Le Bel Ordinaire is a contemporary art space based in the South of France (Pau-Pyrénées). The question of the editorial object is one of its main interests: Communications not only convey information, but also a graphic-design vision.
Since September 2012, the space publishes a magazine, which is called le BO Numéro and is one of its mediation tools. For three weeks, I carried out experiments during the “paper residency” and developed an offset “mise en abyme” through which 2,500 different posters were printed out from the offset plates of the magazine itself. Each 100 ones, the parameters of the machine changed to bring uniqueness into the core of the model, thus questioning the whole printing process and creating prints outside the classical constraints of graphic design.
The blend of colours and patterns combined with the use of high quality fabrics and printing resulted in a limited bed linen collection for ZigZagZurich, the Swiss based home textiles label.
I experimented unusual techniques and analog methods to reinvent my digital aesthetic body of work in highly vibrant patterns, bring computer algorithms in printed textiles and create my first textile edition for ZigZagZurich:
Thereby Frontiers was generated to reveal a sliding noisy sandbank. From the pixelation was also born the crisscrossed Highland, high resolution of the Scottish tartan. Diffraction occurred when a light wave came across a block of glass. As well as Kinetic, an unbound imaginary exposed by the automatic writing of a flawed analog video camera. An error is a deviation from accuracy or correctness which as to be explored. A corrupted file broadcasted Glitch as a pattern code.
Tribal Daze, Magnetic Fields and Balearic Haze were born out of my Berlin live video (VJ) practise. It is kind of as if a bunch of colours went nightclubbing and found some crazy cool shapes that they dug so much they decided to merge their auras.
I redesigned the identity, logo and stationary of the Swiss home textile brand ZigZagZurich. With over 20 years of producing high quality home textiles, the creators Adam and Michele decided to launch a new platform where artists would meet textile. Quality and fun were put back into home textiles to reach the design-conscious market segment with a focus on great quality products, local production and natural fabrics.
Battlefield Memories of a Soldier / sound by sanmi & Usual name
Last June, Rencontres Audiovisuelles called for a video mapping contest, organized within the European Heritage days 2014. Each work were designed for the War Memorial located on the Rihour Square in Lille according to the theme “Great War, 1914-1918”.
5 Years Lost, 2014.
♫ Bum bum bum ♫
I was very happy to join the united forces of the amazing Bum bum team. Live in action at the Ritter Butzke, Berlin, October 2014. The club celebrated its 5th anniversary, honoured by live screen printing, visuals and fresh tunes.
Houten vs. Knoops, 2014.
I was very happy to be part of the first edition of ZEST in Amsterdam Roest, on July 18th. Many thanks to the talented Cyanne van den Houten for her invitation, which led to this great visual ping-pong game.
“ZEST stands for great taste, strong aesthetics, quality music and surprise. ZEST is the red pepper in the ass of the Amsterdam nightlife. ZEST is your annoying little brother. ZEST is compulsion neurotic and obsessive. ZEST screams. And then just a little harder”.
Planetenexport was founded in 2012 by the musical theater director Franziska Guggenbichler Beck and the set designer Mareike Hantschel. It sees itself as a free collective performing musical theater in special formats, exploring and expanding horizons.
The playful balanced identity, including logo and website, reflects the way that the collective is working, bringing together a lively ensemble.
I designed the communication tools of the microtonal contemporary opera by Planetenexport, based on a novel by Jim Shepard and composed by Jeffrey Arlo Brown, which took place in Berlin at the end of July 2014.
“In Love & Hydrogen, tones move. And a moving tone takes on a life of its own: it passes the listener, resulting in the Doppler Effect, a physical phenomenon we perceive as a slight change in pitch. This idea, not new, is the basis of the entire composition, determining harmony, pulse, and timbre.”
—Jeffrey Arlo Brown
Association Médias et Développement, 2014.
