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Using a wide range of media and techniques to explore my fascination for creativity, I work in many fields including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, product design, visualization, UX and user interface design.

Before moving to Bali, I was Director of Research and Development at Jawbone. I previously ran a lecture series in London at Tate Modern on computer graphics under my company Supernatural and continue now to work on speech writing and presentation development such as Green School co-founder, John Hardy's TED lectures. I use this site as a portfolio of recent projects and concepts and also home to my blog where I discuss ideas, news and areas of this great wide world that pique my diverse interests ...and yes, my real name is zissou.  

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Since moving to Bali in 2010 I have become far more deeply involved in sustainable thinking and design. I have built a bamboo home in the jungle, grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables and make a concerted effort to become more aware and considerate of nature and it's vital role in allowing us to live on this planet. To this end, should you have a creative project you feel could advance this type of neo-realism and are looking for creative assistance, you can contact me via the link above.

Net by Numen/For Use

9th September, 2011

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Croatian collective Numen / For Use have produced a wonderful piece of ‘architecture’, creating 2 stories of flexible nets that act as one giant, multi-level hammock.

I love this idea – In fact, I had a very similar idea a few years back – What I intrigued me about the concept was that while a hammock is just a seat, people often race to jump into one given the choice over it or a chair. I wondered whether it was because of peoples association with them and the palm lined beaches of the tropics – an association with holiday. Also, you often find more than one person trying to get in them at once – It can create a breakdown of those personal space barriers. So I saw the idea of a massive, public, multi-level hammock as having the potential to get the general public interacting with each other in a more playful way.

Seems that these guys have a similar thinking…
“Many of my friends would love to have it in their backyard, to open the window and jump inside for a sunbath or whatever,” For Use/Numen’s Christoph Katzler explained “But I guess it would be difficult to find a location where all neighbors would give their permission to have ‘strangers’ hanging around in front of their windows.” One possibility, he says, would be to insert it into a football cage. The main requirement is that people are free to interact with the installation. “Nowadays we write it in our contracts that the public has to be able to go inside during normal opening hours,” Katzler says. Once inside and crawling around on all fours, visitors tend to let down their guard and start chatting with each other. “That’s why we like to see it in the public,” the artist says. “Maybe it is somehow like in a different world and some rules do not count anymore for a while.”

I’m just glad someone had actually went out there and produced it.
(As well as a black version, I had wanted to do a bright red version too!)

It is currently on show at Z33 gallery in Berlin

Link here.

 

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