John Miller quote: “I think you’re right. The question of structure …”

“LG: Your work, funnily enough, is not cool in that way. It’s quite complicated. you’re kind of stuck with things, or that’s how it feels sometimes. But there must have been points when you thought, Okay, it’s time to reveal structure or process more. Do you have a feeling about which direction your work is going?

JM: I think you’re right. The question of structure and process relates to craft versus tactics. Nobody in his right mind wants to return to craft, but, on the other hand, aspiring to be the consummate tactician takes us back to the context-heavy nightmare. The unconscious, however, is still unaccounted for–and if there is an outside to the apparatus, that would be it. But I have to admit I don’t have any strong sense of where things are going in my work. I never know until afterward.” (55)

Gillick, Liam. “John Miller [interview]” Bomb. Number 118, Winter 2012. pg 48-55.
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6 thoughts on “John Miller quote: “I think you’re right. The question of structure …”

  1. I believe that the unconscious should be mined for all it’s worth. I enjoy the last statement about knowing where the work is going. I can relate. I also agree with the rest re:craft vs tactics. Terrific post.

  2. I love the bit about not knowing what you are doing until you’ve finished. Such a refreshing change in our key stage N-step bonkers world.

    A

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