photo credit: Alessandro Zenari
author: Alexandra Terziyska
Architecture is the division of space. Art transcends borders. You are both an architect and an artist. Where is the crosspoint?
Architecture is a compulsive fight for control while art is an inert desire for freedom. There exists a fleeting terrain where the two intersect, and for a moment, one takes over the other.
Tijuana, L.A., Paris, and now, Berlin… what did your multicultural experience teach you?
Some like red. Some like blue, pink or orange. In the end, we are really all the same. But there exists a GREAT WALL between us all. I feel there is a need to connect cultures to each other, and reconnect people to their community and environment. Art is the bridge.
You chose light as a medium to create spaces that bring people together. Does darkness help this process?
I like light because it is universal. It is non-exclusive and free of connotation. Whether from the east or west, north or south, everyone can understand it. My work is like a fire. It attracts, and so we gather.
With architecture as my influence, I investigate concepts of interconnectedness between an art piece and society. My works are founded on design principles, dividing space with light and color to engage the crowd in a profound way.
Although I feel light is the essence of existence, music is more powerful. It has the ability to define infinite spaces in your mind and transport your soul into bliss.
photo credit: Benjamin Znaty
Though you are mostly known as a visual artist, some may be surprised to find out you are also a DJ…
Everyone has dirty secrets. I used to be a vinyl junkie and a dedicated DJ, as a young boy, back in L.A. At some point, my world got taken over by art and architecture. But every now and then, I like to pick up a new track, and from time to time, play a set to captivate a good crowd. Often, people wonder who I am, thinking that I have a big name. When I tell them that I only play for fun, they seem disappointed that I don’t ‘mix’ professionally. Maybe one day I will.
RETROfuturistic DJ set @It’s a Bar, January 25th. What should we expect?
Put on your seatbelts!
Guests should look forward to being taken on a boundless and timeless journey back into the future, pushing and pulling minimal, groovy disco house from the ‘90s that can very quickly get deep and dark, dropping some fat acid sequences, superimposed with ambient overlays from 2010, 2015 or of today, always sounding fresh.
But what’s even more exciting is my very talented FEMALE DJ partner for the night. KAt KAt TAt is a character who is not easy to describe - writer, art curator, founder of STREET ARTE BA (Argentina), ex-leader of the all-female DJ crew RANDOM POST ACID DISCO ZOO, and co-curator of RANDOM, clearly a prominent figure in the art and music scenes in Berlin and abroad.
With many years of experience, she will take us on a detour through another musical universe defined by sensual house rhythms and sexy techno beats, perfect for the dancefloor.
Your personal sound collection? Tell me more about it…
My library is eclectic in terms of time and depth. It includes tracks from any point within the last three decades. I often take a little baggie with me in my travels. It’s like my wild card: I never know what kind of trouble it will get me into. I once left two bags with my favorite rare grooves on a train back from a gig in Belgium. I thought I was going to die. Those records are irreplaceable. It was the end of my long-life passion. Two months later, they were tracked, not one vinyl missing. Ask me if I believe in magic.
Each phase we are going through has its own face. How does it look for you in 2020?
I’ve been cultivating, developing several projects for a while. In 2020, let it rain!