Sculpture and architecture in dialogue: a conversation with Diana Thater
In interview, the American video artist Diana Thater discusses her work and working ideas. She comments on the role of bees in Knots and Surfaces (2001; illus.), with reference to mathematician Barbara Shipman's theories, and on her use of images of dolphins in Delphine (2000; illus.), considers her use of hexagonal shapes, her perception of installation as an art form situated between sculpture and architecture, and studies the relationship between her work and that of Nam June Paik, Les Levine, Ira Schneider, and Frank Gillette. She explores the importance to her work of numerical and neo-structuralist themes, describes her editing techniques with reference to Knots + Surfaces and The Best Animals are the Flat Animals (1998; illus.) and The Best Space is the Deep Space (1998; illus.), and focuses on the influence of Lewis Carroll and Robert Bresson, her primary concern of transformation, and her assessment of the installation as an art form.