Dazed Digital



May 3, 2012

Pavel Karykhalin and Dmitry Fesenko's creative collective delve deeper into their ideals of self expression

  • Text by Kemal Tarba

Stereotactic is a Moscow-based creative studio founded by Pavel Karykhalin and Dmitry Fesenko back in 2005. When they launched, their projects were focused around snowboard movies, but they were soon joined by Vasily Kuybar and Alexey Dymarsky, whilst Stereotatic evolved into larger video productions as a creative studio. In the last two years they've worked with the acclaimed Moscow musician Mujuice at the Strelka, along with Moscow performances by Justice, Beth Ditto, Hot Chip, Fischerspooner and The Rapture. Stereotactic are currently working together with the Martini Art Love Club for their short-film competition.

Satellite Voices: What is the story behind your name?
Stereotactic: Stereotactic is the medical term referring to brain surgery without craniotomy. And this is precisely what we do - a gentle penetration of your brain, with pleasure being the ultimate aim. 

SV: What do you enjoy most about the medium of video?
Stereotactic: If you need half-an-hour to explain something – with video a second might be enough to actually express it.

SV: What would you create if you’d had an endless budget?
Stereotactic: We would shoot an infinite movie. Or we could shoot something conceptual and inexpensive, and would spend the remaining money on leisure and gifts for children. 

SV: What is the most challenging part of what you do?
Stereotactic: Not telling our friends the secrets of our projects until they are finished. 

SV: Which of your contemporaries do you admire?
Stereotactic: Volodya Bordo and Stas Mikhailov. On a serious note, we do admire those folks who use every opportunity for professional self-expression. With regards to the Martini competition for short films, it is so cool that each day we receive a new work from those who do not hesitate to step forward.

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