"Architects are given programs. They complain about that, but that's ultimately the only thing that keeps them alive."
"That pill, (the pop song) ... people don't get sick of that pill."
"I don't notice the rhythm inside of me reflected in my work until a work is finished, and I am always surprised to see it."
"Repetition is all about rock-N-roll."
"A lot of cutting goes into our music, and the cutting allows us to develop patterns ... then suddenly interrupt them."
"Once you get in a groove, the audience is with you, and you can drive around to all kinds of places."
"Repetition is something deep in human experience, and it crops up again and again."
"Humans are rhythmic creatures ... we have a heart that beats, and our brains work in certain pulses—our blood pumps in certain rhythms, that's just how we're programmed."
"A simple idea repeated ... sometimes that's what makes great, exciting things. Having a dumb idea and seeing how desperately far you can go with it."
"Row, row, row your boat. That's a very powerful idea. I live on that idea."
"I want to live in all of America at once. Maybe that's what drives me to work the way I do."
"As you listened to the repetition of the sound it became a kind of landscape."
"Repetition involves movement, and any kind of movement is good, because it indicates progress."
"We are constantly repeating."
"You cannot do the same experiment twice because everything changes: you've changed, the environment's changed, the climate's changed."
"They talk about photographing and I say well, I think I'm photographing life today. You want to put it better, go ahead."
"What was kind of interesting to me is that architecture could make complete fictions a total sort of form you could enter and then suddenly believe in it."
"You're creating this vessel for this idea that you are trying to cut a shape out of all this nonsense. Just shaped chaos."
"The thing that keeps me being a performer is my interest in society's obsession with identity because I'm not sure identity exists."
"If you're curious and you're naïve, you step off the ledge and you find yourself in trouble and then you work your way out of it."
"They're (the paintings) really like architectural projects in a lot of ways, there is a foundation and you build upon that foundation and the clad and where their final surface."
"That was the vantage point, by starting from zero. It’s partly delusional because we can never start from zero. We start from all of history, so it turns out to be from 14 billions of years."
"It's like discovering a new continent, you know? Like a new piece of land to be formed. It's something bigger than me, you know?"
"It is all one big collage, and when it's working well it is a collage. Language, image, position, installation."
The Source is a series of filmed conversations about creativity in the 21st Century in which the artist Doug Aitken conducts short candid conversations with ground-breaking pioneers in different artistic disciplines. Patterns & Repetition creates a fast, rhythmic, kaleidoscope of dialogs with the creative individuals who are shaping modern culture.
Devendra Banhart, Jack White, James Murphy, Mike Kelley, Jacques Herzog, Ryan Trecartin, Lucky Dragons, Fischli & Weiss, Yayoi Kusama, Michael Nyman, Blue Cheer, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Stephen Shore, Dan Graham ...