"What drives me is curiosity: have I done it before? Is there something to learn or some aspect in my curiosity [that] will be sated? Coming to Australia and having this experience relates to that."
To try to characterise my work [is] always a little embarrassing. I do think that [there is] a sense of evoking delight. When I was a kid, theatrical magic was one of my interests - to do a trick and surprise someone. Sometimes the principle or the gadget is so simple but it’s just very clever how these things can have an impact. So humour, not just for laughs, but for that sense of delight and surprise. That's at the core of the things that I enjoy in my personal life and then in my work life [I ask] how can we surprise someone or bring them a sense of mirth.
A salon on the blockchain
Striking while the iron's hot
"The idea that there would be art generated by an AI doesn't seem possible to me because art is all about exploring new ideas."
And AI, by its definition, is just churning around all the things that have been and anticipating what is likely. I'm not interested in AI-generated work. But I did some stuff where I said, ‘oh, write a song about this, this, and this’, and it found these remarkable rhymes that would take a lot of work for a team of people to figure out. So to me, that's just a remarkable tool to tap into, if you needed that service… I haven't used it deeply, but I think it's here to stay and I see it as a tool in service of the artists and I embrace it.
A once in a lifetime collaboration
And a looming legacy
"You also think a little more urgently. I only have so much time to do things that matter to me."
It's curious because, as I mentioned, I'm predisposed to be like, ‘hey, I haven't done that. I'll try that.’ Sometimes you find yourself [thinking] ‘well, where am I after exploring all these things and what does it all add up to?’ Somebody might say, ‘oh, I like your work’ and my brain will be thinking, ‘well they talking about [TV series] Mozart In The Jungle? Are they talking about maybe a film I made, or a music video? Maybe it's something I've done with Wes? Oh, maybe it's this record I made’, whatever. It points to [the question of] well, ‘what does it all add up to?’ And that's what legacy is about. I guess I'm beginning to think about that.