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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here and the 2016 archive is here. Thanks to all who took part!

This month, our Little Interview features artist Katharina Cibulka, whose work is currently on display in Gallery 1 as part of the exhibition Outposts: Global borders and national boundaries.


Katharina Cibulka: December 2017

What are you reading?
Yesterday I started to re-read Franz Kafka’s The Trial, after talking to a friend about spaces and borders (the subject of this exhibition Outposts: Global borders and national boundaries). There is this one parable entitled Before the Law where a man is waiting in front of the door of the police but never comes through, which makes me think a lot about authority and fear.

Favourite museum?
I really like the Museumsquartier in Vienna. It´s located in the heart of the city and hosts brilliant museums with different focuses on modern and contemporary art. There are also galleries and restaurants in this quarter and plenty of room to hang out. It´s a perfect match of art and life.

Best performance?
I really like this interactive performance called “Welt Klimakonferenz” by the German collective “Rimini Protokoll” which I saw 2 years ago in Munich. When I first arrived at the theatre I found myself being thrown into the role of a representative of the Mongolian government helping to reduce the CO2 Emission of my country. We had 3 hours to rush through the whole climate conference (which lasts normally 12 days) accompanied by real experts (scientists, politicians, journalists) who gave 20 minute talks about different aspects of climate change. The lectures took place in different rooms of the theatre, in the canteen, the cloakroom, the workshop, etc. The performance was a great mixture of knowledge transfer, acting and playing, which I was really touched and impressed by.

What is your most treasured possession?
My family. I doubt if possession is the right word… but treasure is.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Coming from a big family, I don´t like to be too easily influenced. I always try to go my own way. But, of course, I´m always inspired by art in general. I love this feeling of having visited a good show and being impressed about all the different aspects of art production and just wanting to rush back to my studio to continue working.

A lightbulb moment?
Realising how happy I am to have my own warm bed every night!

Guilty pleasure?
Leaving my studio in the middle of the day to go skiing in the nearby mountains.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Staying here in Cork for a few more days to enjoy the Irish lifestyle.


2017 Little Interviews:

Claire Connolly, November 2017

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, October 2017

Umberto and Marco, September 2017

Kirstie North
, August 2017

Jane Hyland, July 2017

Brendan O'Sé, June 2017

Ella de Búrca, May 2017

Lothar Götz, April 2017

Siobhan McGibbon, March 2017

John Cryan, February 2017

In 2016, we interviewed:

Pádraic Moore, 4 November 2016
Christine Dennehy,
28 October 2016
Sarah McAuliffe,
21 October 2016
Ben Gearey,
14 October 2016
Danielle Byrne,
7 October 2016
Laurie LeGrand,
3 October 2016
Tessa Giblin,
24 June 2016
Rachael Gilbourne
, 17 June 2016
Maud Cotter, 10 June 2016
John Duncan,
3 June 2016
Sheila Beecher,
27 May 2016
Ellen Byrne,
20 May 2016
Marie Bourke,
13 May 2016
Theresa Reidy,
6 May 2016
Eleanor Duffin,
29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here