Interview Alberto Madrigal, Artist and Illustrator, Berlin

You can find a lot of pictures of my work on my webpage:

www.albemadrigal.com

Where are you living?

I come from Spain, live in Berlin

 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I’m 33 years old.

 

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from the city, the people around me and cinema, novels and photography. I like to sit on a cafe and observe the people, draw them while I think about a story and how can I develop it.

 

Tell me about what you do?

I am a comic artist and illustrator. I have drawn three books, two of them as a writer as well.

(http://www.albemadrigal.com/about/).

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I normally go to the studio at the morning around 10 am and start to work until 18:00 on the afternoon. I always have a book that I’m working on. I need at least two years to do one so in the meanwhile I do another jobs as illustrator.

 

What are some of your favourite source for information?

The source of information is the people and of course the internet. As I draw the books I would search for photographs of the places where the story takes place. Without internet the process would be very slow.

 

How media influence your life?

I use social media mainly for my work, to promote my self. It’s a good way to understand if people follow what you do and what they think about it.

 

Interview Martin Fengel, Artist, Munich

http://www.martinfengel.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mfengel/

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/3354-martin-fengel

http://www.br.de/br-fernsehen/sendungen/lido/martin-fengel-100.html

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/kuenstler-martin-fengel-nicht-mehr-daraus-machen-als-das.807.de.html?dram:article_id=280981

Where are you living?

Munich
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

51
What inspires you?

arts and crafts, I can learn/get inspired from almost anything
Tell me about what you do?

these months I teach photography at the academy in Kiel and Munich
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

my wife works early hours in a hotel, so we get up early, I love to go running in the morning, I live near the Isar, maybe it’s the best hour of the day, then I walk to my office. And then it’s very difficult to say, because I’m always doing different things
What are some of your favourite source for information?

books
How social media influence your life?

in a bad way

Interview Danae Diaz, Artist (illustrations), Berlin

Photo by Nicole Sturz

 

http://danaediaz.com/

Where are you living?

Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

34

What inspires you?

Films, comics, Tezuka, books, Borges, music, Magritte, other people’s work, dreams, travels,…

Tell me about what you do?

I make illustrations for magazines, newspapers, books, ad agencies, music labels…. I also make animations and sometimes I work in bigger teams for animation productions such as featured films or TV series.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I wake up at around 8, take a shower, have breakfast, seat on the computer and start with mails check, bureaucracy and a little procrastination. After a couple of hours I get productive and start to draw. In the afternoon, after lunch break I get super productive and draw until the evening…at the end I think or make a work plan for the day after. In the evening I hang out, make sport or meet friends,… or I keep working if the deadlines are tight!

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Without doubt, the biggest, cheapest, easiest and fastest: the Internet. I also love to visit book and comic stores and ending buying something inspiring.

How social media influence your life?

I don’t really like to be active at that social media thing, and I am very bad with it…so I use it mostly to communicate with friends and/or colleges and being passive looking what others do. Very rare I post something myself, but I try to push myself now and then to be active, because I think it is a good way to promote my work.

 danae diaz illustration * www.danaediaz.com * +49 174 5270242 * contact@danaediaz.com

Die Zeit Hamburg Summer #diezeit #summer #illustration #editorialillustration #danaediazillustration

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Interview Raquel Nave, Actor/ Visual Artist, New York/ Los Angeles

https://www.instagram.com/rockhellmarie/?hl=de

http://www.raquelnave.com/

Where are you living?
I am living in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
What inspires you?
the human condition, woman, motherhood, dogma, darkness, freedom.

Tell me about what you do?

A visual artist in self portrait and documentary work

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

wake up early, bring my daughter to school, reading, writing, editing, script work, maybe some shooting, quiet evening, whiskey and a bath.
What are some of your favourite source for information?

museums, bookstores, films, Google.
How social media influence your life?

social media influences our everyday, sometimes with a positive wealth of information, sometimes negatively with an overwhelming amount pulling us from our own creative universe and truth. It’s a love hate relationship.

Interview Tanja Selzer, Artist, Berlin

http://www.tanjaselzer.de/

https://www.instagram.com/tanjaselzer/

Where are you living?

In Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

45, a very good age

What inspires you?

People, the crazy ones, who teach me not to accept ostensible rules, to think and live as free and creative as possible

Tell me about what you do?

