Joel Edgerton: “I create my freedom around that”
Mr. Edgerton, what does freedom mean to you as an actor and director?
A quest to things like having lack of censorship, being able to explore creatively without limitation. Being a director is sort of the same as being an actor, or a writer — it’s all part of the same thing, and that’s storytelling. But I’m very aware of the fact that the privilege I have as a person, the opportunities that I’ve had as an actor have allowed me to be a director. There’s many people in the world who would make greater movies than I would, or write greater scripts than I have that don’t have the access to facilities or equipment or finance like I do.
The freedom to pursue your passions often overlaps with a certain level of privilege.
Exactly, and so even though I’m proud of the work that I’ve done, I also understand that it comes with a lot of access to freedom and privilege. I also think there’s a difference between public and private freedom of expression. I think the only limitations I have are the limitations I set for myself. If I want to try something and I’m given the space to do it, I’ll do it!
Erwin Wurm: “It only exists at this one time”
Mr. Wurm, do you think about time as an artist?
It was Michelangelo who said that when he makes a sculpture in bronze, it should be able to be rolled down a mountain and still exist for 500 years. But in our time, everything is short-lived, so I started thinking about how I can make a piece that will exist for a month, for the period of a show, for two weeks; the lifespan of the art became shorter and shorter.
These pieces eventually became your One-Minute Sculptures, right?
Exactly, it’s like a brand to call it “one-minute” — It’s never a minute, it could be 10 seconds or two minutes, it’s just the synonym for short. These sculptures also feature the physical presence of a person and an object. I invite the public to participate and follow my instructions to create these specific poses with an object. The piece itself is that short performance, but what’s very interesting to me is using a Polaroid camera to document the performances; you take the picture and it develops immediately. Every Polaroid is an absolute original, and it exists only at this one time.