Interview with JH/ART-ERRORIST of FAUST

Interview with JH of FAUST!

JH & Zappi of Faust at the MOCAD in Detroit, 2009, photo taken from

What’s up:

had recently most of my teeth pulled out … no further comments needed… apart from that, feeling good and looking forward to whatever comes up… like new teeth, the avantgarde Festival , springtime, faust tours , peace of mind

Where are you from:

born in casablanca from the womb of my mama , childhood in Normandy, youth “on the roads” of europe, then found some roots in germany, faust is one of them

Where are you now:

physically I am in my office in schiphorst, a village of 500 souls, between hamburg and Luebeck… that is germany north…
but …where am I ? out of the sweet age of illusions, still far away from clearsight

How long have you been at it:

my mother sang a lot and my father played the violin… so I have been at it since they made me… sometimes I am seriously at it… like practicing and reflecting about it… but most of the times, I am letting “it” being at me.

What got you started:

honestly: nothing… I feel I started instantly… too bad my birth was not recorded…

What else do you do:

work with my hands, think with my head , breath and move my bowels

I love working and I am good at it. I am not too good at thinking with my head. I breath and move my bowels ok… hopefully.

How do you keep it together:

my beloved carina does it… and an immense amount of naivety, ignorance and arrogance

What are you reading:

words are worms : they wiggle in from of my eyes and when I am done, they are back so deep inside I cant remember what they meant… I read repeatedly tales of ancient heroes… i remember them

What comedy and/or comedians are you into:

sorry, this is a sector where I don’t go at all… the only one I can think of spontaneously would be jean-baptiste poquelin …. he is from the XVII century … he did not make the international charts yet… or did he ?

What are you listening to, lately:

all the artists who send me their music to apply for the 7th Avantgarde Festival…

What art, if any, you seen worth talking about:

I almost said “none” as it seemed absurd to me to “talk” about art… i thought it would be better to either “do” art or “enjoy/consume” art… but I admit it is ok to talk about it too… any art…

Worked any fucked-up jobs? Do tell:

funny… NO .. I always enjoy what I am doing… I cannot remember actually doing something I would not like …
I am trying hard to remember one: …. no…. i guess if I don’t like something, I don’t do it… mmmm

Played any fucked-up shows:

I played out of tune a couple times … that was terrible… I could hear it but I could not get out of it … I was like.. say.. hypnotized by the “bad” sound …

With whom, if anyone, do you roll:

with my dog… his name is Panou.. he is good. I want to look like him, feel like him, be like him .

Where are you headed:

forwards, straight forwards…

Where is the rest of it headed:

the unfortunates are not moving at all, the mad ones try to go backwards… happily , most of the rest is moving forwards

What can you do about it:

trust … trust the “weltkrümmung” (world-bending) … one day or the other we all shall be at the same spot again, so we all get a new chance..

Are there any people you’d like to mention who’ve helped you work it out:

chronologically: my parents, my family, my friends, my schools, society, my travels, my lovers,… this was the time when I craved for help…. later : other friends, other lovers…. but soon I did not want to “take” help anymore…. now I feel I’d rather “give” help

I am hesitant to give names as I would be unfair on the ones I would not mention … but I guess my mother and uwe nettelbeck can be listed and no one offended

People to look for:

fuck man, I cannot answer that …

People to look out for, because they are bad news:

I know YOU are good news because your questions are good news…I am no good at pointing at what s right and what s bad…

I am fairly sure that politicians are motherfuckers, military heads are not recommendable either

Anything you have in the works, on the ready, or on the horizon:

a poem for cement mixer and symphony orchestra

Anything else you want to pass on:

rund ist schoen !

Avantgarde Festival 2010
JULY 2-4

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