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MvE: Actually thinking of a big Facebook break, would be really great. TA: You mean like abandoning Facebook for a certain time? MvE: Yes, I’ve done it before, for six months. It was the greatest time. Costs so much time this whole Facebook thing. TA: Agreed, but I consider it such an important communication tool for me, don’t think I could do that. MvE: Don’t you feel bad about promoting yourself? For me it feels weird to do that. It helps too. But still … TA: Hm, yes, a bit … but I still don’t have the feeling that I’m serving people something they don’t like, it still feels like sharing what I’m up to with the internet folk. It’s not like ‘Hey buy my prints’ or so, and you aren’t doing that either, so I don’t see the problem. MvE: Yeah but it’s all about the approval thing. You prove you’re approved by a magazine, curator/whatever and then there’s the danger people like your work because others like your work. Really don’t like that. Judgement should be only about the work itself. Everything is in there already. The work itself doesn’t change because it has been in MoMA. I guess there aren’t many individual thinkers in the art world, a lot of people are looking at what others are doing. I recently received an interview request ‘because I see your work everywhere’. Yeah, so what? I was recently thinking to erase the CV section on my website and change my news section with just the words I AM DOING FINE. But on the other hand you can always think: don’t take it too seriously, this is just the way it works. But I really don’t like this. - interview from 2013
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