Donite “. Eye is said by the wisdom the first door by which the mind understands and relishes” De Luca Pacioli you this is good, right?
It is important to keep an eye of the soul to the world around us, so to fully grasp its meaning and its challenges. Develop your mind and awareness in order to fully enjoy the elements. I admire the evolving capacity of the human mind.
Donite: How did you start the video performance go directly to the public, what you care for people?
My past was pretty chaotic. While I was trying to escape various attempts internment in psychiatric hospitals and juvenile detention center, I was lucky to come across a wonderful man who took me out of the gutter in which I was drowning: Pierre pilonchery . It is more than just artist (and art teacher). It is like a spiritual father who gave me a great tool through which I could express all … that … thing that has grown and mutated into me over time. Rather than remain trapped in the logic of revenge hate, I channeled all these energies by applying gradually in other areas. That’s how I started acting as an observer of the world, and its various operating modes. Man obsesses me, without really knowing why (though ..). It is this voodoo doll laboratory in which I like planting needles to better see and understand his reactions. It’s a bit like trying to understand a different species from yours. This obsessed! After a while, I ended up going out of my lab to go to meet him through the performance. The principle was simple in itself intervene in the monotonous daily lives of people in public places and in stable conditions, and carry out an action that will then jeopardize the overall balance. These “daily disturbances” were spread over different degrees of intensity. The whole thing was filmed with a hidden camera placed far enough so to capture the whole scene. I wanted to study the reaction of people around, study their psychological functioning and behavior when immersed in a social setting. The results were often surprising and always very interesting to study under various aspects.De more, all being re-inserted into a context of institutional forum dedicated to the art, it was interesting to confront the second step: the reception of this work by conscious public to attend artistic research. Again, the result exceeded my expectations …
Thereafter, for various reasons, I began gradually to the photo. In the end, even though the medium may change, the human being is actually my thread. My relationship with him is very complex, to the point of not being totally on my real intentions towards her. I think that deep down I really try to understand what I’m missing, but maybe my clairvoyance failed me …
Donite: What were your aspirations at the start?
Live and speak simply. Art is this exceptional tool for vibrating a collective consciousness. It is a bridge between souls through time, and a great way cathartic to not go totally spin. Today, every step is for me a form of personal revenge. The landscape of my life is built gradually, becoming more intense, more interesting and colorful.
Donite: What is your creative process in a nutshell, you create your characters, scripted your ideas, you write your stories, thou Designed Templates?
Ideas come to mind like flashes. Sometimes if I do not notice these ideas away, they accumulate and keep me awake. So I scribbled something, just to keep track. Then I go back on it, I draw, I write, I try to find the melody required. In the end, everything is finally taking shape. From simple sketches erased on a piece of paper emerges gradually even materialization of this idea first. As needed, I make my designs, I create my stagings, I gathered my crew and I started directing. The important thing in my creative process is to have in front of me what I had in mind. Everything must be true, as far as possible. Some projects are real puzzle to achieve, but always guaranteed a great adventure. Moreover, it is often all that’s happened before and around a project that becomes even more interesting than the final result.
Donite: You’re a director, but you reveal the final scene, the drama, why?
No, it’s not exactly the final scene or any dramatic intent I seek to unveil. By cons, my approach is actually more akin to film at the photo purist. Beyond my job staging is a general atmosphere I’m trying to create. A sort of second set impalpable stage to perform, with far less control over the general assembly. Small chemist, elements take shape and a set creates. Moreover, it is such a magical time for me to see it all gradually becoming real. This is impressive even when I hide behind my camera, and that in front of me there is something going on. This is Gregory Crewdson, famous American photographer, which greatly interested me by its approach. In his work requires means worthy of Hollywood productions, he tries to focus on a single image intensity of an entire movie! I always found this idea deliciously appealing. Able to capture a form of reality and let it develop independently.
The other thing that is dear to me, and in addition to these ingredients, is my attachment to the notion of “potentiality”.
I had already begun in my previous work, including through sculpture projects and performances, but this idea is also present in my photographic work: Moments at all possible, never completely closed, open to the possibilities and various interpretations that can make these characters who, for the most part, struggling against the collapse of a certain portion of their own reality.
Donite: We also see your photos in the idea of magic, fate, human archetypes, what are your aspirations?
