In an interview with interior designer Axel Vervoordt, Kanye West reveals that he is working on a philosophy book.
I’ve got this new concept that I’ve been diggin’ into. I’m writing a philosophy book right now called Break the Simulation. And I’ve got this philosophy — or let’s say it’s just a concept because sometimes philosophy sounds too heavy-handed. I’ve got a concept about photographs, and I’m on the fence about photographs — about human beings being obsessed with photographs — because it takes you out of the now and transports you into the past or transports you into the future. It can be used to document, but a lot of times it overtakes [people]. People dwell too much in the memories.
I mean, it’s not a ridiculous, uh, concept. But I hope it gets developed a little better than that paragraph suggests. I wonder if he’ll engage with other philosophers and their concepts about photography.
For those curious about his cred in writing something like this: he also drops a “secret weapon”.
This is kind of a little secret weapon that I’ve had on the world: I’ve actually got a Ph.D. from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Well, it’s an honorary degree. But hey, if it gets people thinking about philosophy of photography, that’s something.
Go to Hollywood Reporter for the full interview.