I found this interview with Christine Hill on Lee Walton’s website and thought I’d share it. Hill is head of the Department Media, Trend and Public Appearance at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. The interview discusses her work and the link between the making of art and the very unconventional and intriguing project Volksboutique. Here’s part of the interview……..
‘Volksboutique began as a thrift store/sculptural installation in Berlin back in the ’90s when she left New York and landed in Germany. Visitors would open the door to her underground shop, tea was served, clothes were cheap and people congregated to discuss topics ranging from identity and self presentation, to weather and the effect of tourism on the neighborhood (via).
Volksboutique projects kept on evolving, surprising and questioning the audience and the art world. She franchised the boutique for Documenta X in Kassel in 1997, then abandoned her role as a salesgirl and mutated into a late-night talk-show host, a tour guide, a masseuse, a handbags and retro-looking stamp kits designer, etc. Turning everyday job into an artistic activity that could either be presented inside galleries or taken on the road inside carefully crafted trunks’