end, and the thing that is going to be, doesn't end, so it goes and goes. The structure that people impose on the novel and short story, that structure is for the comfort of commerce. And the commerce is the reader. I wish I could please the reader more, so I could be more successful, but I just don't know how to do it. When I am writing I am not interested in the reader at all, I don't know who will read it. I don't care,“ Kincaid concludes.

Jamaica Kincaid (born 1949) is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She was born in St. Johns, Antigua, in the Caribbean. At 16, she settled in New York after leaving Antigua to work as an au pair, then studied photography at the New York School for Social Research and attended Franconia College in New Hampshire. Around 1973 she changed her name from Elaine Potter Richardson into Jamaica Kincaid, partly because she wanted anonymity for her writing. She was a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine from 1974-to 96. Kincaid published her first book ‘At the Bottom of the River', a collection of short stories, in 1983. Her first novel ‘Annie John' appeared in 1985 – the story of a 10-year-old growing up in Antigua. The novel 'Lucy' came in 1990. ‘The Autobiography of my Mother' (1996) is a novel set in Dominica and told by a 70-year-old woman looking back on her life. ‘A Small Place' (1988) is a short book about the effects of colonialism. Kincaid published more books about gardening, including ‘My Garden (2000). Her novel ‘See Now Then' (2013) won the Before Columbus Foundation America Book Award in 2014. Jamaica Kincaid is often mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in literature.

Jamaica Kincaid was interviewed by Danish writer Merete Pryds Helle in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2021 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

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Edit: Jarl Kaldan
Produced by Christian Lund
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José Andrés on the Healing Power of Food | Biscuits & Jam | Season 5 | Episode 1

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SUMMARY: In this episode of “Biscuits and Jam” hosted by Sid Evans, Jose Andres, a renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, discusses his love for food, his culinary journey, and the work of his organization. They talk about the recently released World Central Kitchen cookbook and the significance of hospitality. Jose shares stories of his experiences in various disaster-stricken areas where he fed survivors and the importance of taking risks to create positive change. He also touches on the power of food to bring people together and foster empathy. The episode concludes with a discussion on the dangers of his work and his new graphic novel, “Feeding Dangerously.”

José Andrés was born and raised in Spain and has brought his love of Spanish cuisine to successful restaurants in New York City and Washington DC. While he now has dozens of dining establishments in a host of different cities, what really sets him apart is the work he's done with World Central Kitchen. Founded in 2010 in response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, World Central Kitchen has gone on to feed survivors of hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires all around the world, as well as countless people traumatized by war.
In this episode, José talks to Sid about the many kitchens of his childhood, how cooking for those in peril is both an act of relief and a chance to learn, and how longer tables are perhaps the closest thing to a perfect place on Earth.

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Writer Eva Menasse: A Force Bigger Than Me | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: This content discusses various aspects, including the themes of surveillance and human behavior, the significance of historical research in writing fiction, the author's use of dark wit in their writing, the importance of literature in interpreting human actions, the author's personal background and their approach to speaking out, concerns about the erosion of democratic values due to ideological extremism and technology, the dangers of digitalization and social media, the limitations of clear differentiation and the need for forgiveness and generosity in society, the role of art and the current challenges it faces in terms of censorship and moralization.

“Literature is forever. It's eternal.”

German author and journalist Eva Menasse about her acclaimed novel Darkenbloom, the need to speak up publicly and defend democracy against old and new enemies.

“Journalism or history has to stick with the facts and cannot interpret people's actions. This is what only literature or art can do. They bring these characters alive. This is what triggers me when I write fiction.”

The novel Darkenbloom circles around two historical events – the fall of the Iron Curtain in the fall of 1989 and a war crime in the Austrian town Rechnitz, close to the Austrian-Hungarian border, taking place at the end of the Second World War.

“I was a very shy person, but I think I was always determined, and this sense of outspokenness that people link up with me is just; it has some family roots. My father was a refugee as a child, and he had to emigrate to the United Kingdom at the age of eight years, where he was not allowed to speak German on the streets because, during war times, it was dangerous. When he returned, he rather did not talk about his past as a refugee child because, in these years right after the war, everybody wanted you to forget the past. So, he did not make a fuss about his particular life story. My brother and I were completely the opposite. We used to speak out as soon as we were able to publish, as soon as we were accepted as writers. I think we are making up at some point for what happened to our father.”

To Eva Menasse, it is essential to engage in social and political discussions beyond the realm of literature.

“When I'm participating in discussions, I always speak out as a citizen and part of our democracy. I really think that we are living in dangerous times, not only because of climate change but also because technology might be eating us up.”

“It is an interesting question if art can help understand these developments because art itself has become the goal of discussion. There's a lot: ‘Is this allowed or should this be prohibited in the arts? Should we cover up naked women?' These questions were discussed by the feminists in the 70s. And in the 70s, they said: ‘No, we should not cover up naked women. We should also show naked men.' Nowadays, it's the other way around. And this is frightening.”

