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In depth Interview of Guy-Vincent by Thomas Raukamp
Audiovoltaics / Ditigal Culture and Media / Germany
September 17, 2010
Interview of Guy-Vincent by Lilián Bañuelos
BLINK MAGAZINE / Mexico
[The entire BLINK MAGAZINE interview in English + Spanish]
Before Twitter came into your life, what did you do?
I’ve always been someone who had the desire and passion to create something. My primary focus has been on visual art, poetry, and music. For the past several years I’ve been integrating elements from all of these disciplines into my art.
Prior to my involvement in Twitter I was working on public art projects, developing a new series of mixed-media artwork, and completing a limited edition spoken word and music CD, among other creative ventures.
I’ve always been interested in multiple forms of expression. Recently I’ve been integrating the various mediums, in an attempt to blur the boundaries between art, poetry, music, “Symbol Art” etc. It’s a very exciting time to be producing artwork and developing my interdisciplinary projects.
Antes de Twitter entró en tu vida, ¿qué hiciste?
Siempre he sido alguien que tenía el deseo y la pasión para crear algo. Mi enfoque principal ha sido el arte visual, la poesía y la música. Para los últimos años he estado integrando elementos de todas estas disciplinas en mi arte.
Antes de mi participación en Twitter estaba trabajando en proyectos de arte público, el desarrollo de una nueva serie de obras de arte mezcla de medios de comunicación, y de completar una edición limitada de la Spoken Words y CD de música, entre otros proyectos creativos.
Siempre he estado interesado en las múltiples formas de expresión. Recientemente he sido la integración de los distintos medios, en un intento de borrar las fronteras entre el arte, la poesía, la música, “Symbol Art”, etc. Es un momento muy emocionante para producir obras de arte y el desarrollo de mis proyectos interdisciplinarios.
Tell us about your background in the arts.
My background in the arts started at a very early age with my interest in drawing and writing. Over the years I began to develop my own unique visual vocabulary that soon transcended everything that I was working on. This vocabulary consists of things such as general patterns, marks, mark making, juxtaposition of shapes, symbols and numbers. Because of my various interests in many forms of art, after accomplishing a certain level of expertise in a particular medium I then searched for another area to develop. This quest to explore ultimately has become the foundation for my visions as an interdisciplinary artist.
Háblenos de su experiencia en las artes.
Mi experiencia en las artes comenzó a una edad muy temprana con mi interés en el dibujo y la escritura. Con los años empecé a desarrollar mi propio vocabulario visual única que pronto trasciende todo lo que yo estaba trabajando. Este vocabulario se compone de cosas tales como las pautas generales, las marcas, marca de toma, la yuxtaposición de formas, símbolos y números. Debido a mis intereses distintos en muchas formas de arte, después de haber logrado un cierto nivel de experiencia en un medio en particular Entonces buscó otra área a desarrollar. Esta búsqueda para explorar en última instancia, se ha convertido en la base de mi visión como artista interdisciplinario.
Do you have a direct relation with net art?
My connection to net art began about one year ago when I was introduced to twitter. It was an evolutionary process that developed from basic conversations, to poetry, to text art, to what I refer to as “Symbol Art”. In the early stages there were only a handful of individuals exploring the boundaries of this medium as a graphic art form. I become intrigued with pushing the boundaries of twitter and allowing the medium to communicate with people from around the world regardless of their language. Symbol art allows one to communicate across language barriers in a new, refreshing way.
¿Tiene usted una relación directa con el net art?
Mi conexión con el net art comenzó hace aproximadamente un año cuando me presentaron a Twitter. Fue un proceso evolutivo que se desarrolló a partir de conversaciones de base, a la poesía, el arte de texto, a lo que yo me refiero como “Symbol Art “. En las etapas iniciales sólo había un puñado de personas a explorar los límites de este medio como una forma de arte gráfico. Me sentí intrigado con empujar los límites de twitter permitiendo el medio para comunicarse con personas de todo el mundo, independientemente de su idioma. “Symbol Art” permite comunicarse a través de las barreras del idioma de una manera nueva y refrescante.
What is the process to create each tweet?
My process for creating tweets varies based on if I’m interested in generating “Symbol Art “ or poetry based “Text Art”. For example, if I’m working on symbol based art I will generally select an initial type of character; such as curves, straight, or calligraphic styled characters. I like to think of the process like music. I create a beat that carries the general feeling of my idea, and then I add various layers over it to create an essence. Overall, it’s an organic process, which I enjoy. It’s a way for me to generate ideas very quickly that may inform larger more serious artwork in many different types of mediums.
