Islamophobia and the Aegis of Freedom of Speech

[published in CounterPunch, 12 May, 2015] In 2002, I would meet up with two friends, a couple, for frequent dinners in New York.  My friends had this theatrical side of their relationship where they would “critique” conservative ideologies employing the effect and tone of certain comedy…

A Conversation with Herzog and de Meuron on Memory, Textures & Smells

I sat down with Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog (of Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron) just before the dismantling of the Serpentine Gallery’s 2012 Pavilion in Hyde Park, London.  The 2012 Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Herzog, de Meuron and Chinese artist,…

Gilbert and George Discuss Memory and Art

During the Serpentine Gallery’s Memory Marathon, I conducted an interview with the artistic duo, Gilbert and George. Moments before they had just finished presenting The Singing Sculpture which encapsulates for them the past, present and future.  Here is our discussion on memory and art. George,…