Indirectly, perhaps. In any case it certainly would relate more to the form than substance of my work. But I like this idea of magic. For cons, I consider it more a matter of experience (in the broad sense and narrow at different possible levels, for anyone).
Donite: You are in the permanent experience? Telling us your research, have you reached the goals, discoveries?
I do my best so that every second of my life is an experiment. I was actually there a few years this motto that I shared with my friend Thibault: “the urgency of life.” Our experiences and our lives lead us to some life choices. The mine has become quite intense. I want to learn, I want to learn, taste, smell, see, feel, touch, hear, … I want to feel alive and evolving. It’s part of the motivation of the soul that traces the route of our lives.
My studies in college of fine arts at the Sorbonne gave me some theoretical knowledge, but also the time for the development of my projects and deepening my research. This time has allowed me to take a little more aware of what I wanted, of where I intended.
So I invested so-called “underground” cultures and I gradually began to sink deeper into the extremes of human being. Sex, drugs & rock’n’roll? No, it was a bit more than that. I surveyed various cultures, do a lot of meetings and of course, a lot of research. I tried to immerse myself in philosophy, psychology, sociology, psychiatry and criminology. I was interested to bodymodifications, fetishes and BDSM practices, cannibalism and madness … It was about a whole human adventure that I am employed. With my projects, human contact is essential, but in everyday life too. The goals are just to mark my path when it is only unclear. The findings are for their constants.
There are of course in front of me a mountain of subjects that interest me and that I want to explore, and I still have so much to discover with all those open windows on worlds not so foreign to each other.
Donite: Your photos are very beautiful, very licked, they live independently, they are caricatures?
Not caricatures, but rather a form of mockery in which I try gradually insert logic, with its own laws and codes. For several years I try to set a world through different universe. When pictures can be assembled, others are radically different, but still retain this little trick. As a sign of mental DNA that can not be undone. My Photos are indeed must be independent of each other totalities. The important thing is that in the end the All is greater than the sum of parties.Peut be is it also the main task of the artist: building worlds that can accommodate everyone. Worlds that remain and evolve.
Donite: Sometimes I feel helpless in your characters? Your characters are fears, anxieties, fantasies morbid, there is no hope? The border was exceeded? These are a few ghosts? They are like the living dead, no turning back it’s too late, it’s your goal to make the final scenes of the film, why develop it?
Many people tell me that my world is trash, dark, creepy, black, … but I do not yet feel that way. As I said earlier, it is especially intent of the moment that interests me. That moment when it will happen something. Or maybe that time is already past, but whatever happens, there’s something going on. I think my characters are quite often what others want and can see. A bit like a Rorshach test. For me, they are not mine. They live apart from the first line from which they emerged. And I like it pretty well.
Donite: What is your idea of beauty?
Difficult question … For me, beauty is what escapes the words at all actually! Is nice that I can not control, what escapes my human needs classification, the need to streamline, logic, etc. Basically, perhaps it is, after all, what we internally shakes and makes us feel so alive. The beauty would be that deep vibration that resonates across the strings of our inner sensitivity, soul capsized a short time, such a lost ship in a storm.
Donite: It is often difficult for a young creative ideas to come out of the blue, you can see the image master’s degrees, rendering, sensation, are you still satisfied?
Never! Finally, very rarely anyway. I am working perfectionist with very high to me critically. I try to learn and evolve. Therefore detect errors and weaknesses becomes almost an obsession about me. That does not mean I do not like what I do, quite the contrary. I simply works by maintaining a certain tension that allows me to move the way I want, and with great humility.
Donite: Models take the game? Are they sometimes destabilized? How do you go about it?
Destabilized? Yes, it can happen according to my ideas and projects. I am very particular about my models. I get a lot of offers, but I accept only very rarely. A model is known or not, I do not care completely. By cons, if that person is one of my characters and will interpret it correctly, then, yes! I do not want “models,” I want people who can interpret, able to arouse my attention to them, but most people who can convey emotion. Some shoots are very intense, demanding a lot of energy and delivering a lot of emotions. Others are very simple, but that does not mean, however, that they are of lower quality, or less complicated to achieve.
The only certainty final it all is that my models, as are people working with me to contribute fully to the achievement of my projects. Without them, there would be nothing. Basically I’m the person who scribbled something. They are the people who come to help me breathe life into these designs. I have a deep respect for each person who took the time to focus on my work, trusting me and have contributed to the development of the latter.
