Why do you do what you do?
I kind of followed what I wanted to do. At the moment I'm here but I don’t know for how long.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
I usually get up around 6:30am, have some fruits and do a bit of exercise. I then have breakfast and go to work around 9am. I have a small studio and an office in the 10th district of Vienna. I spend my time thinking, trying-out new things, rehearsing, sometimes painting and throwing away paintings, answering mails and getting lost on the internet. I like reading and looking at art books with lots of photos inside.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
I suppose there are many different roles artists have. I guess an artist is maybe someone who is always searching, highlighting things that would otherwise not be noticed. Someone who makes small changes around him or her, sometimes without being noticed. An artist is probably someone who makes sense and nonsense.
Michikazu Matsune is an artist who works in various forms of presentation including performance, installation, video and photography. He develops projects in different contexts such as stage, exhibition and public space. His works are both playful and critical at the same time. Having his background in contemporary dance and choreography, Matsune explores themes like the relationship between body and objects, place and behavior. His recent performance “Dance, if you want to enter my country!” focuses on a true story of an African-American dancer who was forced to dance at an airport passport control in order to prove his profession and take away suspicions caused by his Muslim first name. “Goodbye” is a performance based on farewell-letters written by various people for various reasons. The group-work “Mattress Pieces”, performed by four dancers with seven mattresses, deals with mattress as a place of sleep, love, dream and death. “Objective Point of View”, made in collaboration with the Russian artist Maxim Ilyukhin, explores the two artists' personal stories in the tension between cultural ascriptions and social identifications. Between 2004 and 2010 Matsune developed various projects in collaboration with Austrian artist David Subal, including their performance shop project “store” as well as “One Hour Standing for” in which they stand still for 60 minutes in front of touristic monuments in 24 capital cities of the world. Since 2013 Matsune is a guest-tutor for performance-study and taught at Universität der Künste Berlin and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance amongst others. Michikazu Matsune is originally from Kobe, Japan, and lives in Vienna, Austria.