Contemporary Art @ Boğaziçi - Interview Project, 2010

TAMARA LAI (Belgium, 1983)

Andi Nahmias, nahmias@boun.edu.tr

Tamara Lai: “I like the distance artist / viewer that involve new media. I like that people watch the art piece and not the one who realized it.”

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Tamara Lai, is a new media artist who chooses digital platform; to display her ‘art’. Being a multi-disciplinary artist; she likes taking pictures, making videos, poetry, surveys, video performances and so on… As she calls herself a ‘versatile person’; Net Art enables her to start from minimalism then move to delirium; whenever she needs a change. In this sincere conversation; we talked about the reasons why she likes the New Media Art; and what are the things that distinguish an ‘artist’ from a ‘non-artist’ in a digital platform…

Andi Nahmias: When an art work is being constructed on a digital platform; what is the main thing that distinguishes ‘an artist’ from the others?

Tamara Lai: That is the question! What distinguishes an artist from a non-artist? What is art and what is not? Neither the material, or the medium, nor the tools we use are of real importance. What matters is how they are used, what we do with them. And from this point of view, there are some essential parameters to me: the vision (reflection) and the work (control). For me, the concept of art implies the notion of deep working, and this may be the experience of life. Responsibility for what we share with the world. What reflections, what tracks?

Andi Nahmias: Is there any work of yours that you may call has been ‘one of the best’ so far?

Tamara Lai: I do not know, for I enjoyed so much to make them all! But perhaps ‘EX POST FACTUM’ ‘SOLENOIDES + GUEST SOLENOIDES’ ‘T-DEUS’ ‘Sacrifier le sacrifice sacrificing’

Andi Nahmias: Why did you chose the ‘new media art’?

Tamara Lai: I like the distance artist / viewer that involve new media. I like that people watch the art piece and not the one who realized it. It is also because I am a versatile person who loves changing, movement. I may need or want quiet deep moments and minimalism, and then move on to an explosion of images, accelerations and delirium. I love taking pictures, making videos and working on the rhythm of the editing, special effects and sounds capes. I like poetry, surveys, and collaborative projects with remote people. I like the interactivity that changes the concept and the feeling of time. I like video-performances (video-conferences). New media allow me to deal with these entire things. Parts of my works are ephemeral, evolving projects, within the limits of the screen, or out of it, or both… And that is what I like about Net Art.

Andi Nahmias: Do you think that in order to be successful in this field; a previous education is necessary?

Tamara Lai:If we want to be autonomous, technically speaking (and to be creative, we need to be a little bit autonomous), it is necessary to have experience and know-how. As for aesthetic culture, it's good to have a bit of it, then perhaps voluntarily forgetting it and choose the experimental way... This may open interesting perspectives.

Andi Nahmias: Which field; in your net-art; is more inspiring for you, to work on?

Tamara Lai: It’s all about our environment: social, cultural, political, ecological environment. But we do transmit efficiently only things we have reflected on and meditated... Shortly: My experience, our experiences.

Tamara Lai thinks that a previous education is necessary in order to be creative in ‘New Media Art’; but she also adds that; this education should be forgotten when an art work is being constructed aesthetically. Being a very productive and miscellaneous artist; Tamara is always open to new ideas and new technologies; in which she can perform her best. I would like to thank her for this intimate causerie. tated... Shortly: My experience, our experiences.

Tamara Lai thinks that a previous education is necessary in order to be creative