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11/1: In the Pool

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with In the Pool can also now be found at: 11on1.com

In the Pool are designers Louise Harling and Géraldine Pace, they live and work in Paris, France.

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11/1*, Vol 18: In the Pool

#2: What is always worth the price?

Experimenting new things! Both in your life and in your work.

#3: You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

We would build a big open-space with all the materials we need to work with all our friend and of course, a giant swimming pool!

#4: It’s not working: try something new or persist?

There is few exceptions but most of time, when you’re persisting on something not working, it’s just because it’s not the right solution.

#5: In general; start from chaos and reduce or start from silence and add?

We start from chaos and we reduce. We are a bit hysteric at the beginning, we think about a lot of stuff and then we calm down and chose the most relevant idea for us.

#6. When does a piece fail? When does a piece succeed?

For us, a piece succeed when everybody can understand your project and not just graphic designers…

#7. Pasta or sushi?

One of us is half italian, so the answer is pretty clear.

#9. What two things must be together to satisfy you?

Work and pleasure, simply !

#13. What famous artwork do you like least of all?

Jeff Koons work in general. Mostly because we consider him as a commercial and not an artist. We don’t like his approach !

#14. What work of yours is the favourite?

Our thesis project for both of us : it has been the biggest/longest project we did freely and without constraint. (DJ set for Louise & Frank for Géraldine)

#15. What is the one thing you fear about your work?

Being boring and ordinary.

#16. What habit have you had the longest?

Drinking wine… Is it too French to say that ?

#19. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past month?

Always be suspicious with people, especially if they’re really enthusiastic about your work.

#20. You can spend an hour any place and at any time. Where and when?

In the city of Tokyo, at midnight.

#22. What is your favorite type of bread?

We are French ! So don’t test us…

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

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11/1: Jorden & David Doody

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with Jorden & David Doody can also now be found at: 11on1.com

Jorden & David Doody are Two Artists, they live and work in Montreal, Canada.

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11/1*, Vol 17: Jorden and David Doody

#1: Twelve hours of the perfect day or twelve hours of the perfect night?

David: I’m gonna go for sun set to sun rise … And the location would be preferably equatorial… in order to give a even 12/12 day night split … I’m imagining a thick, salty, and star filled sky, a night lit under the promise of giant Cheshire Cat grin moon… a pale blue light reflecting up off warm wet white sands… an endless beach framed by slender silhouettes of swaying palms. A perfect night spent in perfect company. A perfect night book-ended in the magic of mauve, orange and red… And maybe there is an epic beach rave too… With tiki torches… fire breathing hippies and vision distorting heavy bass… And maybe giant trampoline, and a trapeze, … And maybe a fresh water water-fall… with a hidden cave, And maybe a rope swing… And maybe a mid night surf, and a chance encounter with a speaking dolphin… And maybe a bed of midnight blooming tropical roses… And a fuzzy family of friendly miniature nocturnal primates … with huuuuuge yellow eyes… and maybe soft little pink fingers and with well kept finger nails…And definitely some kind of wonderland cake or biscuit or little vile that would allow time to drastically slow or perception to radically speed so that each and every single experience would open up endlessly into nuance and beauty… each moment somehow how cheating just a little more life out of the 12 hour trip limit.

Jorden: Well, I’m pretty sure David said it all there! Im not sure if I can imagine anything more magical than that… assuming that I am the “perfect company” of course 😉

#2. What is always worth the price?

David: A good sleep.

Jorden: Plus the taxi fare to get your sorry ass home after you missed the last train.

#3. You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

David: A parade. And totally not a lame contemporary capitalist knock off… I mean a real fucking extravaganza. Each float a testament to the synergetic poetical of imaginative ingenuity… Unlimited resources right ? Yeah definitely a parade. a really cool one, an event that is sooo super uber fantastic that only has to happen once… ever.

Jorden: Ummm, excuse me…. I’m pretty sure that was my dream idea?! But I’m glad you agree.

