MOV­ING TO BER­LIN

Phillips and Con­rad re­flect on leav­ing Brighton for Ger­many’s cap­i­tal

Computer Arts - - In Conversation -

We moved to Ber­lin in 2010. But it took us a cou­ple of years un­til we of­fi­cially started the stu­dio. At the be­gin­ning Yukiko was more of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort. We started mak­ing small mu­sic videos in our backyard and liv­ing room be­fore set­ting up our first stu­dio space (in an ex-swimming pool com­plex – very Ber­lin!).

Mov­ing to Ber­lin and giv­ing up our jobs in big­ger com­pa­nies was a risk, but we re­ally wanted to do our own thing and stretch our cre­ative limbs. We needed a bit of time and space to experiment and we wanted to work un­der our own con­di­tions; Ber­lin al­lowed us that.

We mostly worked for friends and with friends at first, ex­pand­ing our cre­ative net­work. At the be­gin­ning we would say yes to ev­ery­thing and do ev­ery­thing re­gard­less of whether we knew we had the time. We would just get all our friends in­volved and make it work.

We worked from home, un­til we found the Stat­tbad (the pool build­ing; Ber­lin­ers know the place, as it moon­lighted as a techno club). That would be our stu­dio for the next cou­ple of years.

Ad­mit­tedly it was chaotic, but a glo­ri­ous chaos. We would work through the night a lot but do­ing it with our friends, for our friends was re­ally fun and en­er­getic.

The swimming pool space was con­ve­niently big enough for film shoots and photo shoots. That was lib­er­at­ing com­ing from our tiny apart­ment, which we con­tin­u­ously de­stroyed for shoots. Now we have a re­ally el­e­gant and quiet space next to other de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects.

It was a big change, but the time was right. It seems to re­flect our cur­rent work­ing meth­ods a bit more, which are far more or­gan­ised.

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