Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who will be involved in the CROWD omnibus reading tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who will be travelling through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Oslo looks like, meet John Holten!
Do you see yourself as an author? Are you the originator and main authority of your text? And if not, who is, if anyone at all?
I’m an author yes, like everyone else. I am also an artist, editor and curator, I work with many people. When I write, I guess the main authority of the work rests with me, but then the work goes out into the world, then the authority is relinquished, who wants authority after all?
Have you ever participated in collaborative author/reader projects? And if so, what do you find interesting about it?
I have worked with many artists and indeed other writers as an editor. Most recently for Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jonathan Monk.
What is your favorite literary spot in …? (literary venue, bar, meeting spot etc.)