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I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex.

As a New Yorker, I'm someone who lives on an island and looks across to America.

At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.

Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words.

The problem with prototypes is they don't always work.

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.

My job is to make images and leave the decision-making and conclusion-drawing to other people.

My work is more about trying to ask good questions and not trying to come up with big shows. Every fashion company is doing that, every car company is doing that.

Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.

When love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi, Mom!

I'm not usually where I think I am. It's kind of spooky.

The fewer expectations you have, the better.

I hate zoos.

I think women are excellent social critics.

A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.

I don't take compliments so well. I always hang my head and shuffle and kind of try to immediately forget.

People only stutter at the beginning of the word. They're not afraid when they get to the end of the word. There's just regret.

Why do you have to translate and decode things? Just let the image be. It will have a special kind of reality that it won't once it's decoded.

Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about someone who's looking for something so huge, something they've wanted all their life, yet they know when they find it, it will kill them.

A lot of artists who have a certain style are expected to more or less keep doing their style. It's so easy to get into that rut of production.