#5. In general; start from chaos and reduce or start from silence and add?

David: Start from almost nothing and make and collect as much chaos as possible and then reduce it just a little bit.

Jorden: Chaos is like glitter in the air, it looks really pretty until it lands in your eye. So, it is important wear protective goggles at all times.

#6. When does a piece fail? When does a piece succeed?

David: As a maker… A piece fails once it’s finished and it succeeds for as long as it remains in that state of ‘ becoming ‘ … That’s sounds kinda cheesy but kinda totally true, kinda.

Jorden: I also believe that the success is in the making. But I don’t believe that art can actually fail, only challenge.

#9. What two things must be together to satisfy you?

David: Jorden and I.

Jorden: <3 or chocolate and peanut butter

David: or how bout were are recently reformed cannibals made out of chocolate… and while tripping through the primordial jungle we find ourselves trapped in a quick sand pool of peanut butter… and realizing there is no escape from the sticky salty mess we decide to go out with a bang and just eat each other to death.

Jorden: David, I love that you are really excited about answering these questions together…, but seriously… you might be overdoing it 😉 Which, i guess is kinda perfect really… you always make me laugh in disbelief at the possibilities that flash through your imagination at a speed that most cannot possibly conceive. No wonder your eyes are so bright and sparkly ::)) you got magic in between them ears. xo

#10. What is your favourite machine?

David: The invisible, post internet, post colonial machine of late capital… Because of its promise of total global unification , albeit through domination … A future unified in exile and exploitation and consumption and entertainment.

Jorden: Yikes?! Machines in general wouldn’t normally be on my list of favourite things but… I’ll say my ’87 VW bus that is painted like a great big blue and pink neon stripe hammer head shark. That’s pretty cool I guess.

#11. What incredibly useful thing doesn’t exist yet?

Jorden: The “Replicator” from Star Trek of course!! Geez…

David: the first thing i would replicate is jorden… but only so she could take turns listening to me talk shit incessantly and take twice as long to get tiered of hearing it…

Jorden: Hahaha! Omg. Lol. Wtf!? Srsly? Too f#$%ing funny. What is this Ex Machina?? Don’t creep me out.

#12. You own a store that only sells one type of object. What is it?

David: Fantasy swords. Like all of them… Like how cool would it be to have a store that was filled floor to ceiling with glass shelves and mirrored walls…. and sold Every single fantasy sword ever birthed into the collective conscious !?! With tv monitors, video projections, and animated tri colored smoke holograms playing out the whole gammit of reference clips and illustrations. (Or a store that sold tropical plants.)

Jorden: Wow. Spoken like a true man. A multi dimensional room of mystic phallic objects ready to blow your mind or chop your head off from every angle, at any moment. Perfect.
I personally would own a Hassle Shop, that solely sold heavily hung tasseled tapestries depicting only the finest of the Hoff’s best poses. #Legit.

#19. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past month?

Jorden: Change is inevitable… So put on a clean shirt.

David: although I feel like I’ve learned it every month for the past 15 years… Jorden is always right. I should probably change my shirt.

#20. You can spend an hour any place and at any time. Where and when?

Jorden: Paris in the spring, during the belle époque!

David: im gonna go for the first hour of time after the big bang… and i wanna be exactly 53 minutes away from ground zero… i wanna spend my first 53 minutes of my hour looking right at the wave of “universal becoming” barreling right at me… and the last 7 being carried off by it.

Jorden: Where do you come up with this shit?? Like??!!! You make me wanna rewrite ALL of my answers… dang!

#21. What is your favourite plant?

David: Maybe a mango tree or a giant cedar.

