Hi Junkerry firstly we all love the piece - it was the monkeys that drew me in....I wished they had both lived though....😏
Yes, sadly there were many monkeys, over the 10 years that died for the benefit of us humans - before Able & Miss Baker made it back alive. I wanted to tell the story from this little monkey's point of view. How scary and crazy that journey into a vast dark sea must have been for her
I have to ask how on earth or space did you hear this story, did you know immediately you wanted to explore it creatively?
I'm always looking for unusual stories to tell in creative ways. I stumbled upon this hidden gem and collaborated with 3000monks, Patrick Morgan & NASA. I thought it was interesting to tell it as a graphic novel, so we took archive photos and film images from NASA, and illustrated them using Japanese calligraphy as our inspiration, finally we filmed in VR
I’m interested in the crossover between music, art and film was this always in your mind or was singing your first love, hope you understand the question?
Yes, I'm a musician, but more importantly as an artist I strive to explore new paths, I don't want to feel restricted by genre or disciplines. At the heart of each of the projects is my music, then I use art and technology to bring it to life visually. I’m more excited to work this way, collaborating with other art forms than say making an album or touring
Artists such as Peter Doherty and even Ronnie Wood are known for other forms of art beside music, including painting and poetry, but it’s kept apart. Do you see this merger of genres becoming more mainstream.
Absolutely, artists get labelled and put in little boxes because it's easier to market them - What is it to be a singer, a composer or producer? What's the difference between a painter and graphic designer? The poet or song writer?
In the past we specialised to become master of one discipline, we seemed to have forgot how deeply interconnected we are to all art forms. Thanks to technology, and an evolution in mind set, the barriers have faded. The art fields have shifted. There are now so many ways to tell a story and share emotions why limit ourselves?
I have to admit to a jealous thought when I read about your studio in the south of France I love that part of the world. Do you have time to see any other artists perform? What is the creative scene like in France from your point of view?
Yes, I really love being in my studio, so don't get a chance to see as much as I'd like, unless I travel to perform or for collaborations. I don’t go to big festivals or concerts these days, much prefer intimate performances. The live music scene in Paris is always lively. Here in the South, is full of fantastic cultural events. Currently the 3 week Avignon Theatre Festival is on, will catch a few productions. I'll also go to Les Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles, an annual photo festival
Finally whats next for you and do you have plans to tour maybe visit London?
I currently working on my next project. Its pretty daring! An immersive performance based on blind poets, meditation, brain mapping and classical indian music. Hopefully, next year I'll be in London to perform it!
Thanks so much Junkerry, again we all love your work here @Phacemag and hope to see you perform soon! - pauliepaul