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Behind the 8-ball: Rirkrit Tiravanija

With the relaunch of the Walker print calendar as the more magaziney Walker in April, we’ve given more prominence to our Q & A column, 8-Ball. Made up of eight questions of varying import, the column has featured a range of artists, from Minneapolis painter Frank Gaard to queer performance icon Peggy Shaw to turntablist-artist […]

With the relaunch of the Walker print calendar as the more magaziney Walker in April, we’ve given more prominence to our Q & A column, 8-Ball. Made up of eight questions of varying import, the column has featured a range of artists, from Minneapolis painter Frank Gaard to queer performance icon Peggy Shaw to turntablist-artist Christian Marclay. The current issue features Rirkrit Tiravanija (whose work is on view for another week at the Serpentine as well as in our exhibition Urban Cocktail), but, alas, for a guy like him, eight questions wasn’t enough.

So, with eight more from Rirkrit, I hereby launch an occasional blog feature, Behind the 8-Ball, where I’ll reveal additional answers to this Q&A as well as any noteworthy stories that might seem… uh, worthy of note.

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

When, at the age of five years old, my shoe string fell off.

What’s your most vivid memory from childhood?

Learning to tie my shoe strings.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Chastity.

What was your most character-building experience?

Learning to tie the shoe string.

What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?

Super-8 film, 16mm film and marmite.

They say dogs and their owners tend to look alike. What kind of dog would you own?

A Chow Chow.

What artists would you like to collaborate with?

Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Broodthaers, Andy Warhol, Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta Clark.

What are you obsessing about these days?

Fly fishing.

(And, yes, that is the image the artist submitted.)