I created the logo for the Media and Development Association, active in Senegal and Germany and whose aim is to promote education, sustainable development, tolerance, intercultural dialogue and international solidarity through audiovisual skills.
Where the avant-garde comes out to play.
At the intersection of underground dance club culture, fringe experimental music performance and alternative art, fashion and design, aaaviary is an event-driven collective of composers, musicians and visual artists who seek to create new spaces for experiencing multi sensory evenings of cutting-edge art and music in inimitable venues around New York City and Berlin.
The logo (and soon the whole event identity) aims at reflecting aaaviary’s crossbreed DNA of classical and contemporary roots with the use of the Lineto typeface Inter by Robert Hueber and an ear-splitting logo becoming gradually musical.
Laure Boer, 2014.
I created these music videos and performed live with photobooth for the French sound artist Laure Boer. Born into a family of musicians, Laure received a strong education in classical music, instrumental practice, theory and history. Her body of work is diverse and includes theoretical and structural works as well as sensual experiments and improvisational pieces. She takes field recordings, sounds from everyday life and noises and weaves them into intricate, dense tracks.
The meeting of our artistic fields blended into the same process, surrounded by improvisation tools.
Mies Nobis—Horn, 2014.
Lookbook for the Horn collection of the Australian jewellery designer Mies Nobis, based in Berlin. Let’s get horny.
Photography by Alberto Maria Colombo, product images by Colby Blount, hair style by Shingo Shibata, make up by Yuko, model: Florence Haines @OneManagement, produced by Andrea Deanesi.
Here is an excerpt of a performance I did with live videos and Ipad installation at the Brunnen70 (‘Hölle, Hölle, Skandal um Rosy’), Berlin, October 12th 2013.
I shot the courier, 2013.
Part of the online exhibition Metamorphosis by ReVision Arts.
Pictures embody the result of strategic experiments and a playful process at the same time. How can we juggle with visual rhetoric and graphic languages?
Here, the metamorphosis is not just a final result, but is also integrated into the work as a process. By positioning the structure—from a notebook— in the core of the process, it gives birth to a visual vocabulary involved in the evolution of the form. From one stage to the next.
Music video for Sanmi,
The Japan based artist Kyo Yanagi describes his alter ego ‘Sanmi’ as an experimental unit since 1998. He uses algorithms based on electronic composition techniques to create textures spanning from warm and delicate to visceral and abrasive.
Mies Nobis—Spiine, 2013.
Lookbook for the collection Spiine of the Australian jewellery designer Mies Nobis, kowtowed in Berliin.
Photos by Chad & Paul, styling by Andrea Deanesi, hair stylist: Andrea Martinelli, make up by Yuko Fredriksson, model: Siobhan Perry, produced by Andrea Deanesi.
What is graphic design?, 2012.
What is graphic design? is a book giving an overview of the basic concepts of graphic design: forms, shapes, colors, layouts and processes.
“To understand the meaning of design is […] to understand the part form and content play […] Design is both a verb and a noun. It is the beginning as well as the end, the process and product of imagination”.
Partitions graphiques, 2012.
Translating the sound to the picture is a musical process of an artistic practice: To be inspired by a music from a rock culture by the breakdown and the abolition of rules, to make a personal perception of sound, to position ourselves as musical and visual elements of a disparate group and finally to give birth of a picture vocabulary involved in the reconstruction of graphic tabs.
Ceci n’est pas une frontière, 2012.
I am Belgian. A whispered information which will not be the last answer. You wait for the next question, as some things remain untold with that kind of confession. Flemish or Walloon? Not that simple. You could also be a Brusseler—a way to be Belgian twice. There are three broad distinguished categories in Belgium: the Flemings, the Walloons, and the Belgians.
Belgium’s motto is: “l’union fait la force—union makes strength”. Yet, nowadays, union seems so far away. What is on the other side of the fence looks more and more foreign and hostile. The reason perhaps has a name: the linguistic border.