At what point does the process of innovation cease to produce unique artistic outcomes? What do you do when you realize that what was inspiring has become insipid? These questions confront Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh, whose answer is to explore a different process and format of artistic expression.
At yesterday evening’s Film Streams Feature III gala event Steven Soderbergh confessed to his interviewer, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen, that he could see his retirement from directing on the near horizon, once his next two commitments were fulfilled. Andersen led up to this revelation through some precise, intuitive questioning around artistic themes and cinematic expression in Soderbergh’s extensive body of work. “Art is a problem solving process,” Soderbergh explained. Moreover, as you practice your talents, you demonstrably improve as you become better and quicker at identifying the wrong artistic options. (more…)