Berlin-based American filmmaker Lambert hits “record” on the X-rated in his videos for Austra and Hercules and Love Affair, stripping bare ideas of love, sex, gender and identity in his Dazed Visionaries takeover last year. Describing his work as “an anthem of what young relationships and sexuality look like now”, next year Lambert will make his television debut on a major network, which will “inform and intertwine the lines between virtual spaces, fantasies, dreams and actual reality.”
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Matt Lambert: The Grindr ‘art’ controversy of Dries Verhoeven’s. It’s an inquisition and I find it repulsive! It will become the jumping-off point for an ongoing conversation surround privacy and intimacy.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Matt Lambert: I make films and images that explore intimacy.
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Matt Lambert: Hoping for less irony and cynicism and a move toward more honesty.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music, film and fashion industries today?
Matt Lambert: Music: Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Cakes Da Killa, Austra, FKA twigs, Lotic, Spooky Black. Film: Dennis Cooper’s rumored new film project, Bruce LaBruce breaking into the mainstream, David Wilson, AG Rojas, BRTHR, Focus Creeps, Daniels, Luke Gilford, Geoffrey Lillemon and especially Iconclast, the production company I work with, who just opened their Berlin office, which is also my base. Fashion: I'm really into what London is up to lately, especially Meadham Kirchhoff, Astrid Andersen and Sibling as well as Gosha Rubchinskiy’s premiere in Paris.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Matt Lambert: How to ask better questions and listen more to the cast and subjects I work with.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Matt Lambert: Since I decided to stop pulling punches and allowing my work to be revealing, there’s probably nothing that you wouldn’t expect — barely any of it is SFW.
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