Recap of Electric Artefacts’ Latest Tweeterviews: Rudolf Boogerman, Little Pig, oonthinice & Twirble
July 21, 2021
As summer begins to reach full swing, so do our Tweeterviews continue to heat up. Once again, we bring our non-Twitter-based audience the highlights of the interviews we have been conducting in comment-threads through Tweets. This time, we walk the reader through reflections on our natural environment, surrealism and absurdity in the crypto-world and the art of community-building.
And FYI - our door is always open to prospective Tweeterviewees! So if you’d like to be considered for our next Tweeterview, please reach out!
First off, we interviewed visual artist Rudolf Boogerman. Born in England to Dutch parents and currently based in the Ardennes, Boogerman uses a wide variety of mediums from cardboard and wood to film and computer graphic design. After having gone to a graphic arts school, his artistic practice developed further after moving to London.
1/2: I’ve always been creating art, apart from making a living as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer. But it really started to mature when I moved to England in 1990 and broke away from realism with the Wooden Dimensions project, which was quite a successful series. pic.twitter.com/90jTGIeFr4
Now, his work has come to explore the facets of humanity’s relationship to and perspectives on natural surroundings: “I also like to question human behaviour, how we evolve, our relationship with the environment we live in. And I express that in a metaphorical way. And sometimes, I visualize my abstract dreams.”
Next up, we spoke to artist and storyteller Stranezzio, creator of the Little Pigs-project. He describes the conceptual Little Pig series as "an expanding collection of absurdist hand-crafted portraits" - of toes, that is. Including his own as well as other people's feet fingers, Little Pig "explores putting the [NFT-]community’s actual skin in the game." Explaining the appeal of using toes for a modern Dadaist project, Stranezzio would describe toes as “anonymous, identifiable, anti-Pretentious.” And perfect for a crypto-project:
You nailed it! Toes can be interchangeably anonymous (dare I say fungible?), yet still such a personal part of ourselves (non-fungible!). Similarly, our movements through the blockchain are pseudonymous, while also revealing our truest natures.
The Little Pig-project’s goofiness also revealed a more profound meaning about the nature of art. Do we need to know the importance of toes to appreciate them?
I think art is like wine. You don’t need context to enjoy it, but context can enrich your experience and appreciation. Bad wine won’t be helped by knowing which valley in France the grapes grew in, but a nice wine’s provenance makes it taste better. That said, I drink scotch.
To follow, we finally rendez-voused with one of the people who introduced us to many of our Tweeterviewees all those weeks ago in a tweet: oonthinice. The architect behind the Babel NFT-community as well as a talented visual artist and musician, oonthinice used ‘Babel’ as a “way to say hello to NFT community as an upcoming artist”, inviting crypto artists, collectors and community heroes to ‘move-in’ to her artwork, thereby reflecting a digital urban landscape. And as luck would have it (but we like to think we had a part in it too!), the NFT of Babel sold not a week after our Tweeterview!
Babel is an artwork about the miscommunication and our inability to filter out everything what or who "comes to live" in our heads and personality. Before minting, I invited NFT community to move in. What happened after that was the warmest welcoming I ever had.
And last but not least, we caught up with surrealist artist Twirble to discuss their deep-sea dives into the crevices of the mind. Working mostly with coloured pencils, crayon, collage and digital art, the LA-based artist creates fantastical compositions reminiscent of the fluid language of our dreams.
You know how they say not to stare to hard into the abyss? I was always a curious child. Since I can remember I have been seeing faces in the dark. They would contort into the most horrifying visages. I literally thought I was going crazy before I was 8. https://t.co/RE8RZEQiG4
We also got an insight into Twirble’s favourite work, a beautiful collage that catches a moment under the various layers and sheets of paper. “It was created by first laying down newspaper, then placing a varied obfuscation of tissue and gel medium. My soul fell into this piece; quite literally,” Twirble explained.
This piece "The Library" is one of my favorites because it captures the loneliness, peace, and inspiration of a certain period of my life. I used to spend a lot of time in the library just perusing the stacks https://t.co/cjJcoWAKcspic.twitter.com/nFUI6lMw5l