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Entries from March 26th, 2012

13th of april – 11th of may: the exhibition of alberto fernandez de agirre in madrid!

March 26th, 2012 by sophie · exhibition, spain

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3rd // seven questions – seven answers with alberto fernandez de agirre, photographer and artist based everywhere

March 26th, 2012 by sophie · 7 questions - 7 answers, art, photography, spain

alberto fernandez de agirre is one of the people, i met through the retomag project. some of albertos work is going to be published in the first issue. we are just starting an exchange about ideas and exhibitions.

1. you are traveling a lot… could you give us a quick listing of the countries you visited?
spain, portugal, france, germany, belgium, switzerland, czech republic, poland, italy, england, scotland, austria, turkey, jordan, egypt, mali, morocco, algeria, japan, india, laos, cambodia, thailand…. but my friends say that I live on mars.

2. it’s probably not an easy question, but is there a country you liked most?
i never believed that the time and space exist. only the combination of them. that’s which we call ”moments”. i could say i like the mountains of morocco, the streets of istanbul, osaka and bangkok, the cambodian jungle or the sun of the mediterranean … but in reality what i most appreciated are the moments. like that on a beach in kerala. swimming inthe middle of a moonsoon storm. water up and down. in the distance there was a girl doing the same. we didn’t know and we never met each other but i miss that connection weird. share the fact of belonging only to the ocean, and that nothing else mattered. and yet not know that that enjoyment was not possible without being in the middle of the sahara completely screwed. destroyed physically and emotionally defeated. there has never been one without the other. basically my desire to live in a place are sons of a crippled but very happy experience.

3. in wich way is your work mainly affected from traveling?
travel unsettles me. as you all. but when i’m more confused emotionally, i think the best of myself. and when i move in bursts, no one knows exactly how i walk but is when i reach a minimum of lucidity. so i love to travel, because everything upsets me. everything becomes brittle, and, against all odds, the supposed weakness makes me stronger. then i go to details and moments that are not recognized in other conditions. honestly, i don´t structure  logical discourse about what i do. i just feel. ”i feel, therefore i am”.

4. traveling and making art, that’s probably the dream of a lot of people. do you have a special advice for the people out there?
traveling is not an activity for everyone. i’m talking about the full meaning of the journey. not only visitors but to see and understand. this requires overcoming fears. we just threaten our own thoughts. life is a journey, and this applies to everything. one must know how to take a range of faith. in ourselves and others. the unknown attracts us and makes us uncomfortable. but we go there because knowledge lives there. and we expect to find the treasure is buried among thousands of people, places and customs. we must be patient. serene. flexible. friendly, because in general out there, same thing happens at home. we do not understand so much.

5. do you ever want to saddle down? where?
i know perfectly where i want to go. but there is a geographical demarcation. this is another “moment”. i do not want to be alone. i like to lose, but i do not want to miss completely. i want to stop now, but it is within my reach. it is not because they may not have reached the time. and it is not because this little eden particular is in constant motion. as ocean currents. as the transit of the sun.

6. who would you love to work for?
if someone reads this and it has any meaning for him or her … then i have found people who i would love to work.

7. what are your plans for the future? do you have any projects in mind? where are you planing to travel next?
my next destination is madrid to inaugurate my exhibition “buscando dragones” (searching dragons). after that i will do a trip to southern france for a story i love to show you soon. later … i do not know… i can hardly see beyond one month. i would like to see new zealand, indonesia, papua, ethiopia, the arctic … but the place i want to visit really  is that which i know nothing and yet about, i have it inside. in short, we just want to live.


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retomag guideline

March 22nd, 2012 by sophie · retomag

download the retomag guideline to check out how to contribute!

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2nd // seven questions – seven answers with julia e. palmer, editor and motion designer based in paris

March 19th, 2012 by sophie · 7 questions - 7 answers, fashion, film, france, new zealand

1. julia, you did your master studies in new zealand. was there a special reason why you decided to study in this country?
once I finished my fashion diploma in paris, i decided to compliment it with a master in multimedia and graphic design overseas. half of my family is from new zealand so i felt it was time to take advantage of my double-nationality!

2. what was the biggest difference between the life you had in paris compared to your life in new zealand?
coming from paris to auckland was a bit of a shock at first… it’s hard to get used to the chilled kiwi rythm. although the quality of life is unique over there. i discovered what it was like to have a garden, to walk from town to the beach, to have ten coffees a day in one of those uber trendy cool cafés you find only in NZ,…

3. would you say the country is reflected in the work you did during your stay?
definitly but not in a literal way. you will never see kiwi birds or my ancester’s maori tatoos in my work! new zealand was the first time in my “career” when i felt free to experiment anything. in france, if you study fashion, you are trained to create and sell a collection. in new zealand design is seen as a panel of technics you can blend together. when i present my work to people, sometimes it can be difficult to explain that it’s possible to mix cinema, graphics and fashion.

4. how was the creative exchange with the people at your school?
i was pretty lucky with my mentors and got to push myself thanks to them. unfortunately, each of us students had different schedules and no class time so actually seeing another postgrad student was rare…

5. would you say, that the style of your work changed a lot during your time in NZ?
my work is strongly influenced by european fashion and creative media. when i changed fields from fashion to motion graphics, i was able to reinterpret my influences and my own ideas in a way that i had never expressed before, and that broke down a lot of barriers that i didn’t know i had, allowing me to look in new directions. my style didn’t change but i believe that the relaxed attitude in new zealand towards the creative sector allowed me to reinvent my work.

6. how does it feel to be back in paris?
i love it! it’s challenging but very inspiring at the same time! time goes faster but ideas get bigger…

7. what are your plans for the future? what do you expect from your work life?
my plan at the moment is to get more work experience in europe. i expect a lot of work, traveling and surprises. or at least one out of the three…

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