Maki Na Kamura

Maki Na Kamura, Photo: Credit Studio MNK 2023

Maki Na Kamura on engaging with Beuys, bricks from Berlin and Brandenburg and Bob Ross

What are you working on at the moment?
I wanted to grasp Beuys and failed. I’m trying to use that as a result.

What are you reading or listening to right now?
I’m reading the instruction manual for a fax machine. It’s like reading a map of a country that tomorrow will no longer exist. Or who knows?

What does good art education/outreach require?
Doubt and confidence in equal doses.

Do you have a favourite building?
Everything made of Berlin-Brandenburg brick.

Is there someone you would like to meet?
The person who discovered Bob Ross (TV Series; The Joy of Painting, 1983–1994). I will present them a new format.

Do you have a daily ritual?
Finding pretexts to flee my everyday duties.

What accessory or object could you not do without?
My two notebooks, one made of plastic, the other paper.

What does sustainability mean for you?
Everything and yet nothing.

What do you think Berlin’s artistic and cultural landscape needs?
More vitality through competition. That would attract a larger audience, and all the more artists.

What do you do when you’re done working?
Breathe in deeply, exhale, and smile.