Andy Warhol: an artist and his Amiga

| November 30, 2013

In January 1986 the US magazin “Amigaworld” brought an interview with Andy Warhol. Below you can read some excerpts from the interview by Guy Wright and Glenn Suokko.

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An interview with Andy Warhol, who doesn’t do interviews: an artist at the Amiga launch, an artist long before Amigas. Publisher of ‘Interview‘ magazine. Involved with video, MTV, rock,films,people and things like Amiga computers

Andy: So, do you want to ask me any questions?

Glenn: Is this ( Amiga ) the greatest thing since sliced bread?

Andy: Oh yeah, it is.

Glenn: How do you see this work being displayed? How would you show something that you create on an Amiga to the generale public?

Andy: Well, we could get a printout. I could just print this out if we had the printer.

GSW ( Guy Wright ): Would you sell the prints or distribute the disk itself ?

Andy: Well, this friend of mine, named Jean-Michel Basquiat, goes to the xerox machine and puts xerox all over his paintings. So, if we had a printer right here I could do it this way and just sign it as a print. But, i guess if printers ever get really big, like a twenty by thirty or thirty by forty, then it would really be great.

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Glenn: Could you ever imagine monitors sunk into walls in museums or galleries?

Andy: Kids have been doing it already. The Paladium has two big square TV sets going all the time, with about 25 to 50 sets on each side. They haven’t done any art yet, but it would be great to do that.

GSW: Like the Limelight with their bank of TV sets along one wall.

Andy: Yeah, but actually Private Eyes is a video bar. Have you been there?

Glenn: No.

Andy: It used to be right around here. So if you have a video you want to screen down there for a party, you can. It’s not a dancing place. It’s just a video bar.

GSW: Do you think that might be the new wave museums?

Andy: Well yeah. Actually, when i worked on this at Lincoln Center ( the Amiga launch ) it was like  a museum, because we had a couple thousand people and i was working with it on the stage. It was like a musem because you could show your work.

GSW: Instant museum in a finite time period..

Andy: Yes.

GSW: So it’s not a static art?

Andy: Jack ( Haeger, Art & Graphic Director at Commodore-Amiga) who was working with me before, uses it more like brushes and paint.

GSW: Are you going to buy one?

Andy: Well, we already have two, so we are going to buy the printer.

GSW: You are talking about the high-quality printer?

Andy: Well, they had the one at the launch, which was this big ( measuring four square inches in the air with his hands ). It was really cute. Very pretty.

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Glenn: How do your friends feel about computer art generally?

Andy: They all like it. They have been using the xerox, and they can’t wait until they can use this, because there are so many people into xerox art. You do it and then take the stuff to the xerox store and do the prints there. Jean-Michel Basquiat uses xerox. So, if he could be printing out his own machine, he would be using this.

Glenn: Jean Michel was the artist who worked with you on this? ( An illustrated punching bag )

Andy: Yes

GSW: Do you like the machine because it is so quick?

Andy: I think it’s great. It’s quick and everything.

GSW: What influence do you think this will have on mass art as opposed to high art?

Andy: Mass art is high art.

GSW: Do you think it will push the artists? Do you think that people will be inclined to use all the different components of the art, music,video etc..?

Andy: That’s the best part about it. I guess you can…An artist can really do the whole thing. Actually, he can make a film with everything on it, music and sounds and art…everything!

Full interview here : PDF document

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