“The cultural consciousness is so fascinating. I try to tap into that and go down as deep as I can…. I actually think there are many realms of pop culture that are considered totally taboo to take seriously as an artist—it makes you look stupid if you care or think it’s interesting or complex in any way. People often look at me funny when I say reality TV is a brilliant medium or that teenagers on tumblr are geniuses. But anything that we consider shallow and is yet so ubiquitous can’t really be shallow or meaningless. It has to be really important for us to create it and sustain it for so long.”
Kate Durbin talks to The Rumpus about reality tv, teen tumblrs, Lady Gaga, and pop culture mythology