In my late teens, this was just a saying that one of my best friends had coined, when drunk, I think. As the years have progressed, however, it’s shifted from just an adopted phrase for simply being happy in the moment to a philosophy that I try and live my life by.
Three of my all time favourites. From a cult classic that I can wear with absolutely everything, to my favourite running Tshirt that reminds me of a great day with my sister.
A mosh pit is a metaphor for, in my opinion, the best kind of collaboration. It’s open to everyone. It’s a safe and respectful environment. It’s organic. It’s all about the good times. And finally, it has passion.
Top three!? Can I not make it top ten? Please? Ok, this was really hard, and even as I write this I’m sat next to at least five others that I eagerly pulled out of my drawer that I’m still tempted to switch them into the lineup.
To me, collaboration is like building blocks, or components, where the sum of the smaller elements combine to make something better or larger, that would not be possible if done with less.
Personally I like to keep myself to myself and have always been cautious in putting my personality in plain sight. For me, it's all about the details and the subtle little design features.
Collaboration is a journey. The feeling of having a one-way ticket to a new place. You have a rough idea of where you want to end up, but no fixed destination. Your idea will grow and develop as you go along.
Fotis Begetis is a digital artist based in Athens whose work betrays his twin passions: programmatic ‘maths art’ and the weird, glitchy landscapes of video games.
His pieces span a broad spectrum; from purely mathematical abstractions to snapshots of ‘alien landscapes’, warped out of recognition by his digital meddling to raw layers of textures and pixels.
We caught up with Fotis recently and he shared some of his influences and practices in our Snapshot Questionnaire.
Check out his replies and a photogallery of some of work below, and to find out more, go follow him on Facebook.
SNAPSHOT QUESTIONNAIRE WITH FOTIS...
We asked you to choose a favourite piece from your gallery, why this one?
It would be Pink. This was one of the first images I did with maths (I rendered it with strange attractors) which is becoming a constant practice for me. Apart from that, there’s a nostalgic feeling about it, about the 1980s when I grew up…
What did your work look like a few years ago? How has your style developed?
It was much more oriented towards painting, now I’m more digitally-oriented.
What do you like to listen to while you’re creating your work?
Lots of classical and contemporary classical, electronica, and John Barry and Jocelyn Pook soundtracks; as well as artists like Burial, Alison Balsom, Alfred Deller, Rhys Catham, and Laurie Anderson.
What would you order for your last meal? And is there anyone in particular you’d want to cook it for you? (This might sound like a morbid question, but it’s rooted in something fundamentally happy for you).
That would be French-fries and meatballs cooked by my mum! :)
If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would they be and why?
It would be four women: Char Davies, Muriel Cooper, Laurie Anderson and Lillian F. Schwartz, for the exceptional use of technology in their work.
‘Calligraffiti’ is the lovechild of the two most recognisable written art forms: calligraphy and graffiti. It takes traditional calligraphic letter forms, remixes them through a street-art lens, and throws them back up on city walls, graff-style.
Let’s face it, when you think of Kanye West, ‘team-player’ probably isn’t the first word that springs to mind. But take a look at his career and you’ll see that from the start ‘Ye’s been all about the creative partnerships. We take a look at those that have gotten ‘Ye to where he is today.
Yes, yesterday, dear friends, was Future Day: The very date that Marty, Jennifer and Doc Brown travel to in the future in Back To The Future 2. We are all now living in an age of flying cars, pizza hydrators, and hover boards.