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Christophe Dillinger / Cacodesign / Mathieu Drouet / Cité Plurielle / Louise Imagine / Léo Dorfner / Yves Bigot / Elsa Liverani / Adé Adjou Tony Jazz / Sonia Chabas / Stéphanie Turan / Estelle Dougier / Marine M. Goss

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« TYPEWRITER » Christophe Dillinger INTERVIEW of the illustrator CacoDesign « CITY OF ECHOES » Mathieu Drouet INTERVIEW of members of the association Cité Plurielle « SECRÈTE » Louise Imagine INTERVIEW of the painter Léo Dorfner « CÔTES » Yves Bigot INTERVIEW of the architect Elsa Liverani « OBAMANIA » Adé Adjou INTERVIEW of the producer/composer/lyric writer Tony Jazz « PLURI-ELLES » Sonia Chabas INTERVIEW of the illustrator Stéphanie Turan « ARRIÈRE-COUR » Estelle Dougier INTERVIEW of the clothes designer Marine M. Goss



« TYPEWRITER » Christophe Dillinger INTERVIEW of the illustrator CacoDesign


TYPEWRITER Camera Visibilum, a book about Christophe Dillinger’s art photography practice, is now available via his website. WHAT IS the serie « typewriter » ABOUT? The Typewriter serie was born out of a desire to practice “total” photography. Photography is often said to be a way to show reality, but to me this definition is utterly wrong: in fact, photography is an exercise in deletion, on the aesthetic as well as the political or emotional levels. Typing words and signs on the negative enables me to reinsert into the image everything the act of taking a picture took away: sound, smell, warmth, presence. My approach to photography could be seen as journalistic or belonging to the realm of advertising in its form, but I think that what I am trying to do is to leave what is superficial in an image behind and instead go to the heart of the story which is happening (or happened, or even should or could have happened) in front of the lens. According to you, photography is... To me photography is mainly a way to communicate. It is a way to show what is invisible, forgotten and gone. In photography, I am more interested in potentiality than reality. I use photography to tell stories, while letting the viewer decide whether these stories are true or false. To me, the difference between the two is of no importance (which could be seen as the actual antithesis of photography). In fact, I don’t know whether I should consider myself as a photographer, a writer or an illustrator! What is the «Hidden Negs » project? I must confess that I was suprised by the enthusiasm of people who saw this serie. Unfortunately, when I went to present my work to curators and art critics, I quickly realized that if they did like my work, they were not prepared to show it in their galleries. I then said to myself that if people could not come and see my photos, I had to find a way for my photos to go and see them. I started to hide negative in books here and there. The aim of the exercise is for the person who finds one of them to contact me (each negative has my email address written on it) so that can start a dialog. In time I asked people I knew via Flickr to help me and from time to time I sent them an envelope with a few negatives to hide in it.

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INTERVIEW Describe us your universe... Whether it’s in everyday life or in my work I like to evolve in a colored and cheerful universe. I’m very influenced by the 60’s and 70’s, by the pop, lightness and warmth which come from that time, it’s appealing and inspiring. Your sources of inspiration... Everyday life, true life, the little things on which I like to linger and try to extract from the ordinariness. I get my inspiration from people around me too. I like Pedro Almodovar, David Lachapelle, Cindy Sherman, David Hockney, Sophie Calle...(to name a few). I feed on their work and huge talent. Your way of creating... Creation is quite linked with emotion, I take a lot of photos and I use them for my compositions. I collect papers, old advertisings, materials... The trend is to take old photographs of Playboy and give it a second breath, a new youth! It takes its place at random whether what I feel like, inspiration, mood of the moment. I rarely know where I’m going when I start to work on an illustration and that’s what I like about it. Words and images... The letter (Letraset mostly) gives a dynamic aspect to the composition. Words come naturally upon the visual, they become a part of it and give informations on what I want to expose, they lead the viewer but let them interpret. Any projects, any desire? I think I’ll take further the illustrations ink/photographs/Letraset, and make a serie, like a travelling notebook, of a graphical road movie on route 66, with its codes and atmosphere I appreciate particularly. To be continued then...



