“I’ve got this idea. I call it the I.A.R., the Inappropriate Aesthetic Response. I date it back to Warhol. It’s this idea you can take horrific images like the electric chair and aestheticize them. The beheading videos, the orange jumpsuits against the desert background; ISIS uses that knowingly. I have a ruthless theory, that the radical-art movement, which grew out of the failure of revolutionary politics, becomes the outriders for the property developers. You need the aesthetic of decline in order to make those buildings desirable.”
Det såkalte «hotellhullet» som ligger tvers over gata for Laerdal har altfor lenge fått forbli en skamplett for byutviklingen og et monument over politisk impotens overfor utbyggere.