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Born: 1966-07-09
Profession: Writer
Nation: Belgian
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I need to be very hungry all the time. I need to be very hungry to write.

Tags: Hungry, Time, Write

I thought maybe I would become a god, or a goddess, or a president or a Nobel Prize winner.

Tags: Become, God, Thought

It's while writing that suddenly a point of view appears: 'So, that's what I really thought about this thing'. Then it feels part of me.

Tags: Thought, While, Writing

Luckily I haven't fallen into the trap, which has claimed so many writers, of living from day to day thinking 'Ah, I'll write a book about that.'

Tags: Book, Living, Thinking

More and more I understand that it's very fine not to know where you come from.

Tags: Fine, Understand

When I want to be incognito, I don't wear any hat. Unfortunately, even without the hat, they now recognise me in Paris.

Tags: Hat, Paris, Wear

When you have a lot of success you don't need vanity any more.

Tags: Success, Vanity

I eat in a strange way, but I enjoy it. Everything became well when I finally understood that I enjoy being hungry. Normally, I only eat in the evening.

Tags: Enjoy, Evening, Strange

I never even dreamt of being a writer because I didn't feel allowed. When I was a child I was terribly ambitious, but I didn't know at all what this great thing would become.

Tags: Become, Child, Great

I will never be one of the happy stupid that were born somewhere. This way of life is excellent for the imagination. It develops your paranoia. You feel paranoid when you don't understand a country, and being paranoiac is excellent for fiction.

Tags: Happy, Life, Stupid

I've noticed it a lot. I'm not someone who revises. It's always the first movement, it's that. It's an instinct. Either it works straight away, or it won't ever work.

Tags: Away, Someone, Work

Of course you have memories, and these memories are convincing. But it's really at the moment when I write them down - when I write about my relationship with that Japanese boy in Ni d'Eve, Ni d'Adam - that they reach a degree of reality which is incandescent, that I've really conquered a story, understood it and feel that it is really part of me.

Tags: Moment, Reality, Write

There is always room for coincidence.

Tags: Room

It is such a complex matter we live within, it is impossible to track logic and decision making really, so therefore each choice can actually only be seen as coincidence.

Tags: Decision, Impossible, Matter

I try to keep a balance between conceptional or intellectual comprehension and emotional understanding.

Tags: Emotional, Keep, Try

It is important for me that a certain depth and variety of both exist next to each other. I am very careful not to sacrifice the one for the other.

Tags: Both, Next, Sacrifice

Starting off, all options are always open, but as soon as you choose something, you inevitably limit yourself. If you go for B, A is out.

Tags: Choose, Off, Yourself

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Every individual decision is nothing but coincidence, every artistic decision is coincidence.

Tags: Artistic, Decision, Individual

You cannot always make such big exhibitions, because they consume too much time and energy.

Tags: Cannot, Energy, Time

I always try hard to arrange all media in a way so that it expresses what I want - this is not limited to one medium alone and varies from case to case.

Tags: Alone, Hard, Try

I made a lot of different experiments with tapes at that time, until I finally realized around 1995, that sound is an interesting subject for me. Ever since then sound got more and more integrated into my art works, musically as well as physically.

Tags: Art, Time, Until

I usually create sounds and have different generators running over it. You know you can open a word-file as a picture or the other way round. I do the same with sounds.

Tags: Create, Open, Picture

One often thinks that using 2 different things like visual and sound lead to 2 different conclusions - to a different content - but in in my case it is all one.

Tags: Content, Often, Sound

Some things can be perfectly expressed by sound alone and images would only be disturbing. Other times, sound would be possible, but visuals are much stronger and closer to what I want to express and then again, they sometimes overlap perfectly.

Tags: Again, Alone, Sometimes

The subject of my work has a lot to do with general, artistic matters, questions like: What is creativity? Where do we come from? What are our motors? What is coincidence? What is logic?

Tags: Creativity, Questions, Work

When I define polarities in my work, I actually create the space between things. I point to the question I am actually interested in, without naming it.

Tags: Between, Question, Work

Each play I write has its own unique origin story.

Tags: Story, Unique, Write

I always thought of my mother as a warrior woman, and I became interested in pursuing stories of women who invent lives in order to survive.

Tags: Mother, Woman, Women

I need a release from whatever I'm writing.

Tags: Release, Whatever, Writing

I'm a schizophrenic writer.

Tags: Writer

In the business of war, the role of women is really to maintain normalcy and ensure that there is cultural continuity.

Tags: Business, War, Women

My interest in theatre and storytelling began in my mother's kitchen. It was a meeting place for my mother's large circle of friends.

Tags: Friends, Mother, Place

Plays are getting smaller and smaller, not because playwrights minds are shrinking but because of the economics.

Tags: Economics, Getting, Minds

African American women in particular have incredible buying power. Statistically, we go to the movies more than anyone. We have made Tyler Perry's career. His films open with $25 million almost consistently.

Tags: Movies, Power, Women

I am interested in people living in the margins of society, and I do have a mission to tell the stories of women of colour in particular. I feel we've been present throughout history, but our voices have been neglected.

Tags: History, Society, Women

I can't quite remember the exact moment when I became obsessed with writing a play about the seemingly endless war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but I knew that I wanted to somehow tell the stories of the Congolese women caught in the cross-fire.

Tags: War, Women, Writing

I find my characters and stories in many varied places; sometimes they pop out of newspaper articles, obscure historical texts, lively dinner party conversations and some even crawl out of the dusty remote recesses of my imagination.

Tags: Party, Sometimes, Stories

I was repeatedly told that there isn't an African American woman who can open a show on Broadway. I said, 'Well, how do we know? How do we know if we don't do it?' I said, 'I think you're wrong.'

Tags: Said, Woman, Wrong

I've been asked a lot why didn't 'Ruined' go to Broadway. It was the most successful play that Manhattan Theatre Club has ever had in that particular space, and yet we couldn't find a home on Broadway.

Tags: Home, Successful, Why

If you lead with the anger, it will turn off the audience. And what I want is the audience to engage with the material and to listen and then to ask questions. I think that 'Ruined' was very successful at doing that.

Tags: Anger, Off, Successful