Lucy Walker explains her long-standing fascination with garbage and landfills, how training for a triathlon provided the genesis for Waste Land, and why the theme of ants resonates throughout the film.
Artist Vik Muniz has been exploring unconventional materials in his artwork for decades. In The Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which aired on Independent Lens way back in 2003, Vik showed off his work in sugar, soil, thread, wire, and air.
Much of Vik Muniz’s art involves collaboration with — and financial benefit to — his subjects, who are often poor and disenfranchised. Do you believe art should serve its subjects? Should Leonardo da Vinci have shared profits with, for example, the mysterious Mona Lisa?