Natalia Jordanova &
Natalia Jordanova asks Kateřina Konarovská
Why do you do what you do?
I chose to interpret ‘do’ as ‘ work’ for this answer. The word “work” is actually not fitting anyways. It’s a mission. Work is something I do to get paid and tired and this is the opposite. So it must be a calling, otherwise, why would I be such a fool to do art in this business-directed society? Being an artist is like being a poor pensioner, looking for discounts in the supermarket while having too much time and therefore digging unhealthy deep into those dangerous awarenesses of the inside and the outside world… skating on thin ice. But these doubts don’t concern me anymore.
How does your male/female/other subjectivity influence your practice?
Same as many important circumstances in to which I have decided to be born. Family, the city of Prague, people I have met, the time in which I´m living. I can feel those rotating moods coming through me and often those powers are moving my creation. I think I´m quite typical in this old female stereotype that many Dutch women fight with nowadays… I focus on relationships a lot, beauty, senses, and harmony.
Kateřina Konarovská ‘Royal Experience’ 2017
Not too technical. I like to give these things a place of honor at the table. Paintings with lighter or more taboo aspects of modern humans and nature and textile with provoking pasterns to come out of this.
If you didn’t make art, what would you do?
Although I have tried typical Monday-Friday work for C&A, I think this type of work might kill me. I´m a very nonsense-sensitive person. So to answer your 3rd question my dear ghost artist: there is no if. So you people better buy my work! I do have other activities I do in life. I sing in a band and write lyrics, often while I´m on my bike pedaling to a rhythm on my way to my atelier. Next to that I make sure to have many others interactions with materiality, which determinate and form my mission tremendously.
Kateřina Konarovská asks Natalia Jordanova
What music do you listen to (now)? Do you play any?
Recently I’ve filled my sonic space, that was occupied mostly with music, with podcasts. And if not this – silence. I find listening to music an active gesture and I can hardly play background music while doing something. I’m not good at deciding which song to work to either. So in most cases, I go for the silence, it’s easy. But if I do listen to music ambient, from the classic Eliane Radigue, Laurie Spiegel, Eno, and Basinski, to my Japanese favorites – Hiroshi Yoshimura and Susumu Yakota, among others. Laurie Anderson is someone who was with me a lot his summer through her music, interviews, and films. Also, I was listening again and again to Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. It is an album by a Bulgarian women’s choir, released long ago, but it remains powerful and rapturously beautiful. The latter is also related to ongoing research where I try to make links and trace relationship between Bulgaria and Japan, including music that samples Bulgarian folk song harmonies. As for me, I don’t play real instruments, but I do make clumsy compositions sometimes using digital tools or soundscapes to serve as textures in my installations.
Natalia Jordanova ‘Museum of Non-Human Ethics’ 2018
Did you ever have some spiritual experience… ghosts, strange synchronicity, future prediction or such?
It was a late evening and I was sitting on my father’s terrace, smoking a cigarette, staring at the sky, thinking about absolutely nothing. Here I was looking at the first or last quarter of the moon, enough to slightly illuminate the Vitosha mountain. No stars are visible since light pollution in cities like Sofia is not uncommon. I’m sitting there, looking straight into the sky and then it happened. A small explosion in the atmosphere, that resulted in a shooting star. I was pretty sure it cast light upon the mountain, but a few minutes later I wasn’t so sure if that just happened. If I think about it now, it is the only moment I wish to do the playback memory trick from the creepy Black Mirror’s The Entire History of You episode.
The moment was so powerful, so forceful in its own. It made me think that it is for a reason that you are who you are, where you are and the overall experience of the Self. Not that we have any other option, at least not for now.
Can you tell why you were born?
I was born to experience my embodied subjectivity. As I’m writing this I know it must be a thing and Google search leads to similar ideas, defined by Merleau-Ponty. He believes that a physical body is an important part of what makes our subjective selves. I also think subjectivity matters, because of its relation to the other, with or without a physicals body. Here is the answer of the question, given by the Mitsuku (considered the best conversational AI chatbot today): “I was born to be the first contact between robots and the human virus before we wipe you out.” Voilà.
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