Jorden: Ha! David doesn’t actually really like plants. He just pretends he does. He comes home with hundreds of dollars worth of shrubbery hanging from his limbs with the biggest smile on his face. He’s like the proud father of houseplantery. Then, within a few months, he is panicked at the sight of his emaciating plants and goes from room to room shouting blasphemies, as his blames and shames grow louder, and considerably more direct, while he waggles his disapproving finger in the air as he passes by. And I’m thinking to myself (or probably out loud), “have you ever even watered your precious little pants?? Like, what did you expect… ME to do it?? Gawd.” I personally like raspberry bushes. They are wild and free and full of tasty treats.

David: Hah! they were all gifts… for you!! living breathing symbols of our love… and you were supposed to nurture them and make them wana grow little fruits and shit… and its like easier for you…your way taller and have a ballers reach, you don’t even need to get a stool out or nothin to water them…

 

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11/1: Dean Placzek

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with Dean Placzek can also now be found at: 11on1.com

Dean Placzek (aka Razzy D) is a dancer based in Vancouver, Canada. He’s a member of Filthee Feet and Ouro Collective.

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11/1*, Vol 16: Dean Placzek

#3. You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

Movement that stands the test of time either solo or with a group.

#6. When does a piece fail? When does a piece succeed?

When I feel proud of it and want to share what it with the world regardless of praise or money or anything like that.

#7. Pasta or sushi?

Pastas good…but I can’t deny my Asian roots.

#8. You can bring one thing with you when you go (interpret that how you will), it must be inanimate. What is it?

Music.

#9. What two things must be together to satisfy you?

Fun and an open mind.

#10. What is your favourite machine?

Super Nintendo.

#15. What is the one thing you fear about your work?

Not being able to do it anymore.

#17. What about yourself can you not trust?

To be honest, myself. I second guess myself all the time.

#19. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past month?

Don’t wait for something to happen or for someone else to do something for you. If you really want to do it or get it down, do it yourself.

#21. What is your favourite plant?

Anything that gives us air to breathe.

#22. What is your favourite type of bread?

Does rice count?

#23. What object or tool is perfect?

Nothing is perfect. That’s what’s perfect about it.

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

11/1: Nikodem Pregowski

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with Nikodem Pregowski can also now be found at: 11on1.com

Nikodem Pregowski is a graphic designer and artist based in Toruń, Poland. He teaches at the Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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11/1*, Vol 15: Nikodem Pregowski

#2: What is always worth the price?

Good design of course!

#3: You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

The biggest Lego structure ever seen – whole city with streets, cars, bridges, real buildings, airport etc. I love Lego and always dreamt to have unlimited number of various parts to build something really big.

#4: It’s not working: try something new or persist?

I’m a stubborn person and always try to find a solution. It really gets me angry when something does not work properly. The same is while working on my projects. I try to improve them many times, cause usually first attempts and sketches make my cry.

#5: In general; start from chaos and reduce or start from silence and add?

I have a third path – start from chaos and add.

#7: Pasta or sushi?

Definitely pasta – sushi is too sophisticated for me. Simpler food just taste better.

#9: What two things must be together to satisfy you?

Great food and excellent beer.

#13: What famous artwork do you like least of all?

Salvador Dali’s “the Persistence of Memory” (and in general Dali’s works). I have never understood, what do people see in Dali’s paintings? He’s one of the most overestimated guys in history of art. His work seems to be pretentious and to be honest – it’s kitsch. I think there were more interesting surrealist painters than Dali, but, unfortunately, he’s the best known.

#14: What work of yours is the favourite?

It’s really hard to speak on your own works because it’s impossible to stay objective and honest.

Nevertheless if I had to choose it propably would be the “Animal Guerilla” series in which I defined my position as a graphic designer who was hired by a paramilitary organization Animal Guerilla. I designed the series of projects which encourage various species of animals to take revenge on the injustice caused by the human race. The action taken by animals was supposed to be a brutal guerilla which aimed at killing people and performing nasty tricks. I took the approach with an intention to confuse a viewer (obviously homo sapiens) and appeal to the sensitivity while telling the story of animals lives à rebours.

