by Vik Hovanisian

(the Proust Questionnaire)

smART Magazine Presents:
Le Questionnaire de Proust

In 1886, young M. Proust revealed his precocious and subtle spirit in a common parlour game, the “confessional” questionnaire, that was popular within Victorian society. While significant cultural and intellectual figures such as Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also left such confessions to posterity, it was Proust’s, in his refined form, that provided one of the most widely used personality questionnaires in history. Discovered and published in 1924 by psychoanalyst A. Berge, who found that Proust had “strived to reflect the most elusive nuances of thought,” the document became well-known as
“Le Questionnaire de Proust.” 

Marcel Proust
by Sarah Alinia Ziazi

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Episode 3:
Lynn Hershman Leeson

As an artist, Lynn Hershmann Leeson’s work has been featured in many international art galleries, including the public collections of the MoMa in New York, the National Gallery of Canada, the Tate Modern, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As a filmmaker, her six feature films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, TIFF and the Berlin International Film Festival. Her work has always looked to the future, whether by experimenting with artificial intelligence and virtual reality as art media, or with genetics and biotechnology in her The Infinite Engine installation and her 2018 exhibition Anti-Bodies at the House of Electronic Arts in Basel.

Lynn Hershman Leeson
by Ella Mazur

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1

Your chief characteristic?

Curiosity and persistence.

2

What would you like to be?

Younger.

3

What do you detest above all?

Conflict.

4

The quality you favour in women?

Honesty and humour and kindness.

5

Your friends’ best virtues?

Honesty and humour and kindness.

6

Your main flaw?

Self-deprecation.

7

Your favourite past-time?

Probably the 18th century.

8

The faults you most indulge?

Things that taste sweet.

9

Your idea of happiness?

Being with my family and everybody’s healthy.

10

Your real-life heroines?

People like Ada Lovelace, Gertrude Stein… People who fight to make a difference, who fight to do their art, who protect their own creativity and use it as a gesture to help humanity.

11

The historical figures you hold in contempt?

Hitler. Maybe that’s enough.

12

The reform you most admire?

Women’s right to abortion.

13

The natural gift you wish to have?

Straighter hair.

14

 How would you like to die?

Peacefully, with my family.

15

Your motto?

Never give up.

16

Your current state of mind and spirit?

Bouncy.