GOLDEN BOY PRESS Interview #83
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Phyllis from a little town in Bavaria, Germany. Born 1992. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I never know what to say. So I’ll just say what I am right now: stubborn little girl, never knowing how old she is, a dreamer, addicted to ambient/dark music, unsteady, emptiness is a part of me, silence is my remedy.
I’ve always had a need to express myseIf. I began with painting and then went over to photography and little poems. Now I’m also trying video editing. I don’t know what will be next and where I will be in some years. And I really don’t want to know.
Why art, what started it all?
As I said, I was always interested in expressing myself as well as I could. I was not the perfect student in school, I had good marks, but my mind was always somewhere else. My teacher often scolded me for being so dreamy. So, actually, my idea of making something creative already started when I was a small child.
Who’s one artist you’ve always admired?
That’s just as difficult for me to answer as “what are you doing?”. There are a lot of artists who inspire me, and everyone in a different way. I don’t put someone in front of me and try to be like that person. That wouldn’t be truthful to myself.
But, there is one artist I could actually mention, its a fashion designer from Berlin, called Tata Christiane. I followed her for years now, and am always excited what she will bring next.
How would you describe your style?
Maybe my style is change. The style of not being able to stay in one place, to move on and move on again. I don’t know what my works will look like in one year. But to my last works:
At night, when I am out alone with my dog, I create pictures with no intention. With no sharpness, no clarity and a lot of dullness. I created a whole series about my dog who died last winter. I just pictured her in silhouettes and no clear lines. Atmosphere is more important to me than clear photography.
But when I am making photos for our little clothing label GOLDMUNDT., I try to make the pictures look interesting, colourful, sharp, and weird. They are the opposite of my other work.
Then there is my video art. That started evolving in 2012 and was influenced by the internet culture. It changed my whole lifestyle and the way I show and see myself. I like it.
Can you tell our readers about the “GOLDMUNDT.” project?
GOLDMUNDT. is a clothing label built by Alexander (the founder), Christian, and I. We make alloverprint sweaters and shirts with mostly old paintings like Escher, Dali, and so on. We see it as a project because we do a lot of collaborations with other artists and musicians. And GOLDMUNDT. would not evolve without them all. Our next collection will also feature some new artists from all across the world - we want art worn by artists. Be excited!
What do you look for in a song that you make a video for?
I listen to a lot of stuff, so I often try to look out for songs that will give me a lot of visual ideas. But I also look out for the musician behind it, and whether they’ll let me do what I want or not. It’s important for me that the artist will trust me and trust my thoughts. I don’t like it when someone gives me rules and restrictions, because when they ask me, they should accept my way of creation. I cannot work with someone being stubborn like me :P
How have cultural influences played a role in your art? Like in your video “LEANDER - Dodde”.
The video for Leander was my first video showing my influences from internet culture and my own release from all the design and aesthetic rules I learned in my training. I wanted to show trash, trippy colours, and an experience of a man being trapped in it. I am interested in dance, too, and what I adore most is the Butoh Dance Style from Japan. The footage was of a man out of a Butoh dance performance. A lot of my friends thought that it was too weird for them, but I loved it.
Is there a certain place where you feel most creative?
When it’s night and I can go to the lake and watch the stars. And when I’m surrounded with people I don’t know and don’t have the need to talk to them.
How do you feel about glitch/vhs/internet art coming to the forefront of underground culture?
I like it! I like the free mind of the younger generation, how they use it and express themselves. But I don’t like, is that it’s actually nothing new. I want there to be a new generation with things I’ve never heard of or seen. I hope we can free ourselves from the past soon and be something independent and refreshing. By the way, we will also use some artists from that internet culture for our new GOLDMUNDT. collection.
But it’s not only the art, I like how people collaborate and work with each other no matter where they live. People appreciate each other and their style, and make something new out of it, like I did with producer UV boi and rapper Orrin Campbell in my last video.
What kind of music do you draw the most inspiration from? How does it play a role in your art?
It depends on the time and my emotions. I love wavy sounds, techno, dub, hip hop, drum n’ bass, grime, witch house, sounds you can’t put into a genre, and sounds that are no music at all. I love noise and silence. When I listen to music, the song will change my perception and ideas. At the moment, some artists are catching more and more of my attention: Groundislava, IC3PEAK, EASTGHOST, Lil Spook, Bones and so many more underground artists. I also adore the STYLSS label, I recently did some visuals for their internet podcast. But the main role would still be the drone/ambient sound of BLCKCSTLS. The visual input from those artists inspire me and let me evolve my own style.
Could you give us a hint on any projects coming in the future?
I am already planning my next video for a track of GRXGVR’s new EP. We want to work out something great. He was one producer of Yung Lean.
What makes you happy?
Hardest question ever. I don’t know any answer.
Any closing comments?
Interviewed by POI