¿Cuál es el proceso para crear cada Tweet?
Mi proceso de creación de tweets varía en función de si estoy interesado en la generación de “Symbol Art” o la poesía basada en “Text Art”. Por ejemplo, si estoy trabajando en el “Symbol Art” basado en lo general, yo selecciono un tipo inicial de carácter, tales como curvas, rectas, o caracteres de estilo caligráfico. Me gusta pensar en el proceso como la música. Puedo crear un ritmo que lleva el sentimiento general de mi idea, y luego añadir varias capas sobre ella para crear una esencia. En general, es un proceso orgánico, que me gusta. Es una manera para mí para generar ideas muy rápidamente de que podrá informar grandemente obras de arte más grave en muchos diferentes tipos de medios.
Tell us about your background in the arts.
My background in the arts started at a very early age with my interest in drawing and writing. Over the years I began to develop my own unique visual vocabulary that soon transcended everything that I was working on. This vocabulary consists of things such as general patterns, marks, mark making, juxtapositioning of shapes, symbols and numbers. Because of my various interests in many forms of art, after accomplishing a certain level of expertise in a particular medium I then searched for another area to develop. This quest to explore ultimately has become the foundation for my visions as an interdisciplinary artist.
Háblenos de su experiencia en las artes.
Mi experiencia en las artes comenzó a una edad muy temprana con mi interés en el dibujo y la escritura. Con los años empecé a desarrollar mi propio vocabulario visual única que pronto trasciende todo lo que yo estaba trabajando. Este vocabulario se compone de cosas tales como las pautas generales, las marcas, marca de toma, yuxtaposición de formas, símbolos y números. Debido a mis intereses distintos en muchas formas de arte, después de haber logrado un cierto nivel de experiencia en un medio en particular Entonces buscó otra área a desarrollar. Esta búsqueda para explorar en última instancia, se ha convertido en la base de mi visión como artista interdisciplinario.
How did you start using Twitter?
A friend of mine who is very involved in technology based business and social media, introduced me to twitter about a year ago. As an artist, the majority of my attention was, and is, on developing my artwork. Initially my only goal was to use Twitter to dialogue with other artists. Soon my creative impulses had me sharing poetry, and developing my own graphical explorations and visual language.
¿Cómo empezastes a usar Twitter?
Un amigo mío que está muy involucrado en la tecnología de la industria y los medios de comunicación social, me presentó a Twitter hace aproximadamente un año. Como artista, la mayoría de mi atención,fue y es, en el desarrollo de mi obra de arte. Inicialmente, mi único objetivo era usar Twitter para el diálogo con otros artistas. Pronto mis impulsos creativos me hizo compartir la poesía, y el desarrollo de mis propias exploraciones gráfica y el lenguaje visual.
What does Twitter offer to you?
Twitter has been an enormous catalyst for introducing my artwork to numerous extremely interesting, creative people from around the world. It’s also serves as a sketchbook, diary, and journal for my ideas, and conceptual explorations. In addition, because it is a medium in which people can ‘retweet’ my work, or comment about my work on their timelines, it offers an amazing opportunity to realize the impact that my art has with the viewer.
¿Qué ofrece Twitter para usted?
Twitter ha sido un gran catalizador para la introducción de mi obra de arte a numerosos y extremadamente interesante la gente creativa de todo el mundo. También sirve como un cuaderno de apuntes, diario, revista para mis ideas, y exploraciones conceptuales. Además, porque es un medio en el que la gente puede “retweet ‘mi trabajo, o comentario acerca de mi trabajo en sus espacios, qué ofrece una increíble oportunidad para darme cuenta del impacto que mi arte tiene con el espectador
© 2010 Guy-Vincent / Blink Magazine
BEAT MAGAZINE featuring the “Twitter Art” of Guy-Vincent.
BEAT MAGAZINE / Electronic Music, Art, and Culture from around the world.
INTERVIEW of Guy-Vincent by Gilson Figueiredo
Projecto Unissono / Brazil
The dialogue with the technology seems to permeate all your artwork: do you believe in the possibility of art without technology?
My primary interest as an artist is developing a unique visual language that effectively communicates and articulates my specific concept. Less important are the tools necessary to realize that concept. I’ve learned to adapt and manipulate the available tools to obtain my desired vision.
