On Collaboration: Tracey Emin x Harland Miller

The Artists Talk the Politics of Pairing Up in the Latest in Our Series With EDITION Hotels

Tracey Emin and Harland Miller, two names synonymous with London’s contemporary art scene, come together in “Dedication,” the latest episode of our series in conjunction with EDITION Hotels, shot by their old friend, the long-time documentarian Johnnie Shand Kydd. “Rather than a collaboration, I see it more as helping each other out,” says Emin. “When I was a younger artist, we all used to do that.” Emin rose to international fame in the late 1990s as one of a new wave of British conceptual artists championed by collector Charles Saatchi, and featured in his seminal exhibition of 1997 Sensation. While Emin and Miller muse on the focused and frequently isolated world that artists inhabit in this video, they also discuss their occasional collaborations with other artists, including each other. Miller has published several novels and become known for his large canvasses depicting satirical, fictional Penguin covers, and in 2008 organized an exhibition, You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, at London’s White Cube Gallery, where he asked artists as well as Emin to make a work as a response to a particular piece of writing by Edgar Allan Poe. Emin obliterated Miller’s own contribution to their joint work by painting over it, but Miller remained unfazed. “That’s a positive part of collaboration,” says Miller. “You have to take it on the chin.”

Each film in the On Collaboration series has been produced in partnership with EDITION Hotels, a new project between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. The London EDITION opened in September 2013.

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    On Collaboration: Rufus Norris x Rory Kinnear

    The Director and Actor Continue Our Series in Association with EDITION Hotels

    The rehearsal rooms of the National Theatre serve as the backdrop to the second film in our series, On Collaboration, created in conjunction with EDITION Hotels. Titled “Innovation,” the episode sees the much-lauded director Rufus Norris and actor-of-the-moment Rory Kinnear come together for an exclusive, improvised performance, offering a unique view on the close, intimate relationship they develop over the course of a production. The pair have worked together several times, including in the 2004 Almeida Theatre production of Festen and later in 2012’s Broken, Norris’s first foray into feature film, which won a brace of plaudits at the British Independent Film Awards. “Actors don’t know nearly as much about acting as directors do,” muses the James Bond star, Kinnear, who has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. “And directors never know as much about directing as actors do. Because directors are rarely in rooms with other directors.” Norris trained as an actor before turning his hand to directing, rising to prominence in 2001 with the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer; this year he has already directed the critically acclaimed Feast at the Young Vic and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre. With a work philosophy that encourages an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, he stresses the lack of hierarchy on set. “The most wonderful thing is when you can create an atmosphere where inhibition and the fear of exposing yourself, metaphorically and emotionally, disappears,” explains Norris.

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    Straight from the Wolvesmouth

    Chef Provocateur Craig Thornton On the Art of Underground Dining

    “The opening dish is venison, ripped apart and strewn onto the plate to look like a bloody and decayed piece of meat,” says Craig Thornton of the visceral food he will be serving up at Cut Your Teeth, the collaborative installation made with artist Matthew Bone that opens today at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. “You are eating something that looks eerily similar to a deer carcass, but the dish itself includes moss, blackberry beet gastrique, coffee cocoa crumble and purple cabbage.” Armed with a range of culinary experience—from learning his trade at Thomas Keller’s Las Vegas bistro Bouchon to becoming Nicholas Cage’s private chef—and having recently received profiles in The New Yorker and Hollywood Reporter, the man behind culinary sensation Wolvesmouth is captured here by filmmaker Jordan Bahat in a Downtown Los Angeles loft during one of his monthly conceptual dinners. “The Santa Monica installation is the first foray into a direction I’ve wanted to take Wolvesmouth for a long time,” says Thornton, who will be working with art impresario Jeffrey Deitch when Cut Your Teeth moves to New York. “It is a snapshot of everything we push away to keep this perfect idealized box of what we think reality is, leaving a lot of people devoid of knowing where their food comes from.”

    Cut Your Teeth runs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, October 16 through October 26 and in New York City November 7 through December 14.

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