"In the Studio" with William Kentridge

  • Vera Françoise Mihailovich-Dickman (Institut Polytechnique de Paris)
  • William Kentridge


This interview explores both the individual and collective creative processes of the prolific multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist, William Kentridge. It takes place in Paris where the artist has under thirty minutes to engage in a dialogue before the first performance of his Chamber Opera, Waiting for the Sybil, in a theater new to the troupe. The conversational manner is complicit and playful, drawing on common backgrounds and histories. The result offers up a new angle on what ‘Studioness’ has become for the artist. Exploring the inward-looking and outward-reaching movements within studio practice, the interview seeks to enlarge the notion of the studio to include remote and virtual practices. The impact of, and response to, the COVID-19 lockdown period is central to the discussion.

Keywords: William Kentridge, Studioness[i], Parliament of Practices, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg, solo work, mark-making, studio group, remote workshops, stupidity, process, Sybil, Useful Fictions, Studioness

How to Cite:

Mihailovich-Dickman, V. F. & Kentridge, W., (2023) “"In the Studio" with William Kentridge”, Documenta 41(1), 43–65. doi:

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Published on
14 Nov 2023
Peer Reviewed