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June 16, 2009

Lilian Pfaff: So you are closing your studio. Why?

Vito Acconci: It’s not so much because we don’t have projects. We have a number that we are just beginning: a three-story building from the ground up in Milan; a “makeover” of a strip-mall in Athens, Georgia; an amphitheater in Stavanger, Norway; a park near Delft in the Netherlands; a kind of plaza/park over some train tracks in Vienna.

The contradictory thing is that at a time when there are these architectural projects that we have the possibility of doing, how do we keep the studio active on a day-to-day basis? We don’t have money constantly coming in, we have money that comes in spurts, but we can’t pay people’s salary every two weeks, rent, insurance, etc. I think it costs approximately $50,000 a month to keep the studio going, and we certainly don’t make anything near that amount now. (read)

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