I have been honored to be part of Early Morning Opera’s ABACUS since it’s 2012 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. This week, our team embarked on the New York premiere of the work at one of the most prestigious venues in the country: the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
BAM published the following interview between Paul Abacus and enigmatic artist Banksy on the BAM blog:
Paul Abacus is a Japan-based international presenter of ideas, and has become well known for his perspective on the workings of contemporary persuasion, particularly the presentation format itself. A disciple of polymath Buckminster Fuller, Abacus is a leader of the movement to dissolve national borders. His live presentation ABACUS was last seen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be at BAM from September 24—27.
We asked Abacus to sit down with us for an interview. He sent us this instead.
At the request of the artists, the following interview was conducted in a double kayak circling Governor’s Island, and has been edited to fit your screen.
BANKSY: Paul, I haven’t seen you in person since Sundance. You look about five years older, but that’s good. Now you probably look your age.
ABACUS: You look like hell too.
BANKSY: Thank you. I just want to make sure we lay out the scene for folks. It’s a beautiful day in late summer in New York and we’re in a double kayak in spitting distance of the Statue of Liberty. I am in front, because Paul is better at steering. We are accompanied by Paul’s standard entourage of videographers, but the giant panda Dr. Bang—my favorite of your friends—is not here? Why not?
ABACUS: He can’t swim.
B: That’s a shame. So we are surrounded by your friends riding in an armada of bright orange canoes stenciled with panda heads, which are very fine stencils if I do say so myself.
A: And you’re wearing linen overalls, which I wouldn’t have expected.
B: Let’s get right down to it: what’s your real name?
A: Paul Abacus. What’s yours?
B: Banksy. Great, now that we’ve settled that, let’s continue. Why did you disappear after the 2012 Sundance Film Festival? It seemed like you were on a roll.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.