What really makes you believe that the art isn’t finished?
I've always believed in the transformative power of art from my earliest memories to the present. Throughout the ages, art continued to change and be redefined, but the essential elements of art making have remained. Part of our human experience is to create, communicate, and search for meaning. Art provides a significant portal for us to view the past, present, and future in new and exciting ways. Our desire to create and manifest our visions provides tangible evidence of societies existence and quest to define who we are.
The technique = technology does that make the art that we see in all places somehow too commercial & even disposable?
In our society there is certainly a component of disposability. This exists not only in art but also in many aspects of modern life and culture. Perhaps the disposability of art begins with the intention of the artist. Generally I create two and three-dimensional works of art that are designed to last for many years. An exception to this is my “Symbol Art” on Twitter (@Guy_Vincent). I use Twitter as a tool to communicate poetry and graphics very quickly to a global audience. Although Twitter has a disposable aspect to it, I’ve decided to document select “Symbol Art” images on my website to allow the viewer to see how I intended the images to look. If you visit my twitter home page (http://twitter.com/Guy_Vincent or @Guy_Vincent) you can see a historical account of my work and conversations.
Science when discovers something new, discards what was suggested before. In this way technologic art didn't makes the poetry [the poetry that there is in it] one thing too transitory?
In my view, the essence of poetry and art can be found nearly everywhere. The things I look for are elements such as; balance, structure, patterns, rhythm, modulations, contrast, etc. The arts and science share many common characteristics each discipline influences the other with their discoveries. It is during the process of discovery that I look for poetry. For example, when looking at the leaves on a tree gently swaying back and forth, it may inspire the rhythm of a poem or movement in a painting. It is in this moment of attention to nature, to surroundings, to self, that reveals the quiet poetry available for all to see.
How could we understand your aesthetics?
Perhaps the easiest way to understand my aesthetic sensibilities is to visit my website at (http://www.guyvincent.net) to get an overview of the various mediums and materials I use as part of my artistic vocabulary. Because I work in many different mediums my art contains specific visual characteristic unique to the final material or combination of materials. When I look at my overall body of work there is a consistency of patterns, design, imagery, and words that serve to unify the artwork from my earliest beginnings to present day.
Does your art have some political speech?
Yes, at times my work has a very specific political intention, but most often my work connects with the viewer from an aesthetic viewpoint. I prefer that my images provide contemplation over an extended period of time, revealing subtle movements, and several interpretations. The mystery of finding deeper meaning within the artwork is something that I also enjoy while viewing or living with art.
Do you have some poetry book in the drawer? (Ready to publish)
I’ve just produced a signed limited edition CD of spoken word and music “Soul Letters” featuring my poetry and original electronic music compositions. I have at least two other volumes of poetry ready to be released soon. I’m exploring unique ways to present my poetry besides the traditional poetry book format. This CD is an example of my overall creative interests, it was a way for me to express myself and share my poetry in a more dynamic and intimate way.
The European way of life and especially post-modern and post-Christian, founded an autonomous art (separate) from the previous aesthetic movements? If that is the truth, to what degree does that impact your artwork?
Life and art are interconnected in numerous ways with things like my past, scope of knowledge, experience, and intuition, quest for knowledge, desire and passion. All of these experiences in some degree play a role in what I create. Whatever I’ve been exposed to leaves a trace in my conscious or subconscious mind. Before I begin the process of making artwork, I meditate and try to clear my mind of the past and only focus on the present moment, leaving myself open to receive and create the purest art that I can make.
What are your influences and fundamental readings in the formation of your Weltanschauung (vision of the world)?
Perhaps, the greatest influences of my visual art come from my interest and passion for poetry. I especially admire the work of Charles Baudelaire, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and Jack Kerouac. These poets combined with painters such as Van Gogh and several other contemporary visual artists have provided me a historical reference in order to understand and present my vision of the world. For me, the most fulfilling aspect of creating art is within the art making process itself. From concept to development, to the final artwork, it’s a very intimate and organic process. After the work is completed, I view it as my “gift to the universe”. It takes on a different meaning, being perceived and discussed by others whom I don’t know personally. I find the entire process an extremely fulfilling and fascinating experience providing new challenges and opportunities.
Which advice would you give to the youth’s artists of all the times?
