【CHOK 独家专访】我们专访了奥地利传奇疯狂艺术家 Jorg Vogeltanz

Jorg Vogeltanz

Jorg Vogeltanz

采访日期: 2014年10月07日

Jörg Vogeltanz 是奥地利一位传奇的自由艺术家,漫画创作、插画、平面设计、电影导演及制作… 似乎一切与艺术创作相关的,他都涉猎到了,而且每一件作品都很!疯!狂!然而要是你知道,他是一位 UFO 目击者和超自然现象研究者,你就会明白那一切的疯狂才是他的常态。

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Jorg Vogeltanz 大神的重彩作品集

关于设计师本人 “生活就该应疯狂!”

我是一名自由艺术家,出生于 1968 年一个风雨交加的夜晚,如今有着幸福美满的家庭。我的工作室就是家里的一个房间,我为奥地利国内外不同的机构工作,主要插画艺术和平面设计,而我自己最大的热情在于漫画小说和电影制作,都是很烧钱的嗜好啊!所以我大概四到五年才出来一个相对满意作品。我和一些伙伴一起创作了《The Anger Diaries》系列漫画书,是关于一个大阴谋的,讲述一个国际秘密社交组织 Sheng 和一个糊涂又抑郁的职业杀手 John F. Sebastian,他要面对一大波危险事件和离奇可怕的人。这个离经叛道的漫画系列在我自己名下的机构 “edition preQuel” 出版,因为我希望能自己一手操控所有的平面设计、排版和印刷全过程。

The Anger Diaries

不得不说我是个电影迷,但要选出最爱的电影实在太难了。只能说,出自 Alejandro Jodorowsky、尼克拉斯·罗伊格、安德烈·祖拉夫斯基等人之手的电影都是我的爱。我也是个电视迷,像《神探夏洛克》《Penny Dreadful》《乌托邦》《Torchwood》等英剧我都有追看,还有《绝命毒师》《The Strain》《Intruders》《The Knick》等等我也喜欢。至于音乐就更是我的生命了,尤其 David Bowie 的音乐,从我 12 岁开始就一直陪伴着我的生活,对我的创作也有很深的影响。

人们都说我的所做所想很疯狂,但我自己都没有意识到。生活就是疯狂的,只要你走近观看,一切都是疯狂的!(附带杀手的笑容)

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关于创作灵感 “强迫症地追寻本质”

如果我说灵感来自任何地方,好像有点废话。我坚信宇宙是虚无的,一切都在于自身的洞察。我总是强迫症似的追寻事物背后的本质,灵感便像波浪一样随之而至。我是一个十分好奇爱八卦的人,希望知道的远远多于我所相信的,从不疲于学习和体验新的知识。这是一个奇妙又可怕、怪诞有可爱的脆弱的世界,在我身边和内心涌动的一切就是我创作的启发和灵感。

生命中的良师益友,自杀身亡的叔叔和 Jean Giraud

我有一位叔叔,他在 90 年代的时候自杀身亡。他是当地一位知名的地质学家,同时也是一名极具天分的艺术家,他创作了美轮美奂的绘画作品、漫画、木刻艺术品和浮雕作品,并深爱死亡暗黑主题的物品。他认为只有痛苦地前行才有意义,即虽然我不能完全同意他的见解,但他对待自身才能的方法的确影响了我的,甚至我自己都意识不到这影响有多深。当然,我的生活中还有很多能称为 “导师” 的人,但估计他们自己也不知道。当我意识到的时候,我就想画一部漫画,讲述给予我极大正能量支持的艺术家 Jean Giraud,很多人称他为 “Moebius”。然而,还有很多艺术家不同程度地影响着我,使我不断发现自己。

Change Me

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关于新近创作和未来打算 “我的人生就是在试错”

今年 9 月份我完成了一部原创漫画作品,是《Superwomen》场景的重新演绎,这是奥地利电影制作人 Barbara Caspar 导演的纪录片,关于西班牙战前女权运动。这部片子正处于最后制作阶段,至少我希望是这样的。现在我正在为《The Anger Diaries》三部曲的第一部工作,希望能在今年 11 月出版。2012 年,我参与了多元影片 “PANTHERION” 的创作,在几乎零预算的情况下,身兼导演、制作人、美工、平面设计、道具设计、编辑等多职,这部玩味性质的电影片长大概 150 分钟,一百多个演员花了 50 个拍摄日。整个剧组几乎都是无偿贡献,但这真是一次很特别的体验,我懂了编辑、简单的 CGI、量子力学,还收获了友谊。

