South Bank Centre
Questionnaire for Faultline promotion
1. What do you fear the most?
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop so I try to remain outside in the light, but having said that I'm rather afraid of hitting 'Get Mail' one day and nothing arrives
2. Which mobile number do you call the most?
My own, to ensure that it's still working
3. What - or where - is perfection?
In the poetry of Robert Lowell, the films of Tarkovsky, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the music of Arvo Part, the ideas of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, and all memories of my late grandfather
4. Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) ? and why?
Luke Jackson in Cool Hand Luke, played by Paul Newman, as he refuses to submit to the system, his unquenchable spirit and unforgettable smile
5. What?s your favourite ritual?
Thoroughly cleaning my nails every day, at every private opportunity
6. Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
On a personal level my mother for battling through extreme hardship with good humour and her head held high, whilst on a public level Bob Dylan for continuing to bang his head against a wall in the face of all adversity.
7. What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To possess fluidity with other languages and a memory to store them all
8. What's your favourite website?
9. If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Nick Drake performing with Max Richter, orchestrated by Alfred Schnittke, directed by Robert Lepage
10. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Woody Allen suggested that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable but I've learnt to remain optimistic in the face of many battles
11. What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
12. Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall/Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room/Hayward Gallery)?
Oh countless memories. I remember bewildering security officials at my first Purcell Room show in 1995 when I playfully suggested I would be fire-eating and using dancing girls covered in lighter fluid on stage, dancing on the roof of QEH with Wolfgang Tillmans to a Richie Hawtin DJ set, discovering Sigur Ros as part of the bill on the Festival of Drifting, and performing with Laurie Anderson and 100 violinists on stage at the RFH in Meltdown