Luca Curci talks with Timespecific aka Isolde Kille, during MIXING IDENTITIES, the third appointment of CANVAS ART FAIR, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Isolde Kille is a contemporary German-American artist known for her experimental approach working in painting, photography, installation and video/film. “I like to invent materials”, she explains, “I think it is part of my job, to invent new techniques”. Born in Westphalia, Germany, she studied at the Art academies in Dresden and Berlin and holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, Isolde Kille was involved in several independent art initiatives, including ‘241’, an art magazine that helped the launch of Kille’s career, gaining on her the attention of galleries, collectors and curators in Germany. Most notable, ‘241’ brought Kille into a dialogue with the international art community and inspired her to travel to New York. Feeling more creatively liberated in the United States, in 1998 Kille made New York her home, and embarked on a productive period that would mark her maturation as an artist. In 2020 she created the online art channel Timespecific featuring international artists investigating the practice of art-making in the natural setting of their environments. TIMESPECIFIC is an artist-driven experiment initiated by the artist at the beginning of March 2020 during the time of the international pandemic. Artists are invited to submit works and artistic interventions that reflect our current conditions in order to establish a visual memory in time and examine interactive processes to share artworks and the artistic process online.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Isolde Kille – For me personally, Art is an ongoing dialog with my inner self, from past till future, my current environment. Art as media such as Timespecific can create awareness of our current problems, as well as new networks and social consciousness. Art is a form of discovery to me. It is an inner and outer journey.
LC – What are you currently working on?
IK – As director and curator of Timespecific I am in dialog with a selected spectrum of international artists, discussing how the artistic process can be shared online and create new networks to support the artistic process. As an artist myself, I am currently developing a new film titled “The Future Is Intimate” documenting ocean environments while connecting my inner and outer journey to create a new sensibility of interconnectedness to our thoughts and environments.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IK – In stillness.
LC – What is your creative process like?
IK – Experimental close-up, connecting ideas intuitively to actions in time and space.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your video works?
IK – The sound.
LC – What is the message linked to the video work you have shown in this exhibition?
IK – “Choreography In Time And Space” is Timespecific’s first collaborative film project. 36 artists from Germany, Latvia, Indonesia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, and the US contributed their individual video scenes. It is a collage in film in order to offer important clues for understanding the microcosm that each artist is describing in their own visual language during the time of the international pandemic.
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
IK – The film “Choreography In Time And Space” is mixing identities of individual artists, subsuming ego to a collective effort. It is a new form, a new canvas, to create art in a collective. “Choreography In Time And Space” can also be seen as a multi-authorized document in time to create a new form of exchange among artists.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
IK – So far, I had wonderful communications with Giulia Tassi and appreciate her professionalism.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
IK – Hopefully.