Lady Gaga Applause single cover

Up there is the cover of Lady Gaga‘s soon-to-be-released single “Applause,” from her forthcoming album ARTPOP (you know, because she’s an artist/patron saint of art). The singer sat down with WWD to talk about that album–her follow-up to 2011’s Born This Way–and the conversation veered from fashion (power photogs/Gaga BFFS Inez and Vinoodh participate) to art to commerce to pop culture and all with a veneer of hilarious pseudo-intellectualism.

We’ve hand-selected the 7 most absurd things Gaga said to WWD, in the hopes you don’t have to read the whole thing (like we did):

When asked to explain the “Applause” cover:

“I need to get your reading first. Otherwise it’s not art.”

On spending quality time with her friends–Haus of Gaga–while recuperating from a hip injury that had her gold wheelchair-bound for some time:

“I had six months to beef up my brain and my body. I got to put a giant white or black sheet of paint over my whole canvas and I got to review ARTPOP again. I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good.”

On the artist’s vulnerability post-performance:

“It’s the end of the night after the show,” she says. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.”

On her upcoming album:

 “The point [of ARTPOP] is that art and pop can have an exchange.”

On general nonsense:

“It’s interesting how you view things, and you look at it like, I’m a pop icon, and [you wonder] ‘Is this the image of the album? Is this the direction? Who came up with it?’ I think that’s so interesting because it’s exactly the kind of thing we’re trying to destroy. This is one jacket. This is one image. This is one moment. This is one statement.”

On gibberish:

“When you watch each image and you watch each thing come out, they might not look exactly the same,” says Gaga. “[I’m not] defined by the same designer or defined by the same hair cut or defined by the same icon. The statement is that I’m not one icon. I’m every icon. I’m an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions.”

On what she’ll wear to the VMAs (with reference to her Grammys arrival via fried egg):

“I’m sending a doppelgänger. I’m going this year as a fried egg instead of hard-boiled.”

Collaborations with Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons are under way, naturally.

(via WWD)