Martin Creed: This work is work number 850, or 8-5-0. I can’t always think how to title things so I always use numbers just to have a way of identifying what I do, what I try to do. But the work consists of people running through the gallery or consists of a person running through the gallery every 30 seconds. I was asked by the Tate if I could think that I might imagine making something for the Duveen Galleries and immediately this is what I thought of and I thought that the Duveen Galleries being so long were a good theatre for this work because it’s almost the length of, say, a sprinting… like an indoor sprinting track. If I think about running and why it is that I like it I think that it is perhaps because it’s an exciting action and I think it’s also an example of being alive. If you think of death as being still, perfectly still, and so the opposite of death would be to move as fast as you possibly can. And I think of art or the experience of art always as a live experience. You know, a painting may be a fixed static object but the experience of looking at a painting is always a live one because people are alive and constantly moving, you know, their heart’s beating. So the experience of looking at things is always in movement and to my mind there isn’t such a leap therefore from a painting to a person running in the gallery which is, of course, a moving or kinetic work. That’s not necessarily why I made this piece. I made the piece, I think, originally when I thought about it because I thought it was funny really and it makes me smile when I see people running through the gallery. When I was working on the piece I was thinking that like in the street, if you’re in the street and someone runs past it often can be quite shocking, like “oh, what’s happening”. Has there been a theft or a shop lifter running away from the police or something like that. It can be quite shocking when you see someone running in the street. So I think running in general stands out. Probably the one place it wouldn’t stand out would be like an athletics meeting. So that would probably be not the place to display the running piece. Artists do not make art, artists make things or objects, whatever it may… painting, sculptures. They make stupid objects which get used as art by human beings. And I’m actually not the person to ask about whether this is art because it’s not me that decides if something’s art or not. The person asking that question can decide for themselves, or should question in general the fact that certain objects are used and treated as art by the general world that we live in. Art’s just a word.