You Alone Can Change the World with Luke Rudman

Today’s guest is an extraordinary young South African artist, Luke Rudman, who turns trash that he finds on the coastline into mind-blowing works of art. Combining visual and performance art Luke sends an important message about the state of the environment and oceans in particular. What started as a student project later on lead to collaborations with of organizations like GreenPeace. We talk about why inspiration should almost be a step two for an artist, what can you do, when procrastination takes over and how one single weird idea can influence the minds of many. Enjoy!

Show Notes

What we talked about:


  • Never giving up on your early childhood interests
  • Exploring visual and performance art as a genre
  • Performance artists in South Africa
  • How to appreciate your audience’s engagement and reaction to your work
  • You are your own canvas
  • Collaborating with others
  • The “12 Plastic Monsters” project, the meaning and making behind it
  • Luke Rudman’s future projects
  • The impact of the pandemic and the year 2020
  • Advice for younger/ aspiring performance artists
  • The process of making an art piece and performing
  • Dealing with procrastination




Luke’s Instagram


Performance artists:


Marina Abramovic

Steven Cohen

Athi-Patra Ruga

Sethembile Msezane

Jelili Atiku


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