Norman Mine

13 July 2020

Featured in Deptford X: 2019

What are you reading at the moment? 

The Human Province by Elias Canetti

What does a typical day look like for you?

Early morning is the most important part of my day, together with a hot cup of coffee I am making plans for the day. The challenge is always to try to have a balance between finding enough things to occupying my time, yet not feeling the pressure of achievement throughout it.

Describe your studio/workspace

At this very moment, my studio space is my bedroom where I began filming myself through different times of the day and activities. It is interesting how much space you think to know well, becomes foreign to you as you spent more time within it. It’s a different way to approach your domestic space.

Where do your best ideas come from?

These days I do not feel much inspired. I think it’s ok not to be inspired all the time. At this very moment, I am trying to understand how to place my view as a human being within what is happening around the world.

If Tate called you tomorrow and invited you to make work for the Turbine Hall, what would it be?

Maybe give the space to art students for their final year show? A good way to contextualise the way creativity meets ambition of success?

What is helping you the most during this time?/Plug your next show! 

Perhaps I am a bit skeptical when it comes to social media as a platform to share thoughts and ideas simply because things can be easily broadcasted without been necessary experienced – desensitizes communication of all kinds between self-promotion and popularity. However, at this time I understand the importance of using these platforms to communicate and create awareness. My advice would be to remember the importance of sharing onto these platforms’ our personal experiences and thoughts about what is happening right now to create the kind of conversation helpful to make changes in real life and not only through the virtual realm and academics field.



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