Multimedia artist Doug Aitken has set out to find the answer and has filmed interviews and collated these into a quite amazing website. Those interviews include Beck, James Turrell (hero), Jack White, Tilda Swinton and artist Mike Kelley.
The project is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, a new initiative which will see Sky Arts partner with six leading arts organisations to invest directly in the creation of new groundbreaking art works, events and performances.
You can view the website here – Doug Aitken – The Source. Quality stuff.