Donite: It must be exciting to find costumes, objects … the accessory is very important?
As for the models, it is part of the wonderful human adventure is behind all this work. Especially since the accessory has a place of prime importance within my photos. It is certain that I find it exciting to go in search of costumes and items that I need for a particular project. It’s like a big treasure hunt. Then again, a lot of meetings, discussions, discoveries and great collaborations with people whose talent in me would take away almost breathtaking. Sometimes, these people here are creating outfits and accessories especially for me and my ideas a little heat! They trust me by providing personal touches, their contributions which bring more light to the whole.
All this is a great adventure.
Donite: You did a book, why?
To keep track of the origins. Thomas chafing revived me several times to publish my first book, and I have come to accept. I love the book as object in itself, and in my case, it fell at a turning point: I wanted to close a chapter to begin the next. I wanted this book to be a form of prologue together all the ingredients in my universe. The kind of book that you can open in ten years and realize that everything was already present at the time. A form of introduction roughly as these first albums by bands with only a few titles, but that already contain all the basic structure of their musical universe. So I floored it with my friend Sylvain Militello. He brings his creativity and objectivity, allowing the book to have a very pretty face in the final. We celebrated the release and my first dedication to Paris. But after only a few dates at the beginning of my book tour, the publisher put the key under the door.
All copies were sold, and I did not try to find another publisher. So it amuses me saying that those few books that roam may be one day collectors.
Donite: The limits of society, borderline, do you think that there are still limits?
Of course, and there will always be limits. Basically it’s not so bad to have a safety rope. But after all, only the way in which we perceive and experience these limitations led to our own behavior and resent it. We are ultimately the ones responsible for our decisions. As for the borderline aspect of society …
Donite: With the company image, contemporary media, you’re inspired by the company, their dramas?
Yes, completely. For example, going to move to Paris, I knew I was going to love this city as much as I would hate it. It is a beautiful city with potential and incredible wealth. She holds buried so many cultural and artistic wealth. But it is also a difficult city, stinking shit with a lot of despicable people finished the piss. It is a reflection of society: complex, made of paradoxes. However, I knew that going put me in the eye of the storm, I would become more inspired. In a sense, it was not missed. So part of my inspiration actually comes from the company, through its various aspects. But still, I try to keep as much distance so as to preserve me.
Donite: Your photos are full of experiments, like your universe, there is an anthropological hand, finally a bit primitive, the animal rights?
It touches me that you see it that way. The animality of the human being does have an important place, as anthropological share this in my step.
Donite: What is human to you? The man destroyed, it creates destruction is a form of creativity? Madness awaits us?
Do you realize that I can lay a book to answer all of your questions? Lot I studied humanities in my spare time, including psychiatry and anti-psychiatry. The human being is a complex case with exceptional opportunities. He is a being with a huge potential for development. It is therefore not an end in itself, but a terrible way to reach a new stage. Some thinkers such as Nietzsche, or artistic movements such as the German Expressionists and Surrealists maintained a pretty special relationship with madness. Rather than reject outright, they advocated a form tamed. Thus, this level of madness was then considered as a possibility to return to the core of being.
Even newer guys like Chuck Palahniuk and his famous Tyler Durden in Fight Club (“It is only when you have lost everything, we’re free to do whatever you want”) suggest the idea of creating , destruction and self-destruction. To become a free agent, do I need to experience my own destruction? The sole purpose, whether by way of madness, construction or destruction, is regaining the fullness of our experience as human beings.
Donite: Do you think society is decadent?
The company is in the image of the man who created every day.
Donite: Humans can do they dehumanize?
Yes, without hesitation. You’d be surprised how far a human being can go. The experience of the human being has allowed me to see what could be hiding behind the mask, in its most abject and darkest form. But also in its brightest form and saving. The human being is a being of all possibilities. He has the misfortune to hold him in the power of his own destiny.
Donite: Pain his body get used to the pain, is it a symbol of our present society?
This is the symbol of the human being as a whole, from its origins. But what is hurting his body and to experience pain if not a form of apprehension and understanding of himself? What matters is how we deal with this pain and suffering, and especially how we use this experience afterwards (s). Reveling in his misery and suffering for suffering are, in my view, forms of human degeneration that should be corrected, or that it should at least be wary.