My advice to young artists is to understand the historical significance of art so it can serve as a foundation upon which to move forward. Authentic creativity comes from the inner desire of the individual to express, communicate, and push the boundaries of their vision. Even if you feel out of sync with your contemporaries, continue to seek clarity in your artistic vision and endeavors. The journey of life as a contemporary artist is a unique, complex, and magical opportunity for self-discovery and contributions to society.
Interview of Guy-Vincent by Fernando Fonseca
Bit Rebels / Premier technology and Design Blog
How did you come across Twitter?
I was introduced to twitter by a friend who is extremely passionate about social media and technology. Our conversation and my curiosity to integrate new mediums led to my exploration of twitter.
Were you already experimenting or creating ANSI or Unicode Art before?
Many of my earliest artworks referenced literature, poetry, and the written word. Incorporating text-based xerography in the form of collage paintings and creating “concrete poetry” was an early interest of my creative journey. My work is not directly correlated with ANSI or Unicode art as it’s currently defined.
When did you see the potential of the microblogging platform as an art medium?
I’ve been aware of the power and potential of blogging for many years, but I’ve never been interested in spending the time needed to write a traditional blog. Microblogging is the perfect medium for me to express creative short bursts of poetry, graphics, thoughts, and observations. I’ve also found that it’s an excellent way to direct people via links to view my fine art on my websites.
What do you try to express with your Tweets? What is the concept, if any, behind it?
As a multidisciplinary artist, I look at all forms of communication, technology, and art as a potential source of inspiration. Twitter has become a very effective tool to communicate with individuals from around the world. Generally the conceptual content expressed in my tweets follows the specific thematic work in which I am involved. Some of my favorite graphical twitterART incorporates both words and symbols.
How do you see, from the point of view of a creator, the attention that TwitterArt has been getting?
As an artist, I’m focused on creating innovative work that utilizes any medium that enhances and helps articulate my particular conceptual direction. For me, the most fascinating element of twitter is its ability to connect, share, collaborate, and inspire people within a global capacity. Generating twitterART offers me an opportunity to spontaneously create and connect with others who conversely connect and inspire. As far as the recent twitterART attention, it’s positive from the viewpoint that it enhances an artist’s visibility, and in turn may lead to more worldwide emphasis on the arts.
Due to the extreme viral nature of Twitter, are you concerned with copyright issues?
Based upon my experience on twitter, the overwhelming majority of individuals are very conscientious in providing credit to the original source of the content whether it’s twitterART, quotes, original poetry or other creative or intellectual material.
What is the value of a Tweet containing TweetArt? Have you ever thought about it?
The value of tweet containing “twitterART, has two principal components. The first deals with my interest in visually expressing and pushing the boundaries of an idea within the limitations of 140 characters. For individuals who have twitterART streaming across their computer, it activates the screen in a very fresh and stimulating way. I’ve been thanked numerous times for providing distinctive visuals to a wide range of people using twitter on a regular basis. I certainly appreciate their positive feedback and view my twitterART contributions as only one part of the overall experience generated by people on twitter.
With Twitter’s new TOS, and the rumors that it opens the doors to advertising being included on Tweets, do you think that companies will try and use the same of Graphic based Tweets? What is your stand on this? Would you work for a company to make their brand more graphic on Twitter?
Regarding twitter’s new Terms of Service and the impact of advertising being part of twitter’s future, perhaps Biz Stone would be better suited to discuss their business model directions. If it does happen, advertisers will use whatever means are available for them to target their audience. If that includes graphic based tweets I’m certain they will utilize them. I haven’t investing my energy on the subject of advertising, but if a company asked me to collaborate on a graphic brand strategy, now we’re talking business, not art. I do twitterART because I want to. Doing it for someone else is an entirely different conversation. For me, twitter is an extension of my artistic process, a process based on being organic and having the ability to change direction with fluidity.
How do you see TwitterArt evolving knowing that is constrained by the UTF-8 code?
I’m uncertain how it will ultimately evolve, but I frequently see innovative talent on twitter expressed in a variety of unique and compelling ways. In my experience, constraints serve to speed up the creative, intellectual, and evolutionary process of a particular medium. I see the increased utilization of links as a significant force to expand the communicative process. All of the advances are somewhat interdependent upon one another. As a multimedia artist, I’m excited to participate in such a creative, diverse, and globally integrated twitter community\Online Digital Version November 27, 2012 ::: http://bit.ly/Sr7DLp ::::