Elmgreen & Dragset about Fourth Plinth

 COPENHAGEN. It has just been anounced that Danish-Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset will stand for the Fourth Plinth in London in 2012. Ahead of their show at ZKM in Karlsruhe I interviewed them for The Art Newspaper. The interview published in the December issue is unfortunately not available online (so, please order here), but I am happy to present one question and two answers dealing with the Fourth Plinth:

CB: Michael, you have moved to London and together you are shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. When will you both relocate and be awarded the Turner prize?
ID: We are too old already… [Not true, as the Turner prize is for artists under the age of 50].
ME: We don’t enjoy competing with our artistfriends that much. But the Fourth Plinth is a really good project. We are great believers in changing the urban landscape. It is a ridiculous idea that sculptures should be installed permanently, because the city around them changes. What a sculpture said to the generation when it was set up is absolutely not possible to understand for the next [generation], the city doesn’t fit anymore. The Fourth Plinth was so attractive that we agreed to be part of a publicshortlist competition.

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