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January 26, 2012
We speak to the creative conglomerate about their experimental visual art
- Text by Christine Bierhals
They are young and very innovative and will present their art work the first time in Munich next Saturday at the Edmoses Bar. Elektropastete explore motion graphics, light installations, graphic design, live performance and interactive installation.
Research and development is a big part of their process. They explore new fields and remix existing ones. The creative team works on a diverse and expanding range of projects, commercial or non-commercial, and collaborate with a wide range of artists and companies. Clients include musicians like Digitalism or Moonbootica, agencies like Jung von Matt alongside the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi and Calvin Klein.
Satellite Voices: Who is Elektropastete?
Elektropaste: We are a collective, a bunch of creative technicians and nerdy designers, doing almost everything possible in terms of visual art. We met in June 2008 while studying media design at Nuernberg's University for Applied Sciences. Sick of the limitations and repetition in Nuernberg's nightlife, we decided to throw our own parties with the particular attention to an inspiring visual atmosphere.
Together with a wonderful bunch of friends and helpers, we created a quite successful party series. Our effort on visual design increased a lot from party to party and we gradually expanded. This broadened our spectrum from visual design to light design, installations and motion design. At the moment the collective consists of nine core members: Andi, Alex, Ben, Denis, Felix, Hannes, Ingo, Max & Moco
SV: What is Elektropastete creating?
Elektropaste: We create motion graphics, graphic design, interactive, kinetic and lighting installations. Each member covers different skills: from soldering LEDs and designing embedded systems, to programming Opengl apps. From 2D animation to patching in Pure Data and modelling in 3D programs, just to name a few. We have supported stage visuals from musicians like Digitalism, DJ Koze, TokTok & Soffy O, Steve Bug and Elektroguzzi among others.
SV: What was the most exiting project you have been realised so far?
Elektropaste: Among our highlights this year was our collaboration with Marshmallow Laser Feast on "Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase" on the Cannes Lions Festival and a immersive realtime projection mapping for Sony Playstatio, again with MLF. We also worked on stage visuals for Lenny Kravitz's World Tour together with creative people across the world.
SV: What’s your dream project?
Elektropaste: We have a dream project for this year: to unite and to open up our own studio (again). Even though we are using all possible means to communicate over distance, we feel that working together in the same room insanely boosts creativity. We enjoy to instantly explore different ideas with like-minded professionals in the same space. It's the best way of collaboration.
To get Elektropastete back on track conceptually we will hide in Italy in a small village and put together our manifesto. That sounds like a holiday but there is no sea, no bars and no clubs. We'll be working! Maybe just a sip of wine in between!
SV: What kind of installation will you show next Saturday at Edmoses in Munich?
Elektropaste: We will bring a mobile and modular LED installation to Munich. A simple but effective concept, which expands the lighting design of Edmoses to an interactive disco show. But sometimes our last minute ideas are the best and we always go for it.
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