I’m an artist with a focus on painting. Right now I’m working on a project called „soul mate crash“. Technically it’s about the interface between painting and fotography. The content is about the unexpected and how to deal with it.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

My 2 kids force me to have a clear structure, a classical ninetofive working day. I’m very happy about that, otherwise I would sleep during the day, work in the night and get a depressive vampire

What are some of your favourite source for information?

I listen to the radio the whole day and I love the internet

How social media influence your life?

I’m addicted

 

Schaumfrau 130×220 cm 2012 #painting #berlin #tanjaselzer #thefemalegaze #retrospective

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Interview Kira Bunse, Photographer, Paris

http://www.kirabunse.com/

https://www.instagram.com/kjbunse/

Where are you living?

I am living in Paris

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I’m born in 1978

What inspires you?

People, places, cultures

Tell me about what you do?

I am a photographer

I am working for fashion and I am also doing Portrait and Reportage photography

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up, do sports, breakfast, checking e-mails and I am doing, what I have to do on that day

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Movies, Books, Art and the News

How social media influence your life?

I am on Instagram and on Facebook but it doesn’t particularly influence me

Interview Julian Baumann, Photographer, Munich

 

http://www.julianbaumann.com/

https://www.instagram.com/baumann_julian/

Where are you living?
I am living in Munich.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I am 33.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the people I meet and all the mistakes that I make.

Tell me about what you do?
I am a portrait photographer and I work for different magazines and cultural institutions.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
There is no typical day. But either I am on the road taking pictures or I spend my day in the office editing pictures. I share a beautiful office space with very good friends of mine, but unfortunately I only make it to the office on two or three days in the week.

What are some of your favorite source for information?
I have paper subscriptions for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit and The New Yorker. I especially love reading long pieces, that’s why I prefer getting printed matter. Headline News I get from Spiegel online or Facebook.

How social media influence your life?
I only use Facebook and Instagram as a newsfeed and to inform people about my recent publications. I am happy that I have a couple of friends who share interesting links, but of course I spent most of the time scrolling through all the rest.

 

#Wolfgangtillmans #allesbeimalteninblaubeuren

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Interview Marie Pohl, Actress, Writer, Singer, New York/ Berlin/ Vienna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvUrk4ScMg

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vge-kuee3k

Where do you live?
I spend a lot of time in New York and in Berlin and more recently in Vienna.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I do mind. Actresses should never talk about their age. We are as old as our roles need us to be.

What inspires you?
Inspiration is so very versatile. The ocean inspires me – it gives me a sense of belonging. A salsa dance with a great partner inspires me – it frees me from the necessity of words. Being on stage inspires me. Always. John Steinbeck inspires me. And Kafka and Karl Valentin. I love the quiet and unimposing moments. A rainy day with nothing to do. Loneliness. Empty bars. The night. The early morning hours. Boxing inspires me. Working hard. Starting from zero and finding myself at the very bottom and working my way up. Nina Simone. Langston Hughes. Cuba… inspiration often comes when I get up from what I am doing and take a break…

Tell me about what you do?

I am an actress for film and theater. I sing Italian love songs from the 50ties. And I write travel novels — like my books “Maries Reise” (Marie’s trip) and Geisterreise (ghost trip) — travel stories based on true experiences from countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Georgia, Finland, Ireland etc…

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It all depends on what I am doing, traveling or researching, writing or learning lines for a part. I can be an early riser and/or a late night lover. I have one ritual that I do every day: Before I speak to anyone after I wake up (whatever time that may be) I give thanks to whoever is out there protecting me. I drink a lot of coffee, also in the morning and I have recently started to box and am usually at the gym in the evening until 9/10pm. Then I eat.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Books. Good books. Conversations with people on the street. Personal experiences (mine and others).

How social media influence your life?

I use Wikipedia a lot. And I keep in touch with people from all over the world. I can call and send messages for free to friends in Rome or in Berlin or in New York, Africa, Latin America, Asia, anywhere! I appreciate that. A lot. I also like reading what people I know are up to – keeping in touch – seeing what people are interested in and last but certainly not least, announcing my readings and shows and books, I find social media very helpful for that.

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

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Interview Fluorescent Hill,art collective, Montreal

Fluorescent Hill is an art collective comprised of Mark Lomond and Johanne Ste-Marie.