这部电影可以在网上免费下载高清版本,但遗憾的是,我们没有预算继续拍完整个系列,即使编剧把第一季的脚本都已经写好了… 伴随着一些魔法仪式般的实验,这部电影应该是我所参与过的最疯狂的一个创作项目了,尤其是尽管我们几乎都没钱,而作品制作出来却堪称完美。说到多元,我们还为这部电影创作了一些杂志、广播剧,以及很棒的原声唱片,这些都能从电影的网站中读取到。所以,对于电影制作,我是雄心勃勃的,明年的计划就是继续深入这方面的创作,虽然我深知对于生活在奥地利的我来说,这很艰难。换个角度想,我的整个人生似乎总是在试错,那就继续下去吧!

PANTHERION – Reality Is Debatable 电影预告

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关于责任与理想 “我们都是地球的过客”

我是一名独子,所以总会觉得自己是那么独特,甚至生来就是画漫画的料。但如果要谈点认真的,作为一名外星飞船的深刻见证者兼 “不可知论者”(或者说是超自然现象的研究者),我察觉到所有我们能有意识地感知的一切,都不是这个世界的全部,我坚信世上一切都是相连的。如果你理解不了我说的,不妨先脑补一下 Burkhard Heim 的多维现实概念或者 Rupert Sheldrake 的关于地貌成因领域的论著,然后你将得出一个结论,即你我及世间其他一切都是某种图腾的一部分,超越时空。虽然我们都只是匆匆过客,但对这个时空的创造和记忆都有着共同的责任。

人生中的高潮和低谷 “当自由艺术家是一种奢侈”

我的父母在我从事创作的早期就给予了我很大的支持,所以并没有特别惊讶的瞬间。在创意活上我从未怀疑过自己,我曾经在写字楼中感到迷惘,朝九晚五的工作让我极度不愉快,我不断与金钱作斗争,而成为一名自由艺术家是我能想象的最好的职业了。我可以完全控制自己的时间与生活,那比任何珍宝或之前的东西都要可贵,简直是一种奢侈。当你开始成为一名专业的艺术家,第一个最大挑战就是得不到客户的认同和支持导致财政拮据如何继续创作,而第二个最大的挑战就是成功之后如果度过发展的瓶颈并好好赚钱。

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在奥地利生活对创作的影响 “除了没有海,其他都还好”

生活在奥地利这么一个国家、呆在人口二十七万的城市 Graz,这样的生活还满舒适的。我经常将这里作为创作背景,为生活注入一点兴奋,毕竟我不是生活在纽约或伦敦。奥地利的社会保障和福利体系比起欧洲许多其他国家都要好一些,我们可以从水龙头直接喝到鲜甜的水,气候也很温和,大部分的人都很纯朴,对于养育小孩来说,这是很好的地方。当然,前提是你能忽视那僵化的教育系统以及右翼政客的高调戏码。在这个大环境中,我最最怀念的,是人们开放的思维和开拓的勇气,在这里我很难找到流行文化的元素,还有,这里真的没有海。奥地利是与海洋没有半毛线联系的内陆,而大海总是沉沉地影响着我的创作,旅行也是,无论去哪里。

关于日常生活 “不疯狂,毋宁死”

其实一直努力让生活不那么常规。要我规规矩矩的每天做些例行公事,不如杀了我吧!不过呢,我通常早上九点十点起来会查查邮箱,喝喝茶,如果有什么要紧的工作要处理,我一般会在白天完成。我妻子下午 3 点半就会下班回来,除非我要外出办事,不然我都会下厨,和她共进晚餐。都得看我当时在做什么项目,才知道那一天会怎么过,有时我会把所有工作都在下午之前做好。因为晚上和傍晚,是我和我的爱妻享受生活的时间,有时我们会邀请一些朋友来家里,或者一起到外面看看电影。而我真正工作的时间应该是晚上 10 点半到凌晨 3 点这段时间,甚至更晚。自从我有记忆开始,我就是一枚夜猫,最痛苦的莫过于上学时期每天要一早爬起来。晚上工作是很奇妙的,没有任何干扰,仿佛整个世界就只有你一个人。

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给其他艺术创作者的建议 “跟随内心的声音,玩得开心吧”

倾听自己内心的声音吧!与身边的一切沟通,获取灵感但不要模仿,穿过密林,找到属于自己的 “秘密通道”,不要跟在别人的脚步后面。充满热情比大量生产更重要。重要是玩得开心!去爱你所做的事情,爱你自己。不断地去改变、去体验,永不止境地重塑自己、反省自己,以及你的作品、你周遭的世界。然后,无视我所说的吧,去做你认为不做会死的事情!完全地做你自己,以独立的生命、思想和艺术。

Dr. Who on Holiday Mix by Dean Grey (Original by Green Day)

不要残忍,也不要怯懦;不要放弃,也不要屈服。– Doctor Who

ChokStick: Tell us about yourself, your studio, where are you from, your favorite movie or music band, the craziest thing you’ve done before?