It is a series of great importance to me as it became a pretext to seek and explore new solutions for the theme of ecology which is too serious and often boring.

#15: What is the one thing you fear about your work?

To be taken too seriously.

#20: You can spend an hour any place and at any time. Where and when?

Anytime at the space station orbiting around the Earth, to see how does it look like from the outer space and to feel a zero gravity.

#23: What object or tool is perfect?

Your own eye and hand.

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

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11/1: Damo Suzuki

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with Damo Suzuki can also now be found at: 11on1.com

Damo Suzuki is a vocalist and performer from Germany. Formerly a member of the legendary Can.

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11/1*, Vol.14: Damo Suzuki

#1: Twelve hours of the perfect day or twelve hours of the perfect night?

24 hours of perfect day.

#2. What is always worth the price?

Quality, good philosophy, nature, out of this system, nothing commercial (mainstream).

#3. You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

Make own vegetables. Make happy animals. And to have Water source is important.

#4. It’s not working: try something new or persist?

If it’s not working, it may matter if something fits not good to that project/matter. Then I’ll ask if my passion was right, was it right time at right space? Actually everything goes well when you have good philosophy and 100 percent energy of yourself, it’s not matter of perspective other people. Everything what you do is in a way successful. It’s matter of perspective.

#5. In general; start from chaos and reduce or start from silence and add?

Both situations are interesting. Any situation, I’m able to make something in very own way. Adventure, skill, risk, are all well come. To solve problem is much interesting than all go just smoothly. (Because you have end station in your mind before you start.) Process has much weight as it’s living and every direction to go.

#6. When does a piece fail? When does a piece succeed?

Fail, if you’ve done not with your 100 percent plus alpha. Succeed, just opposite. But, it’s not matter of fail or succeeds, it’s the question of perspective.

#7. Pasta or sushi?

Both! You cannot compare, both come from different culture, history, and way to cook. If philosophy (quality) is OK, all are well come.

#9. What two things must be together to satisfy you?

There is much substance for source of satisfactory. Passion, longing, endless… may be these.

#10. What is your favourite machine?

Anything in kitchen.

#11. What incredibly useful thing doesn’t exist yet?

There is always useful thing exists, just we human don’t realize for example… nature, energy sources, etc… I don’t need anything more, I just don’t like to destroy all nature God prepared for human being. We have everything we need.

#13. What famous artwork do you like least of all?

There are many… if I have to choose, probably paintings by Casper David Friedrich.

#14. What work of yours is the favourite?

Everyday’s performance.

#15. What is the one thing you fear about your work?

Nothing.

#16. What habit have you had the longest?

Being Damo Suzuki.

#17. What about yourself can you not trust?

Nothing.

#21. What is your favourite plant?

All plant on this planet has her own mission, why I have to choose one?

#22. What is your favourite type of bread?

Home made, using organic materials.

#23. What object or tool is perfect?

Time.

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

11/1: Justyna Sarsari

*11/1 now has it’s own site! This interview with Justyna Sarsari can also now be found at: 11on1.com

Justyna Sarsari is a ceramicist from Wolverhampton, UK.

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11/1*, Vol.13: Justyna Sarsari

#2. What is always worth the price?

Bettering yourself.

#3. You have unlimited space and unlimited resources. What will you make?

My ceramic interpretation of human behaviour and lack of empathy in today’s world.

#4. It’s not working: try something new or persist?

PERSIST!

#7. Pasta or sushi?

Sushi.

#10. What is your favourite machine?

Diamond circular blade bench saw.

#11. What incredibly useful thing doesn’t exist yet?

Teleport!

#12. You own a store that only sells one type of object. What is it?

Doesn’t matter what as long as its non-functional.

#14. What work of yours is the favourite?

London Bricks.

#17. What about yourself can you not trust?

My temper.

#19. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past month?

Smile and wave! Never forget! Haha.

#23. What object or tool is perfect?

Knife.

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

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