Issue #136 Interview with a Cat

Interview with a Cat

Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers, Interview with a Cat, published by Marian Goodman Gallery, 1995. Edition of fifty.

Issue #136
May 2023
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Marcel Broodthaers, Interview With A Cat, Recorded at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Düsseldorf, 1970.

This is a translation and transcription of Marcel Broodthaers’s 1970 audio work Interview with a Cat.1

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Marcel Broodthaers: Is that one a good painting? … Does it correspond to what you expect from that very recent transformation which goes from conceptual art to this new version of a kind of figuration, as one might say?

Cat: Miaow.

MB: Do you think so?

Cat: Miiaaow … mm … miaow … miaow.

MB: And yet this color is very clearly redolent of the painting that was being done in the period of abstract art, isn’t it?

Cat: Miaaow … miaaow … miiaow … miaow.

MB: Are you sure it’s not a new form of academicism?

Cat: Miaow.

MB: Yes, but if it’s a daring innovation it’s still a contestable one.

Cat: Miaow.

MB: It’s still …

Cat: Miaow.

MB: Er … It’s still a matter of markets …

Cat: Miaaow.

MB: What will the people who bought the previous things do?

Cat: Miaow.

MB: Will they sell them?

Cat: Miiaow … mia.

MB: Or will they continue? What do you think? … Because, at the moment, a lot of artists are wondering about that.

Cat: Miaaow … miaow …

MB: In that case close the museums!

Cat: MIAOW!

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: miAOUW.

MB: This is not a pipe!

Cat: Miaouu.

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: Miaouuw.

MB: This is not a pipe?

Cat: Miaw.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Mm …

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is not a pipe!

Cat: miAO … miAOUW.

MB: This is a pipe!?

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is not a pipe!

Cat: Miaou.

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: MiAOU … miao.

MB: This is not a pipe!

Cat: Miaou … miaw.

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaouu.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: MiAOOUU.

MB: This is a … This is a pipe!

Cat: Miao …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Miaoouu.

MB: This is a pipe?!

Cat: Mm …

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Mm … mm …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaow.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Miaoouu.

MB: This is a pipe?!

Cat: Mm …

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Mm … mm …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaow.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: MiAOUW.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Miao …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: Pipe is not.

Cat: Mmi …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: MiaOU.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: MiAAOUW.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: miAou.

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: MiAAOU … mm …

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaaou.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: Miaao … mmi.

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: MIAAOUU.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: MiAAOUUW.

MB: This is a pipe!

Cat: MIAAOU … MiAAOU … MIAOUW.

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: Miaouw.

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: … mm … Miao.

MB: This is a pipe.

Cat: MiAOU … MiAOU … MiAOU.

Cat: … MiaouW

MB: This is not a pipe.

Cat: … MiaOUW

MB: This is an interview given at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 12 Burgplatz, Düsseldorf.

Cat: MiAAAOUU … MIAAOU.

Cat: … MIAOOU … MIAOOUW.

Cat: … MIAAOU … MIAOU … MIAAOUW.

MB: This is an interview given at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 12 Burgplatz, Düsseldorf.

Cat: Miaou … Miaouw.

Notes
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Translation source .

Category
Interviews & Conversations, Contemporary Art
Subject
Animals, Humor & Comedy
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Marcel Broodthaers (1924–76) was a Belgian poet, filmmaker, and visual artist.

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