Joreg: I´m a freelance artist, born in a stormy August night in 1968, one year before mankind walked the moon. Very happily married and father of a 23-year old son I´m working for several clients in and outside of Austria where I live, mainly as an illustrator and graphic designer, yet my great passions are graphic novels and filmmaking, two obsessions which usually cost, alas!, a huge amount of money if you want to do it right. So regrettably I am able to put every 4 or 5 years only some “bigger stuff” out. Together with a few good friends and collaborators I helped to create “The Anger Diaries” Graphic Novel series about a sinister, global secret gameplayer-society called “Sheng” and its confused and depressed hitman John F. Sebastian who has to face very strange events and uncanny people. The more-than-deviant series is published under my own label, “edition preQuel” (www.prequel.at) to ensure full control over the whole graphic design, typography and printing process. My studio is also one room at my home where I live.

Referring to the question about favorite movies I have to admit that there is too much amazing stuff I was happy to encounter in my life, so I find it impossible to name some “favorite”. All I can say is that I like movies like those made by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nicolas Roeg, Andrzej Żuławski. I am a dedicated tv-series junkie, love the very British stuff like “Sherlock”, “Penny Dreadful”, “Utopia” or “Torchwood” but also US-based output like “Breaking Bad” (“Of course”, you might think now), “The Strain”, “Intruders” or “The Knick”. When it comes to music it is even far more difficult for I´m living with a soundtrack-for-life in my head and my car radio, depending on the current mood I´m in. But frankly one single beacon illuminates my music world constantly and this light is the music of David Bowie. It accompanies my life and influenced some work with different intensities since my 12th year. To answer the “craziest thing”-question: Other people sometimes say that things I do or think are crazy, but I´m normally not aware of it. Life´s crazy, everything is crazy if you watch closely, so I´m average, I guess (said the serial killer and smiled).

ChokStick: Tell us about the story behind your works. Where does your inspiration and creativity come from?

Joreg: Tough question. Is it dumb to answer “From everywhere”? For I am absolutely sure that there is literally nothing in or outside this universe that´s not fueling creativity … it all depends on how you perceive it. Inspiration comes in waves and is usually triggered by my obsessive striving to look behind curtains. I´m a very, very curious and inquiring being. I want to know far more than I want to believe. And I´m never bored for there are so many things to learn, to know, to experience. All around and inside me lights up my creativity and inspires me. It´s a wonderful, scary, strange, lovely, fragile world.

ChokStick:Have you had any mentors or influential people in your life?

Joreg:First of all I had an uncle who committed suicide in the 1990s. He was a locally well-known Geologist but also a highly talented artist who created wonderful drawings, caricatures, wood- and linocuts and had a deep love for the dark and macabre stuff. Although I didn´t always agree with his pityless views – he thought that only painful progress was of value, for example – I came to the conclusion that his approach to deal with his talent influenced my own approach more than I had realized then. Of course there were and are several other people and entities in my life I´d call “mentors” but I guess they don´t know about it. When I started to realize that I´d love to draw comics one of my strongest inspirational artists surely was Jean Giraud, better known as “Moebius”. But, again, there are too many artists´ influences I “used” to develop my own, individual way to pick out just some few.

ChokStick:Do you feel a responsibility or a desire to contribute to something bigger than, or outside of, yourself?

Joreg :I am a single kid, so of course I think that I´m special and that I am designed to achieve COSMIC thingies. But, seriously spoken, as an impressed witness of a triangular, huge UFO in an April night in 1990 and agnostic researcher of the so-called “paranormal” I am absolutely aware that all what we are able to consciously perceive is not the whole picture. Subsequently I am sure that all and everything is connected. If you try to understand the theories of Burkhard Heim´s multidimensional reality concept or Rupert Sheldrake´s morphogenetic field (to name but a very few) you have to come to the conclusion that we and everything else is part of some kind of pattern, some kind of something more than spacetime. And that we all have a responsibility to be as creative and mindful as possible in THIS spacetime-continuum we temporarily seem to live in. By the way, working as an artist always gives you the feeling that you contribute to something bigger than yourself.

ChokStick:Tell us about your latest project. Is there anything new you’d like to try in the next 3 years?