« CITY OF ECHOES » Mathieu Drouet INTERVIEW of members of the association Cité Plurielle


CITY OF ECHOES How did you conceive this serie? I’ve been living in this neighbourhood for ten years and I guess I needed that whole time to show my vision. This district is constantly changing; it’s a sensitive area here in Lille. I like to compare it with plate tectonics. I focused on the most marked, changing and eventually less flattering zone. It took me two hours and four 12-shot films to shoot this serie of pictures on a Sunday in June. I had wandered by night through the zone with some neighbours and the day after I came back home alone, humming along Pelican’s music, whose album « City of Echoes » gave its name to this serie. As simple as that. An urban landscape... I am not a landscape photographer. I focus more on the emotional interpretation of space and at that time, I just wanted to let people know how I was feeling. And I was as shattered (geographically speaking) than this zone. Kind of an abandoned field. What if tomorrow... I hardly think about tomorrows; they’re too far off... Well, I guess I always think about tomorrows. But to go back to the subject, this district has suffered lots of changes for six months and still remains an abandoned field. But not me. I’m not the same person anymore. And I’ll do something else next time.


INTERVIEW How did this project start? Cité Plurielle is an event put together by the city of Echirolles which, two or three years after its creation, saw its inhabitants and associations sharing the same ideal: “… a weeklong series of events against racism and to promote equal opportunities is OK, but it has to be done in such a way that we recognize ourselves in it, it shouldn’t be an elitist project, it needs to be built all together…” This is how the Collectif Cité Plurielle started. It hasn’t become what it is today in a day, the Collectif has kept on evolving daily for fifteen years. To touch different universes... A collective is, by definition, a turbulent mixing of views and ideas and this collective aims to fight for equal opportunities and against racism. To achieve this, the week Cité Plurielle must propose various events aiming at various audiences. This is the reason why, in Cité Plurielle, can be found an old-style conference as well as informal discussions around a meal, film projections, sporting events, projects taking place in school refectories, shows and other events targeted towards young people such as, this year, a meeting with Magyd Cherfi. A photography exhibition... I have been doing this job since 2005 and I am still impressed by how keen the residents feel towards this association and by their desire to innovate. The aim of this exhibition was to honour them through a series of portraits taken by Jean Pierre Angei during monthly operational meetings. What kind of response did this exhibition receive? The praises were unanimous, partly due to the sterling work of Jean Pierre Agnei, which reflects so powerfully the sensibility of the eyes, the dignity of the people, all this in an egalitarian spirit that respects their origins and differences. Each portrait is accompanied by a few lines which define what the person does and this gives, as well as a very human dimension to this exhibition, a measure of these people’s engagement to this cause. Some projects? The Collectif Cité Plurielle has joined a network of associations in order to share good practice and strengthen its impact. Our goal is to take heed of what is happening in other places as well as sharing our own knowledge. Photos by Jean-Pierre Angei © T. +33 (0) 6 12 78 30 04 The exhibition will take place at the Hôtel de ville d’Échirolles (1 place des Cinq Fontaines 38130 Échirolles) from the 12th of March to the 14th of April 2009.



« SECRÈTE » Louise Imagine INTERVIEW of the painter Léo Dorfner


SECRÈTE How is born this serie? In the most simple way possible, I was at a friend’s place, very natural, at ease with her body, she was walking around, splendid in all her nudity. The light was beautiful and soft... I just asked her If she didn’t mind me taking her picture. The skin is... The essential part... A delicate texture, magnificent curves... I just keep on trying to transcribe the beauty in what I see. This body is faceless, impersonal... That’s my model’s choice... She didn’t wish to be recognized, so I respected her request with the photos I show. I have a few with her where you can see her beautiful face... but it is «eyes only»... for her.