Donite: The Lizardman says we are all changed, what do you think?
This is the same principle of evolution, and our adaptation to this evolution through time and new materials that we face.
Donite: He also said that the media use the underground, tend to sell now or will you situated?
The media is willing to use anything to sell. This is what characterizes them. Next, regarding the use of the underground … We do not care at the bottom. I do not think there is the real question. Only the manner and consequences are actually taken into account. The important thing is that we do not end up in the face of concepts, ideas, impoverished their early origins.
Donite: The woman is a source of inexhaustible inspiration valued in your work is to show their fragility and both their strengths, multifaceted, they are a way of experimentation?
The woman is the story of my life. It all started with her, and I hope that all will end with elle.Plus than a source of motive inspiration in my work, I think the woman is the part I like most about being human. There there great admiration, but also a sincere love, full of humility and respect. The female has an elegant complexity, beyond its almost mystical and mysterious aspect, is a true language in itself. Very few people seek to understand the meaning and subtlety. There is this alchemical magic that takes place. Their sensitivity and fragility are also their strength. They manage to take a look at the world and with humble hearts intelligence. Whether protective or destructive, honey or poison, my smile retarded kid is growing every time I have the honor to taste their presence.
And let’s be honest! Women rule the world (or at least, should). Mothers of absolute beauty and seduction, they have a more advanced human civilization, and therefore look promising future for humans. They have been bullshit and fear of men to their ways for so many centuries. Hopefully they will take us in the right way by making us aware of our bullshit.
Donite: You have less theatrical pictures including that of the heart with the balloons, the heart is heavy, it’s very expressive, what did you want to express?
It’s funny that you take it as an example. It was probably one of the most difficult to achieve for me, and I’m not talking about the technical aspect. But of course, you tell me what you see there, it can evoke you or make you feel …
Donite: Can you tell me about the Cabinet curious? Are you curious? It is a cabinet of curiosities? That is to say?
The Cabinet of Curious is a famous Parisian gallery in the alternative sphere. Combining both the principle of cabinet of curiosities and art gallery, it is ultimately a timeless place where mix of strange objects from distant eras and cultures. Around them gather works of contemporary artists with a certain aesthetic, difficult to name or describe, but never leaves indifferent. These generations of artists are developing world through which we witness regarding the great questions of life, the world and the human being.
The Cabinet of Curious is a real platform that combines various forts and rich universe. This is both an open window on the past, and a door to the future. I first had the chance to exhibit in my early days, and then the honor to take part in this amazing adventure as artistic director. It was a great experience that has greatly enriched me.
Donite: Fond memories of shooting?
Only good memories! And even the few bad ones can be counted on the fingers of one hand make me smile aujourd’hui.J’ai so many anecdotes and moments etched in memory, in such a short time of activity … Tears, smiles, respect, love, … so many rich and powerful experiences! This is also a great motivator!
Donite: Rick Genest? There is a wonderful picture with the child, can you tell the idea for this photo? He impressed you?
Rico has impressed me with its simplicity and detachment vis-à-vis the media frenzy that surrounds it. It is simple and complete, honest with himself. We hit it off immediately hooked together. I wanted to get him out of his image as Zombie Boy, and go for something more humane, more sincere. And I had this urge to do with a baby in her arms! I remember his face when I told him my intention! haha that was also a magic moment! So, I chose this picture because the child at the time, Rico was not an issue. I got exactly what I wanted, and it only took a handful of minutes …
Thank you to tell me your news !!
I just released my latest series (“Cannibal Flowers”). It is not finished but it already seems to have good success with people and the media. Besides that, I still have a mountain of projects to be implemented. Several ideas for series, but also projects to other mediums … I certainly never parviendrais to say one day “that’s it, I have no project to do at the moment”, and I must admit that it’s not worse … Otherwise on the concreteness, I will return to my hometown time a group show organized by my trusty sidekick, Professor Wiktor Plitz of PERIL The exhibition “Mutanogénèse” will take place from May 17 to June 27 at the gallery In my brain (18 rue de Bonald – 69007 Lyon), and it promises to be very good!
Interview by Miss Fox
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Selected from his portfolio series: schizophrenic-dreams
NOTE: Article translated via Google Translation app from French to English…