Saturday, March 31, 2007
Dear iDEALS,German Zoren Gold and Japanese Minori Murakami who met by accident a few years ago. It always sounds like the iDEAL fairytale when two people come together and work as one, especially if the result is good enough to be gathered all together and be published in a Book. Their photographs can be seen in some of the most important Fashion Bibles…Images that include collages, illustrations and graphics..Nick Knight’s Show Studio is one of their biggest supporters. Don’t you think we have enough evidence already to free ourselves and fall in MI-ZO’s fantasy world…? Let’s see what they told me..
FilepMotwary: So we have two people, coming from two entirely different civilizations, working together. Is there and an example of this mixture detected in your work?
MI-ZO: There are some differences we find in each other culturally, which gives us a fresh point of view. We also get lost in disagreements realizing our different upbringings, thinking we could never understand each other. but, personally, i wouldn't like to be categorize and bound by nationalities. I consider our collaboration as the mixture of two different individuals rather than to emphasis on our cultural background. I think art is a place to be free and is the universal language. We started working together because of our curiosity in mixing each others skills and to invent a new aesthetic in photographic imagery. Our desire of wanting to see unborn and unseen images has lead us to experiment with combining photography with other mediums such as drawings, collage, hand-made props and computer graphics. The fusion between photography and illustration, digital and its analogy… The manipulation of images made us more optimistic about modern-day photography, its no longer only to capture the moment of physical reality.
FilepMotwary: How do you feel that now your work has been squashed in a book? Does is mean the end of your collaborations first chapter?
MI-ZO:"Object That Dreams" is our personal journey to the unknown. The search to find our aesthetic lead us to unveil and be confronted with our unconscious thought & desire. we had evolved a lot both technically & personally. the unity lead us to become more aware of individualities, and made us realized there is something it can't be shared. Self-quest is necessary after all for the next step to be true collaborators.
FilepMotwary: Someone would expect Minori moving to Europe instead of Zoren moving to Tokyo. To be frank with you, I am totally unaware of what is really going on fashion wise in Japan. All I know is the legend of "MONEY RAIN». Please help me built a picture here.
MI-ZO:Coming to Tokyo felt like a good choice at the time we moved. We had some contacts and people here were quite excited about our works. When we moved to tokyo, we worked a lot with record companies. the music packagings here were very creative and highly sophisticated. The budget was not as big as the US since it is only for the domestic markets. However, we had opportunities to work with outstanding artists in music, and were able to produce creative images. It also gave us opportunities to work as art directors and also video directors. Tokyo offered surprising opportunities for us. The fashion photography, on the other hand, is much more conservative than i expected. There are many fashion magazines which write about fashion and trend, but, there is not much supports from magazines for photographers to be creative and original. so, i prefer to work with international magazines.
FilepMotwary: A few months ago, you participated in an ambitious project for Nick Knights "Show Studio", chosen as the representatives of Tokyo Fashion. Do you think that the incident forced you to become part of an "artists category" who are considered big only in JAPAN?
MI-ZO: We had been recognized as unique creators since we were based in tokyo. We have been featured and interviewed in various media definitely more press offers than fashion editorials.... I don't really know why we have been chosen to do "representative" demo shoot at the party, maybe they wanted to unveil how we work together and who we are. we had to shoot more than 70 non-models in 2 hours straight .... Coming up with individual pose and shooting them one after another was a pure marathon. Now, we must be known as an artistic-athlete photographer duo:)
FilepMotwary: Which type of clothes do you find more intriguing when working on a fashion story? I don't mean the trends. I am trying to understand what MI-ZO want to "get" out of an outfit and what makes it special enough to be photographed?
MI-ZO: Our taste and interests in fashion changes from time to time. But, we are often intrigued by unusual beauty. The fashion should supports the role of the character and enhance our imagination. Mystery,nature,magic,sex, etc. Something that stimulates our fantasy.
FilepMotwary:Your work reflects a variety of different styles: from over styled images to completely pain and minimal. Where is your "RED THIN LINE" that separates things?
MI-ZO: It depends on how we feel about the images and story. The way we create images, its process varies time to time. we don't have certain steps in order to get to the final images. however, when we actually see the images from the photo shoot, it gives us a chance to see images (photographs) from different angles. so, we often use this time to enhance our ideas, and experiment a image with a graphical treatment to include our visions which we can't capture at the photo shoot. We always try to keep room for creativity like playing with images, improvising with materials because the action of spontaneity could unlock our fantasy. There is no guideline or certain style we have to follow; we just have to like the outcome.
FilepMotwray: What does URBAN fashion mean to you?
MI-ZO: To invent a character of who we are, or who we want to be. I had dressed up once like a geeky secretary with hideous glasses at the club and introduce myself as a secretary of Mr. Gold. Surprisingly, everyone became nice and more friendly than usual. The character who we want to be is up to us in the city.....
FilepMotwary: Would you share with us your future plans?
MI-ZO: We would like to tour around the world with our exhibition of "Object that Dreams". We had the first show at the Viaux gallery in Berlin for launching our book, and we would like to continue to show it around and meet creators in other countries. do you know anyone who will be interested to have our show in Greece?
FilepMotwary: I am sure that someone will be interested after reading this interview…Is there a message from MI-ZO to the readers of this interview who want to be Fashion Photographers? MI-ZO: Simply, LOVE WHAT YOU DO. Because it is a very subjective world, especially in art, you just can't take every opinion seriously. With Love, everything is possible.
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