INTERVIEW Your academic education... I went to les Beaux Arts in Caen and then in Paris. The choice of watercolour... I have been practicing watercolour for many years. I found this method easier than others. My painting practice led me to a strict use of very watered down acrylic – doubtless inherited from my watercolour years. Watered down colour creates variations; accidents such as drips and cracks become more frequent. It was therefore obvious that I should return to watercolour, especially since the subject matter lends itself to watered down colours (reminiscent of Alex Barbier’s work) and since the reduced size favours a quick execution. Painting women... The work is above all a re-appropriation of the theme of the classical nude, especially the female nude, but this time used alongside a pornographic imagery coming from the internet. I am interested in eroticism and pornographic imagery as being the new popular post modern iconography. And it’s fun too. The bathroom... My watercolours come from photographs found on internet pornographic sites. These photographs are amateur shots and the bathroom seems to be the best place in the house, along with the bedroom, to produce this type of image. It is this wealth of images of bathrooms which led me to create a serie of work based on this, it is not a conceptual choice. Your projects... I am thinking about going back to painting, at first for small format work, then for larger format. The experience gained with watercolour feeds my strict reflection upon painting and I want to experiment by adding images to my paintings, to put into question the relationship between background and figure, the “aesthetics of distortion”. I am working on exhibiting soon as well. And party. Roughly speaking, as Michel Houllebecq would say, I am “looking for happiness”.



« CÔTES » Yves Bigot INTERVIEW of the architect Elsa Liverani


CÔTES How did you start photography? A few years ago I practiced wood engraving a lot, as well as lithography and chemical etched engraving. But work related pressure forced me to regretfully quit engraving. I discovered photography two years ago, along with a burgeoning passion for carrying on my interrupted artistic practice through a new medium. The serie introduced here is very soft, contemplative... To take pictures is for me the only way to feel separated from the rest of the world, to put myself “aside” when I visit unknown places, always hoping to be confronted to a new reality. Photography allows me to develop a way to look at things which had been put on hold for more than fifteen years now. This serie was made in 2008 on the coast of Brittany and Normandy. Do you have any work in progress? I want to show my pictures while making others! I am part of a photographers group - Here and now – and we are showing our work in three exhibitions in Rennes, in the first semester of 2009. I also want to tell you about the website of the association I run as president, les Editions de Juillet. We have been publishing two books a year since 2004 on a voluntary basis, sharing any money we make with other voluntary associations.

Amongst the photographers who made it to the final of’s monthly challenges, Plateform is inviting Julien Legrand, Elaine Vallet and Maxime Alembik. is a site about photographic expression. It enables amateur photographers to express themselves on given themes. Every week, the captain of the site sets up a photographic challenge. Members participate by entering a maximum of 5 photos. These photos are then submitted to the review, evaluation and commentaries of peers from the community. These exchanges of views allow members to progress and share a common passion: photography. tries to show, via these challenges or via forums or interviews, that amateur photographers have talent too. The page dedicated to virtual exhibitions presents the best photographers from the site.

« Lire dans les marches » JULIEN LEGRAND © (Theme : Reading Break)

« Washington » ELAINE VALLET © (Theme : Mountains landscape)

« Transgression » Maxime Alembik © (Theme : The Forbidden)


