Contemporary Art @ Boğaziçi - Interview Project

Tim Hailey

Interview with Tim Hailey By Tuğba Kara

Tim Hailey is an artist and motorsports journalist born in 1962, Indiana, US. We had an amazing interview with him. You absolutely need to know him. He tells “Freedom, independence, community, and anything that hinders those three things” move him most in life.

Could you just tell yourselves in a few words which realy describes Tim Hailey?

Just someone trying to spend my time doing something cool and worthwhile

How have you been get into this art world?

After college I found myself spending my time doing uncool stuff that other people thought would earn them money. So I quit that career path, went to grad school for art, then stayed stubborn about doing my own work. I was very ambitious for a while.

Have you ever felt disappointed about works you have done in art?

Generally I produce the work that I wanted to, so am rarely unhappy with the work itself. Like all artists, there is the post-exhibition let-down, but that goes away with age and experience with expectations. There was a piece that I can say “failed” despite my being content with the piece itself. The goal with my work during this time was to use human interaction as a medium. This piece failed to engage viewers—and to engage viewers with each other—in the way that I had hoped.

What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you in terms of your works?

Freedom, independence, community, and anything that hinders those three things

How do the cities you have been influence your art?

I’m inspired by the aesthetics of different cities and cultures, but they rarely work themselves into my art. I love that people everywhere are basically the same. People who don’t travel don’t know that, and are prone to propaganda that tells them that “other” people are “different”

What are the components of your artistic stance?

I try to produce work that is very personal yet very contemporary.

How long do you normally take to produce a piece?

However long I have until the doors open for the exhibition—15 minutes, 15 days, 15 years….

How did the internet change the art? How did it change the human life?

Social media is, to some degree, the digital equivalent of the human interaction installations I used to produce (back when I was ambitious…)

Do the new media also require a new understanding of aesthetics? What do you see in the future of new media?

Aesthetics? Not for me. My aesthetics remain similar despite what media I chose. As for the future of new media, I defer that question to Genco…he’s the expert, not me….

Do you have any concerns (taking people's attention, giving messages about something related with politics etc.) while you are producing something?

That’s a good question. A few years ago I would have said that here we don’t have the same political consequences as you do in Turkey. But that is changing. We are losing freedom of speech, although it is not as bad as it is in Turkey. Generally speaking, here you only alienate some of your friends with your political stance and don’t go to jail…but, we are losing civil liberties…this is a subject in some of my current works:

What are your concrete projects and what do you wish to accomplish in the long run?

I am currently showing murals like those above and large photos of people I meet at races: I am also making cheerleader images of friends’ names that I dish out liberally on Facebook:!i=1909398204&k=hNFhNBF This may seem like a silly, lightweight project, but it follows my goals of celebrating the individual, generosity, and defying the role of the marketplace in the art world.

What do you think about the role of artist in today’s World?

That is a broad question, and the role is (should be) different for every artist. I am happy to answer any follow up questions you might have, as I have a tendency to remain purposefully vague. You may have noticed I have a parallel career as a motorsports photojournalist: