Interview with Brett Whiteley (O’Keefe remix)

By | 1 May 2015

‘Brett Whiteley at Baudelaire’s Grave, c. 1989’ | by Unknown | gelatin silver photograph | 14.3 x 9.3cm | National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2010

Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work spaces of the subjects rather than a recording studio. This allows something of these places into the recording whether birdsong, traffic or an r&b song playing in the background. In the recordings, de Berg herself remains enigmatic, the ghostly presence operating the machine. An exception to this can be found in this recording of Brett Whitely who, in the course of the interview, expresses frustration with the recording not being in a conventional Q&A format. De Berg can be heard offering questions and prompts about the themes and symbols in some of the paintings sitting in the room where the recording was made.

Interview with Brett Whiteley (O’Keefe remix)

Recorded on 5 March 1970 by Hazel de Berg.
2015 mix by Ella O’Keefe

‘Brett Whiteley interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection’
Courtesy of the National Library of Australia, TRC 1/461
Special acknowledgement to Duncan Felton, NLA Oral History & Folklore Branch

Read more about Brett Whiteley at the Art Gallery NSW Brett Whiteley Studio.

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