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Richard Chartier: Direct, Curious, Friendly

January 31, 2011
  • How did you get in touch with music?
    >by listening to it<
  • What would you do if there wouldn’t be music, starting with tomorrow?
    >i would be feeling empty if there were no music in the world<
  • …and what if you had to produce in a different music genre? What would that be?
    >something more rhythmic, i am not quite sure of myself in that area.<
  • What’s your (original) profession?
    >graphic designer ( i still work in this field) + painter (but i don’t really paint anymore)<
  • What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
    >architecture + textures + the sound of both<
  • What’s your next plan music-wise?
    >The release of a the performance of Transparency, working with Robert Curgenven, AGF, and William Basinski on new collaborative works<
  • Who would you like to collaborate with the most and why?
    >i would love to work with steve roden or chris carter/cosey fanni tutti because they are wonderful friends. i like to work with people who i both admire and have enjoyed interacting with.<
  • Is there a band/music genre you can’t stand listening to?
    >insane clown posse / trance<
  • Is there some music you like – but ashamed to admit it?
    >i still really love Marilyn Manson’s “Mechanical Animals”<
  • The beauty of silence or the chaos of noises?
    >a little of both<
  • What’s your favourite album ever?(click on the image for larger size)
    >Kraftwerk “Computer World”<

  • …and your favourite album cover?(click on the image for larger size)
    >Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ” (the original die cut version)<

  • If you could be a rock star, who would you be?
    >Grace Jones<
  • Do you have a role model?
    >Dieter Rams, Leigh Bowery, and after reading a recent profile in the New Yorker Tomas Maier<
  • Who would you like to meet the most?
    >Grace Jones<
  • What are your favourite movies?
    >The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant  (Fassbinder)
    Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder)
    2001: A Space Odyssey  (Kubrick)
    Playtime (Tati)
    Mon Oncle (Tati)
    Liquid Sky<
  • If you had to direct your own movie, how would it look like?
    >Fassbinder meets Wong Kar Wai meets Donald Judd. dark, mimimal and visually arresting, you will want to cry for its beauty<
  • Which language would you like to speak most and why?
    >english, because its the only language i am capable of speaking fluently. my french is terrible.<
  • How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
    >curious, childlike, friendly, minimal, aesthete<
  • What are your vices?
    >cookies. buying clothing + shoes by Yohji Yamamoto<
  • What is the most unusual comment anyone has ever made about you?
    >recently someone at a party said i had “the most beautiful posture”<
  • The best moment in your life?
    >meeting my partner Robert (second place: adopting/saving my siamese cat Petra Von Kat)<
  • What does beauty mean to you?
    >simplicity and elegance<
  • What would you do today if the world would end tomorrow?
    >a lot of drugs<
  • Which places you love the most?
    >tokyo, berlin, montreal<
  • What’s your favourite food?
  • What’s your favourite flavour?
    >almond or pumpkin<
  • Three things you could never get rid of?
    >my vintage 1965 Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair in a unique rust vinyl that i have had for 15 years, the japanese red maple named SOKO i planted in our backyard 4 years ago, the internet<
  • Your three favourite websites?
  • What’s your favourite picture about yourself?
    >from 2002 (i think.. when had hair :)<

  • What’s your most favourite picture you made?

Richard Chartier (b.1971) is a sound artist and designer who has produced critically acclaimed solo recordings as well as collaborative works with Nosei Sakata (*0), Taylor Deupree, and Kim Cascone. His minimalist work explores the relationship between sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening. Awarded one of twelve Honorable Mentions in the category of Digital Music by the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica, 2001 (Austria), Chartier’s CD Series, was featured in the Whitney Biennial 2002 exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY). Both his visual and sound works have been exhibited in museums and galleries including ICC (Tokyo, Japan), Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), the Art Institute of Chicago, The Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), Diapason (NY), and Fusebox (DC). As a performer Chartier has been invited to present his work at numerous noted digital music/culture events in North America, Europe, and Japan including MUTEK (Montreal), Transmediale (Berlin), Lovebytes (Sheffield), DEAF (Dublin), Observatori (Valencia, Spain), CEAIT (LA), The Leeds International Film Festival (UK), The Rotterdam International Film Festival (NE) and in conjunction with the sound art exhibit “Frequencies [Hz]” at the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt). With Taylor Deupree, he founded the recording label Line, as a subdivision of 12k documenting compositional and installation work by international sound artists, which since 2011 operates independently from 12k.

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