Joreg:In early September this year I finished my work on the original animation artwork to be used for re-enactment scenes in the feature documentary “Superwomen” about feminism in pre-war-Spain, directed by Barbara Caspar, an Austrian filmmaker and friend of mine. The documentary now is in its final stages of production, I hope. I´m currently working on “Trilogy 1”, the first three issues of “The Anger Diaries” (see above) in one volume, translated into English. I hope to publish it until November 2014, first over createspace.com and amazon. In 2012 I took part in creating the wonderful multiverse of “PANTHERION” and worked as director, producer, artworker, graphic and prop/weaponry-designer, editor etc. for the nearly-no-budget (literally) amateur pilot movie which is 2 hours and thirty minutes long, took 50 shooting days and 100 actors and extras. All together working for no money at all. I can say it was quite an experience, I learned a lot about editing, cheap CGI, quantum mechanics and friendship. The movie can be seen and downloaded freely on www.pantherion.at or vimeo in full HD … sadly we have no funding to launch the series though the scripts for season 1 have been finished by the writers … So, alongside with some ritual magick experiments and related stuff in my youth this may has been the craziest project I ever worked on … despite the obvious fact that we had no money everything else went absolutely perfect. Said that it´s a multiverse I have to mention that we were able to create some pulp mags, an audio drama and a wonderful soundtrack parallel to the movie. It´s all accessable via pantherion.at. So, yes!, in the next years I really like to try moving deeper in filmmaking, but I think it´s tough if you live in Austria. On the other hand my whole life always has been “trial-and-error”, so be it!

ChokStick:Did you have an “Aha!” moment when you realized that art was something you could do for a living? What has been the biggest risk you’ve taken to move forward?

Joreg:I grew into it for my parents supported my creativity from an early stage on. Therefore there was no “Aha!”-moment. I never doubted that I was unable to do anything else than something creative. I´d be lost in an office, deeply unhappy with a 9-to-5 – job. Despite my constant struggle with money to be a freelance artist is the best profession I can imagine. For I have full control over my lifetime. And that´s more than precious or valuable… it´s pure luxury. If you start to become professional the biggest risk number one is to become very poorly financed by not being accepted as an artist by clients and/or possible supporters, the biggest risk number two is to get developmently stuck if you are successful, accepted and earn good money.

ChokStick:How does where you live impact your creativity? Or, in your case, how does traveling impact your creativity?

Joreg:It´s comfortable to live in a 270.000-souls-town like Graz and a country like Austria. I often use it as playground for the contents of my work to add some thrill to the fact that I´m not living in NYC or London. Social security and welfare system are still better than in most european and other countries. We can drink water from the faucet. The climate is temperate. Most of the people are unarmed. It´s a good place to raise your kids, if you ignore the defunct educational system and the rise of right-wing politics. The things I really miss in my environment are some kind of open-mindness, a courage to walk on new paths and pop-cultural knowledge i rarely find in this country and, indeed, the sea. Austria is an inland with no connection to any ocean anymore. The sea always massively impacts my creativity. Traveling also does. No matter to where.

ChokStick:What is your typical day look like?

Joreg:I really try not to have “typical days”. Routine and ritual kills me. But most of the time I get up at around 9.30 or 10.00 am, check my emails, drink some water or tea, if there is urgent work to finish I do that until early afternoon. My wife comes home from her work at 3.30 pm and most of the time I cook for and eat together with her except I have appointments or work to do. It always depends on my current work how my “typical” day looks like. In the late afternoon and early evening I often like to go for a coffee in a nearby caf or meet with friends, sometimes I take a walk. On other days I do all this before noon or before cooking. The evening and very often late afternoon, too, is “quality time” with my loved wife when our timelines run parallel, sometimes we invite friends or go out, watching a movie etc. My serious working time starts around 10.30 pm and ends appr. at 3.00 in the morning, sometimes later. I´ve been a night-owl as long as I can remember, my greatest pain during my school years was the absurdly early time I had to get up. Working at night is wonderful for there are no disturbances or phone calls. It´s the time you have the feeling the world belongs to you only.

ChokStick:What advice would you give to a young person, or anyone, starting out in art?

Joreg:Always listen to yourself. Communicate with the world around you. Be inspired but never imitate. Find your own, private and secret way through the forest, never walk in the footsteps of others. It´s better to be intense than to be productive. Have fun. Love what you do and who you are. Change constantly. Experiment. Never stop redefining and questioning yourself, your art, the world around you. Do what you really will or die trying. Don´t follow my advice. Be utterly independent in life, thoughts and art.

All images © Jorg Vogeltanz

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