89plus conversations

89plus curators talk SpaceGhostPurrp, remixes and Buster Keaton with Miami's Domingo Castillo

Arts+Culture Q+A

89plus’s co-curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets pinned down Marathon contributor, Domingo Castillo, for a chat ahead of the Serpentine opening. Castillo, a Miami-based artist, works in a range of mediums. His artwork doesn't reference recognisable forms, incidentally evoking multifaceted interpretations. He talks to Hans and Simon about where he extracts influence, who he’d like to collaborate with and the 'internet generation'. 

Hans Ulrich Obrist: So who are your main inspirations for videos? Does it come from film or from other fields?

DC: It comes from film. My favourite filmmakers are Buster Keaton and John Cocteau. I love Jon-Luc Godard in the way that he uses text. I think that’s absolutely what I’m going for with text. I’ve recently watched a lot of Harmony Korine films.

HUO: What's your policy towards publication? Do you have plans for books, or digital books?

DC: eBooks and then books when possible.

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Domingo Castillo

HUO:  Yesterday we spoke with Nicolas Jaar and he said that if he had a museum room, he would build a sound panel as a musician. Do you have any projects that you would be excited to realise in a museum context? 

DC:  It’s really weird because the kind of projects I want to do require a lot of negotiation between people and that’s one thing I really like. There’s this one artist in Miami who I really like called SpaceGhostPurrp. I would really like to get in touch with him to chop and screw, transcribe it to music and then have it play somewhere cool whether that's a museum or not. I also love Anton Webern compositions. I love remixes within culture.

HUO: You’re obviously part of the first generation who completely grew up with the Internet. Could you talk a little bit about how the digital determines your work? Is there any resistance in your generation to the digital world?

DC: Nowadays there's the idea that you can learn everything on the Internet but, at the same time, there’s so much that doesn't get said. A lot of the things I do personally, I like them to travel orally like the performance of telling a story rather than the use of an electronic image.

I use the internet as a way to sort of smoke screen what I’m doing. People get really confused as to what it is I do, and it really takes a conversation to expand that. I feel like it slows down my practice but it allows me to work a lot better here, because I get to know the community of artists in my city by interacting with them face to face. 

89plus is showing on 18 and 19 October at the Serpentine Gallery

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