Spencer Sweeney's Proust Questionnaire

Artist from New York, DJ, former club owner, curator of New York by Night Spencer Sweeney presents his artistic journey through the streets of the New York from the late 90's until today at HdM Gallery. He answered for Doors the Proust Questionnaire (a parlor game popularized by French writer Marcel Proust, who believed that answering these questions reveal an individual’s true nature).


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The idea of perfect happiness is synonymous and cannot exist without suffering. It’s half of the equation.

What do you fear most?


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

All of them.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Greed, but I also fear my own. 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Being alive.

What is your current state of mind?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?

Most of it comes from personal insecurity or doubt.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My left ear.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Not being a man. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Interdimensional travel. 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My right ear. I was just rubbing it.

When and where were you happiest?

Reading in bed.

Which talent would you most like to have?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My left ear.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A pineapple. 

Where would you most like to live?

I’m happy in NYC.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have any. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

I would have to ask somebody else.

What do you most value in your friends?

Probably their sense of humor. 

Who are your favorite writers? 

I like Mary Shelley, Leopold von Sacher-Mosach, Balzac, Céline and Shakespeare.

Who is your fictional hero?


Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Sun Ra.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Sun Ra and Snoopy.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t even know where to start, it’s innumerable. 

How would you like to die?


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