Im Hof der Hafenstraße 76
I: What did you see until now and what impressions stay in our mind from the documenta?
M: We are here for two days, I came here with colleagues from work, from Ljubljana in Slovenia, first we saw the church [St. Kunigundis], I don’t know the names of the locations, so you have to excuse me for that. The pool area, the bath house [Hallenbad Ost], those have been awesome. I can’t say enough good things about them. In the bath house I loved the prints, because I work in a printing studio, so it is my thing. And in the church I loved the fact that it is a bit morbid atmosphere, because I am familiar with it – I like the horror. But otherwise we saw most of the bigger venues, in the city centre. Most of them yesterday, because today it is quite full of people, because of the last weekend. Luckily, we got around the lines.
I: If you came all the way from Ljubljana, you might have known something about the documenta before. What is your overall impression of documenta, this one, but also before?
M: The thing is, that I jumped in the last minute, because one of our curators couldn’t come. Otherwise he would be here. But I was expecting much more physical works. Something like … not a statue … usually if you think – at least me – of art you think of an object, something that you do not even have to read about, that at least stimulates you to a degree. But there is a lot of objects that basically is word-based, concept-based. It’s quite a lot of reading about. Every project is for itself. When you go from a room to a room, and you … there is a gazillion of them – it is hard on your brain and hard on your body as well. You go from project to project, and just as you into one idea, one thinking, of one group or collective, you jump into another one. And often it is about quiet a heavy subject. I don’t know, like worker rights, or death or some fight for something. So it’s a bit exhausting in that regard, at least to me. I’d love to see more physical objects-type art, but maybe I’m old in that regard. I am not the one to say what art should be but that art is closer to me basically.
I: What is your favorite cultural or leisure-time activity?
M: It goes hand in hand: My hobby, my interest also became my work. I work in a print-making studio in Ljubljana. I run it basically. I love the print scene, I love the people around it. Otherwise I love music. Punk, Hardrock. I’m into the alternative scene, I love the squat scene. I try to support that in our region. I like to think community-oriented: Not what is good world-based, I would try to make the world better for the people around me. I do not say I do not care about other people, I just feel a bit overreached to think “Let’s help the world!” So that and music, alternative scene, art. Of course I love to support people around me, visit different shows.