:: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 ::

Portrait of an artist... After discovering the trance-inducing work of Flash animation called Jesus Swimming (and then blogging about it), I decided to engage the artist, Miltos Manetas, in a bit of e-mail conversation. Here are snippets from our e-mail interview.

AC: How did you come up with the whole "Jesus Swimming" concept?

MM: I come up with the JS concept in the usualway that artists think of subjects: out of nothing. First I thought that jesusswimming.com would be a nice name for a website and then , after I asked my friends and they liked it, I purchased it. Later, when the Museum of Modern Art in Paris commissioned me to do a new digital work, I decided to realize the piece. I am not a believer , but I like a lot the miracles by Jesus. They are very fresh and purposeless, similar to contemporary art. Especially the one where he walks on the water. That image is so powerful, that we have trouble today to envision Jesus do the most simple thing, which is swimming. Therefore, to see him swimming, is a kind of a reverse miracle and the large public response to the piece shows that it actually functions as one. It's also a miracle that everybody can do and I am also interested in that kind of miracle.

AC: Have you considered doing "Walking on Water Jesus"? Why or why not?

MM: I would like to do that, but it should really be spectacular to be interesting . I should find somebody who can actually walk on the water. Years ago, I did a piece called Miracle, using a videogame simulation, an airplane that because of a software bug, it would start to run over the sea. You can see the piece at www.aftervideogames.com . I also wrote different texts using Jesus as a metaphor. They are at www.manetas.com/txt/index.html".

:: Andrew 07:58 + ::

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