How did you begin making sculptures?
At the very beginning when I was invited by friends for dinner I used to bring a bottle filled with microchips and claim that this bottle had more computing power than any computer on earth... my friends then started to look at it as if it was a piece of artwork... that was in 1994 and since then I went on...
Do you consider your art to be a form of mosaic (your profile has you listed as a sculptor)?
There are three types of sculpture. Carving (wood, marble...), moulding
(bronze, ceramic...) and assembling. Just as mosaic, Cybertrash is of
the third type.
Creating is making something which doesn't exist. This terminological
hierarchy coming from marketing is superficial and useless. There are
creators and followers... period.
By collecting materials I reach the critical masses that allow for making
such piece in such size. I have in my mind a whole virtual catalogue
of hundreds of pieces I could make. I'll never have enough time to build
Pieces including well-known objects (guitare, phone, turntable...) sell
well. I have to make some quite regularly because galleries ask for them.
Abstract pieces are much more fulfilling.
I feed my inspiration with contemporary art as well as architecture, haute couture or jewelry...
Are there any books you have been influenced by, any specific art forms?
2001 a space odyssey and Mad Max
Is there a specific area of art you would consider your sculptural style to be a part of? If so, why? If not, would you consider your sculptural style to be a new form, or would you even want to influence other artists in such a direct fashion?
I follow the path of "arte povera"... Base material comes for free, it's a kind of trash... Cybertrash is my style... I wish it could become a current
When selecting materials for your sculptures, what kinds of things do you consider? Color, size, shape, texture? Do you collect things randomly, or specifically for each piece you are working on?
When unsetting the machines I sort the components by shape and color
until I reach the critical mass. My creations depend on what I manage
to collect. I am always on the look out for a new source of supply. I
buy some objects such as guitars, cameras and turntables at car boot
I use neoprene gel in 50ml tubes. That's all.
At the scale of the history of mankind and considering its past end
present use, the invention of electronics can be compared to the discovery
of fire. The most remarkable feature of tomorrow's electronics is that
it will be invisible. That's why we must do all the memory work during
the visiblity period which coincides with my presence here.
It's the only material I have ever taken interest in.
I use Wood
I use totem because statue refers to academic art. I make wall sculptures
and totems. Watchers often receive esoteric messages... I might have
something to do with this...
[sergio] I've always worked in 2D, most probably because I can't see in 3D. I like drawing and painting. To me these comics are clearly not mosaic art. I create them using many layers in a graphical software suite - I don't tile but I stack up. Every single texture or character in the comics comes form a picture of Tassou's artwork, but I don't know if this can be considered collaborative work since I don't try to influence Tassou's work to get more or better material for my comics and he doesn't try to influence the scenario or the layout of the comics. See it as a tribute to Tassou's art.