They are based in Montreal but try and kick cinematic ass all over the world.
They direct music videos, commercials, short films and traffic. When not making things move they make comics, posters, and design everything from your grandmothers apron to the deck she rides on the weekends.

fluorescenthill.com

vimeo.com/fluorescenthill

instagram.com/fluorescenthill

@fluorescenthill

facebook.com/FluorescentHill

Where are you living?
We are living in Montreal, Canada. Johanne is originally from here and Mark is
from Nova Scotia, which is further east on the coast.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
Mark is 37 and Johanne is 35. Both of our birthdays are in December.

What inspires you?
That’s a tough question… Because there is a lot that inspires us. Music
is a big one. We listen to music all day at the studio. We watch a lot of
films. We’re big fans of independently published comics and illustration.
Photography. All art forms inspire us really.
Recent obsessions:

Music

Jon Hopkins

jonhopkins.co.uk

Just about anything on the Numero Group Label

numerogroup.com

Film = Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour

,
Illustration/Design/Painting 

Steve “ESPO” Powers

vice.com/video/steve-powers, firstandfifteenth.net

Femke Hiemstra

femtasia.nl, femtasia.blogspot.de

Tell me about what you do?
We are an art duo called Fluorescent Hill. We’ve been collaborating on a
variety of projects for almost 13 years now. We began as Music Video
Directors, and did exclusively that for almost 7-8 years. We branched out
into advertising a few years ago and have recently just published a comic
book. We do illustration and design on the side. We’re currently in pre
production on two short films and we’re finishing up a script for a long
format story that will hopefully go into pre production soon.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
A typical day starts with coffee. Then we head out to the studio around 10
or 11am. Get as much of the business side of the work out of the way such
as emails, phone calls, updating social media sites etc…
Grab some lunch and if all goes well it’s time to get to making some art,
whether that’s writing or designing for our current projects. We typically
work a 10 hour day, a lot more if we’re in production on a commercial.
After all that, we probably hit the gym to clear our heads, make dinner,
watch a movie or read. It’s not very eventful.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
There’s a few sites we like to visit to see what our favourite artists are
up to, seems everyone out there has a blog or tumblr so there is always a
fresh list of incoming art. Instagram feeds from our art friends are
always fun. Stash Magazine, Cartoon Brew, The Playlist, Vimeo, Twitter
etc…

How social media influence your life?
When we first started directing, youtube didn’t even exist yet, sharing a
music video or film was far more difficult, and took a lot longer. Now
it’s just so easy and the amount of information and work out there is mind
boggling. So your work gets out there quickly, but can disappear just as
easily. Twitter, instagram, facebook, vimeo and our blog, that’s a bout
all you need and I’m sure over time that list will be different, either
shorter or longer. These sites come and go so quickly losing fashion with
the populous. We try not to join every site that starts up and just focus
on the ones that fit into our day to day life. So when we update with new
work or what we’re up to such as film fests or behind the scenes stuff, it
fits seamlessly into our life and doesn’t distract from the purpose of
creating art.

 

https://fluohill.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/migration-premiere/

Keep it clean kids!

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Interview Lea zeichnet, Artist, Berlin

http://www.leazeich.net/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/Leazeichnetgerne

http://leazeichnet.tumblr.com/

https://instagram.com/leazeichnet/

Where are you living?
in Berlin and sometimes in my dreams

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
twentysomething ( I absolutely don´t mind getting old)

What inspires you?
People. Mostly strangers, weirdos, inconsistent and heart-warming human beings.

Tell me about what you do?
Don´t we all hate this question? I´m an illustrator, that´s how it´s called, but I see myself more as a silent observer. Drawing is my way to cope with all the stories I hear and the characters I meet. Maybe I would have been a good psychologist, too..

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I´m an earlybird. And I love rituals. So there´s a standard breakfast ritual really early in the morning. After that I work till late afternoon and then have some time to meet friends, relax .. whatsoever. I don´t have an office or separate work-space, so I am always surrounded by my illustrations, pens, paper. Sometimes it´s hard, to relax, but it´s still more a passi

on than work.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Of course the world wide web is an endless source of inspiration. But I´m not a digital native, so I sometimes get lost and still appreciate the „offline-way“: sitting in the train or bus and watching people.

How social media influence your life?
Oh it has become a real big thing in my life. But I guess I still swim on the surface, just using Facebook and Instagram. I am really working on my social media skills…