Verfasst von: nickwimmer | 24. Januar 2017

„I’m not interested in that personality aspect of being an artist…“, sagt BRIAN ENO* im Gespräch mit

Simon Hattenstone im GUARDIAN 23. Januar 2017 , aus dem die SZ am 24.01.2017 diesen  Ausschnitt in deutscher Übersetzung zitiert –  zum Vergleich hier das Original und die Übersetzung:


Und in diesem intensiven, langen Gespräch führt Brian Eno den Gedanken „I’m not interested in that personality aspect of being an artist….“ weiter aus: „…It’s all based on the idea that artists are automatically interesting people. I can tell you they are not. Their art might be very interesting, but as people they are not more or less interesting than anybody else. And I’m really not at all interested in talking about Brian Eno. His  i d e a s,  however, I think have something to recommend them.“ Auf die Frage Hattenstones, woran er gerade arbeite, antwortet er: „I’m interested in the idea of generative music as a sort of model for how society or politics could work….If you think of the classical picture of how things were organised in an  o r c h e s t r a  –  where you have the composer, conductor, leader of the orchestra, section principals, section sub principals, rank and file – the flow of information is always downwards. The guy at the bottom doesn’t get to talk to that guy at the top. Almost none of us now would think that hierarchical model of social organisation, the pyramid, is a good way to arrange things….Society should be built on the more egalitarian model of a folk or rock band, who just get together and do their thing, rather than a classical orchestra. Can’t you see,“ he says with the passion of a visionary, „if you transpose that argument into social terms, it’s the argument between the top down and bottom up? Is it possible to have a society that doesn’t have pre-existing rules and structures. And you can use the structures of  b a n d s , t h e a t r e  g r o u p s, d a n c e  g r o u p s, all the things we now call  c u l t u r e. You can say: ‚Well, it works here. Why shouldn’t it work elsewhere?‘ „

Auf die Frage Hattenstones, ob er post-2016 immer noch ein  O p t i m i s t  sei, antwortet Eno: „Yes, there is a positive way to look at it. Most people I know felt that 2016 was the beginning of a long decline with Brexit, then Trump and all these nationalist movements in Europe. It looked like things were going to get worse and worse. Well, what about thinking about it in a different way? Actually it’s the end of a long decline. We’ve been in decline for about 40 years since Thatcher and Reagan and the neoliberal infection spread through the political class. My feeling about Brexit was not anger at anybody else, it was anger at myself for not realising what was going on…..There was a revolution brewing and we didn’t spot it because we didn’t make it. We expected we were going to be the revolution.“

* B R I A N   E N O (born 1948 in Woodbridge/Suffolk England) = an English self-described ’non-musician‘,  composer,  record producer,  singer,  writer and visual artist. His father William Eno (1916 – 1988)  descended from a French Huguenot family ( E n o  derives from the French surname  H e n n o t), his Belgian mother Maria (née  B u s l o t, 1922 – 2005) had been deported in the Second World War to Germany building planes in a Nazi labour camp.


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