Eva Menasse (b. 1970 in Vienna) is an Austrian author and journalist. She has studied history and German literature and is the sister of the known writer Robert Menasse. Menasse had a successful career as a journalist, writing for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt and as a correspondent from Prague and Berlin. She left the paper to write her first novel, Vienna, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in the UK. Her acclaimed novel Darkenbloom will be published in the UK in the autumn of 2024. In November 2023, she published an essay on digitalisation, social media and the state of the public debate Alles und nichts sagen. Vom Zustand der Debatte in der Digitalmoderne.

Eva Menasse has received numerous awards: The Gerty Spies Prize for Literature, the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, the Jonathan Swift Prize, the Austrian Book Prize, the Bruno Kreisky Prize, and the Jakob Wassermann Literature prize. She was also a writer-in-residence in Mainz and a fellow at the Villa Massimo in Rome. Eva Menasse is also increasingly active as an essayist, for which she received the Ludwig Börne Prize in 2019. She lives in Berlin and is a founding member and, together with Deniz Yücel, spokesperson for PEN Berlin, launched in 2022.

Eva Menasse was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in August 2023. took place during the festival Louisiana Literature at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

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Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
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Marina Abramović & Ulay: On Performance and Reperformance | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: The content discusses the concept of legacy in the context of performance art. The speaker believes that their own legacy in performance art may not have been created yet, and that it is ultimately determined by others. They emphasize the importance of reperformance and training young performers to create transformative experiences for the audience. The speaker also discusses the limitations of other art forms, such as photography and , compared to the living form of art that is performance. They express their initial rejection of reperformance but later recognize its acceptance in the art world. The speaker promotes the idea of integrating the audience into the performance and creating a supportive community around it.

”Performance art is a living form of art.” – Marina Abramović

After 30 years, the legendary performance artists Marina Abramović and the late Ulay agreed to come together, for the first time on camera, for a raw, honest, and unfiltered conversation about their art, life, and legacy. Among the things they discuss are the resurrection of performance art and the concept of re-performing past pieces.

Marina Abramović and Ulay reflect on the practical aspects and challenges of re-performing their iconic works, shedding light on the evolving landscape of performance art.

When confronted with the question of who could effectively re-perform their pieces, Ulay initially rejected the idea of re-performing his pieces. He recalls: “At one stage, you called me, and you said, ‘Listen, I want to re-perform three or four of our former pieces, which can be you?' Do you remember what I said? 'Me, I would have done it. I would have done it without restrictions or regret.' And then you said, 'No, no, no, no.'”

Despite Ulay's reservations, Marina Abramović and Ulay's performance pieces have been re-performed in several institutions, including MoMA in New York and Louisiana Museum in Denmark.

Reflecting on the live-ness as the core of performance art, Marina Abramović makes a statement about how the performer heavily influences the piece:

“Re -performance is like performing a good Bach: you can have a lousy guy who performs a Bach that is so terrible, you just want to sleep, or you can have an amazing charismatic performer who gives you something new because he's giving his own input into this work. It's the same with young performers. They have to be trained, they have to be handled well, and when they really perform, if they have this charisma, it's a transformative experience.”

The video is an excerpt from the Louisiana Channel documentary ‘No Predicted End': https://youtu.be/9OnmjKWPEjQ

Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen, b.1943 – d.2020) was a German artist, who was based in Amsterdam, Holland, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ulay received international recognition for his work as a photographer, mainly in Polaroid, from the late 1960s, and later as a performance artist, including his collaborative performances with Marina Abramović from 1976 to 1988. His work has continuously dealt with politics, identity, and gender. In 2016 Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, held the first major retrospective show of his work ‘Ulay Life-Sized.' In 2020 the Stedelijk Museum held the largest-ever, and first international post-humous, retrospective exhibition of his work ‘Ulay Was Here.' Marina

Abramović (b. 1946) was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and is now based in New York. She began her work as a performance artist in the early 1970s and is now regarded as one of the most important artists in the field. Her work explores the relationship between the performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Her retrospective ‘The Artist is Present' at MoMA, New York, in 2010 gave her a wide international breakthrough. In 2017 the retrospective exhibition ‘The Cleaner' was shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, among other places in Europe. Marina Abramović is set to have a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, the first-ever UK exhibition spanning her life's work.

Marina Abramović and Ulay were interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in upstate New York at Marina Abramović's home over ten days in August 2018 for the film ‘No Predicted End.'

Directed, edited, and produced by Kasper Bech Dyg
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Additional Camera: Kasper Bech Dyg
Music: Simon Dokkedal Sound
Mix: Torsten Larsen
Colour Grading: Klaus Elmer
Graphic Design: Louisiana Design Studio

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