1991 interview

Newly available 15-page interview, with photos: John Tranter, in conversation with Stephen Craft and Helen Loughlin, for «Hermes» magazine, Sydney: The University of Sydney Union, 1991. See below.

At work on the interview, Stanmore, Sydney, 1991: Matthew Karpin, John Forbes, Helen Loughlin; photo John Tranter
At work on the interview, Stanmore, Sydney, 1991: Matthew Karpin, John Forbes, Helen Loughlin; photo John Tranter

«It’s not true that the way we dress or eat or go to the movies is a language. It’s not. Language consists of words and a coat is not a word. There is a word “coat” that refers to the object occasionally, but a shop full of clothes is not like an anthology of poems, for example. That’s an interesting idea, but to build a theory on a metaphor as thin as that appears to me very silly.»

Photographs added and some interpolations made in 2013 by John Tranter.
Read the full interview here.