” My father had to flee from what is today Pakistan when he was a child, and he became a manager at IBM, and any item of consumption he would acquire was a direct measurement of his success in life. But that same equation wasn’t going to work for me – I was quite clear about that in my early teens. “


” The nature of my work is my subjectivity meshed with other people’s subjectivity. So there’s a correspondence with that… Even if you write about me, it will reflect on you, everything is a kind of weird collaboration. “


” One often forgets that even if art is a very successful field in contemporary culture, there are still a lot of people alienated by it. Even if people don’t fully understand where my work is coming from, at least there’s somebody who looks kind of sane standing in front of you and politely engaging with you. People react. “


” Attention is the material I work with. “


” For the general public, my work is sometimes easier than a painting because there is someone addressing you, it can actually be a relief. What’s interesting is the idea of a tourist randomly coming in and the experience they’ll have. “


” What my work is about is, ‘Can something that is not an inanimate object be considered valuable?’ “


” My work comes out of a deep psychological place, so it’s not like I’m Object Man at home. Theoretically, I’m not against objects, but, personally, I’m not comfortable attaching myself to them – I don’t seek them out. What you can say about my home is that it’s not very ambitious. “


” Photographs are two-dimensional. I work in four dimensions. “


” The people who are interested in my work – they’re quite far-out. “


” In preindustrial times, the idea of creating something was more related to your personality. Personality was something that you constructed, it’s something you had to actively develop and work on. Now personality is something that you have. “


” Material things are not helpful after a certain degree of saturation. So you turn to other products. I think that therapy is a product that can transform you. But why does it need to be packaged as a product? Why can’t I work on myself with my friends and family? “


” We package everything as a product so we can derive income from it. Then we can occupy ourselves with higher-order psychological lifestyle things. This is a very new issue. Money still matters, but other factors have joined the status game – like how interesting, how meaningful your work is. “



All 12 Tino Sehgal Quotes about Work in picture


My father had to flee from what is today Pakistan when he was a child, and he became a manager at IBM, and any item of consumption he would acquire was a direct measurement of his success in life. But that same equation wasn
The nature of my work is my subjectivity meshed with other people


One often forgets that even if art is a very successful field in contemporary culture, there are still a lot of people alienated by it. Even if people don
Attention is the material I work with.
For the general public, my work is sometimes easier than a painting because there is someone addressing you, it can actually be a relief. What
What my work is about is,
My work comes out of a deep psychological place, so it
Photographs are two-dimensional. I work in four dimensions.
The people who are interested in my work - they
In preindustrial times, the idea of creating something was more related to your personality. Personality was something that you constructed, it
Material things are not helpful after a certain degree of saturation. So you turn to other products. I think that therapy is a product that can transform you. But why does it need to be packaged as a product? Why can
We package everything as a product so we can derive income from it. Then we can occupy ourselves with higher-order psychological lifestyle things. This is a very new issue. Money still matters, but other factors have joined the status game - like how interesting, how meaningful your work is.
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