Keith Tyson Interview: A Pattern of Mystery



When British artist Keith Tyson was 13 years old he took apart his computer and “it was a complete mystery how it worked”. Even though he understood programming, the interconnectedness of everything was like a labyrinth, he says.

These mysteries of how the universe work, is a key element in his art. The work “Object With Associative Array, 2014”, shows how Keith Tyson’s infinite patterns of mystery connects words, places, figures and thought. As he explains, “Under every thought there is a sponsor in thought, there is something else, and something else”. So an artwork is these things we do on the surface, but underneath there is a deeper process to it all, a pattern.

“ I like to think of myself as software, and these drawings are the output”.

Working in a process of constant search is a central element in Keith Tyson’s work. “When I was a child I had a desperate need to understand my place in the world, I laid in bed thinking of infinity”. This thought is a clear example of how Keith Tyson combines his own wonder about the universe with his work as an artist. Many years after this childhood memory he made a drawing showing stars in the universe creating a pattern that said, “Turn Back Now”.

“For me the best works, allows you to access the condition of your own being”.

Keith Tyson (b.1969) is a British artist, who won the Turner Prize in 2002. His work revolves around the complexity of the universe in many different shapes such as generating systems for his art, creating motherboard sculptures, showing associative objects as the exhibition “Large Field Array” And trying to understand the self and how everything is connected.

Keith Tyson was interviewed at the David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen by Kasper Bech Dyg.

Camera: Nikolaj Jungersen

Edited & produced by: Kasper Bech Dyg

Copyright Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014

Supported by Nordea-Fonden

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