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Scott King 


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Scott King trained as a graphic designer. He worked as Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines. His work has been exhibited widely in London, New York and European galleries. He recently published a monograph called Scott King Art Works.

What are you reading currently?

I'm carefully studying a book called 'Books + Multiples' about Dieter Roth. This coinciding with (or creating) a new fantasy about creating dozens of 'home made' books at the same time.

Have any exhibitions impressed you recently?

The last really great show I saw was by Simon Periton and Alan Kane at Sadie Coles HQ, it was called 'The Asbo Mystery Play and other public works'. The title alone deserves an award. There is also a truly bonkers and fantastic new show by Jamie Reid called 'The Ragged Kingdom', organised by Isis Gallery at Londonnewcastle Depot, it's on until the 30th July... people must go.

You have associations with some interesting musicians – what music do you listen to for pleasure?

I've been struggling with music recently - tired of all my usual stuff - but my father-in-law just sent me this great CD box set called 'Swing tanzen verboten!', it's subtitled 'Swing Music and Nazi Propaganda Swing During World War II'... quite a catchy title, I'm sure it'll soon storm the charts.

Do you go to gigs? Have any stood out recently?

I haven't been to a gig for a while. The last brilliant gigs I saw were The Pre-New at The Lexington in Islington... and John Maus at The Serpentine... but both of those were last summer. I need some guidance with new music. I need a youthful mentor.

What about movies - are you a film fan?

I'm like either a very old senile person or a very young toddler when it comes to film - that is – I like to watch the same film over and over again; staring blankly at the screen. I go through phases of watching the same film three or four times in a week... the Film4 channel and their shamelessly repetitive programming are a great aid to me in this. I've watched 'Heat' three times in the last ten days. I like to think that I'm secretly plotting a new project that is somehow about 'Heat'... but really, I'm just staring at it.

What else has caught your attention recently – magazines, internet, TV, radio?

I have to confess that I haven't read it yet, but I really like the look of this magazine called P.E.A.R (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research)... I aim to buy some copies very soon. On TV, I'm an avid follower of The Apprentice - I can't wait for Jim to be sent packing. And since a few weeks back - when I was with you and Jamie Hobson at LCC and you both enthused about it - I've become an convert to 'Philosophy Bites' - the podcast that explains concepts that you didn't know you had any interest in - 'Vagueness' for example.

www.scottking.co.uk

July 2011

 

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