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May 17, 2012
Werner Herzog 

Werner Herzog in discussion with the Biennial curators. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Werner Herzog in discussion with the Biennial curators. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left: Jay Sanders, Werner Herzog, and Elisabeth Sussman. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left: Jay Sanders, Werner Herzog, and Elisabeth Sussman. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Werner Herzog discusses his inspiration for Hearsay of the Soul, his installation on view in the 2012 Biennial. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Werner Herzog discusses his inspiration for Hearsay of the Soul, his installation on view in the 2012 Biennial. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Biennial co-curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman flank filmmaker Werner Herzog. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Biennial co-curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman flank filmmaker Werner Herzog. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Inimitable filmmaker Werner Herzog, characterized as the “romantic visionary” of New German Cinema, is best known for his unorthodox approach to capturing authenticity in his films—close encounters with danger and submitting cast members to unusual training, among others—as well as his mixture of fact and fiction, in narrative and documentary films alike. The subject of his work, described as “an extended essay on the meaning of meaninglessness,” is often the extraordinary qualities of ordinary things around us. For this program, Herzog discusses his particular contributions to the Biennial and his thoughts on contemporary art with co-curators Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders.