Excerpt from the video "extrem interessant", which was shown in the exhibition Dubuffets Liste (Museum Sammlung Prinzhorn), 2015.
"extrem interessant" is a work about looking at, responding to, and talking about art.
In 2015, I invited people of different ages and professions to come and take a look at a selection of works from the Prinzhorn Collection in Heidelberg, which had been commented upon by the French painter Jean Dubuffet when he visited the collection in 1950. In his list, Dubuffet evaluated the works he saw – usually in just a few words like "extremely interesting", "pretty good" or even "mediocre". The video "extrem interessant" shows the conversations that took place between the participants in this project. Each of them selected a reproduction of an artwork, so that there were always two images being discussed. The reproductions are not visible for the viewer. That is, only the response was documented.
The exhibition Dubuffets Liste (Museum Sammlung Prinzhorn) reconstructed Dubuffet's view of the collection as comprehensively as possible.
For more about this and other works by Janet Grau, see http://www.janetgrau.de
© janet grau 2015