INTERVIEW Could you explain how this serie of drawings came to life? This is the story of a trip. A trip in Asian and Eastern cities. In 1997, I went on a trip with a friend of mine, architect just like me. We had just graduated and all we wanted was to quench our thirst to discover new things, just like everyone else. We wanted to bring back our memories by drawing, photography, writing and sound, like a personal and sensitive reading of three mythical countries : three countries of Islam belonging to three distinct geographical and cultural areas. The African megalopolis of Cairo ; the Mediterranean metropolis of Istanbul; the holy town and former Soviet republic of Bukhara. They are part of the legendary silk road. We found refuge right in the middle of these oasis cities, along the main streets with the commercial activities, the bazaars and the religious poles. These historical axes reflect the breaks and continuities of civilizations and societies. They are the place where people meet and exchange living traditions, confined in a urban and architectural heritage which kept its deep roots in space and time. This serie of drawings of Bukhara is a small excerpt of this huge trip. It was shown at the Espace Bourdon in the Paris City Hall, then at the Galerie Expert, and finally in a private studio at Ivry-sur-Seine. Before our departure, we got different kinds of grants to subsidize our trip. In return, we had to show our work. Why that choice of the quill, in particular? We were leaving for six months at least, with just a few clothes and lots of material: sketchbooks, pencils, markers, my Nikon FM2 with a huge amount of 24x36 WB and colour films, and a DAT to capture sounds. We didn’t even know if that would be enough. We reached Bukhara after a four-month trip. The markers had dried, the material was temperamental ; I only had an old broken quill and a drop of black ink that I had with me without really knowing why. The quill was not a choice, but yes necessary so I could go on drawing. I liked the first drawing, and it was the first one of a serie and the last ones of our trip.  You’re initially an architect... Yes I am. Besides, we had to cling to themes we had a true passion for and knew deeply: architecture and town. Everytime we were staying at least a month in the same town, the first thing we did was going to the town planning city department to get the land registries of the historical centers. We would use them for a systematic photographic work along the main axis of the town on which, in Islamic cities, mosques, madrases, caravanserais and bazaars spring out. What does drawing bring to you? As an architect, drawing is the tool number one for the conception of our work. And yet, most of the architects – including myself – don’t draw by hand anymore but use their computer. As far as I’m concerned, drawing has always been linked to travelling. It’s an extraordinary way to meet people. The time of a drawing is different from the time of a picture; people come and bring me a stool, children come by, I hand them a piece of paper, I enjoy a cup of tea. Drawing gives tone and rhythm to the trip.  Any new project? Any trip? Next trip : India. A family trip. We are taking our ten-years-old son with us. He’s mad about drawing too. We haven’t determined our itinerary yet, but I know our bags will be full of sketchbooks. As for the pictures, I’ll take my 6x6 with me: a smaller camera, much more suitable for me.



« OBAMANIA » Adé Adjou INTERVIEW of the producer/composer/lyric writter Tony Jazz


OBAMANIA How did you conceive this serie? It came to my mind during a trip to Miami. I found this little Obama figurine. I wanted to share this particular, symbolic and historic moment. It was beyond all expectations. And people played the game... I started to take pictures of my family, then my friends, and then, in the twinkling of an eye, everyone wanted his own picture with Obama... The buzz around him was so huge. Martin Luther King’s dream has come true. Of course, everyone wanted to take part in it! Is Barack Obama a source of inspiration? Being myself biracial, I wanted to believe as much as possible. But everything is possible in the United States, for better or worse… This is the American paradox. I guess 24 really foretold what was going to happen : David Palmer has shown us the way! Obama is more than a source of inspiration, he’s an amazing perspective for our future. « Yes we did »

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INTERVIEW What are the origins of this song? This song is my own way to participate. As I cannot vote in the American elections, it was a way for me to get involved, it was my own kind of spoke in the wheels. Not since Martin Luther King, Che Guevara and others have we seen people who can move things forward, who can gather others around them and share the same message: Peace and Hope, and especially not in the lawless world of politics. I created this song to prove that some dreams are still attainable, if we really work at it. I am quite happy to see that many people have understood that it is not about a political message I wanted to send across, but the symbol of the realization of a common dream. How difficult was it? Many tried to dissuade me from making this song, saying that I shouldn’t take sides, that I am a musician and not a politician. Once the song was created, I ran into copyright problems that nearly stopped everything. Luckily there is an American law that states that the image of a politician can be used without infringing copyright law because they are public figures.  Others accused me of doing it for the publicity, or that the White House had commissioned the work. It hurt me to think that my message could have been badly perceived or understood by some people… But then again, you can’t please everyone. Is this video part of a broader project? “Yes, to meet Obama and to ask him what he thinks about the both of us singing in a duo!” (laughter). Actually it is on the cards sometime this year, with the help of my friend Cyril Lichan. He can carry out everybody’s dream (see We have someone in the White House and we are trying to organize a meeting this year, while Obama is on an official visit in France. My dream would be fulfilled then. Your choice... Contrary to what you may think, I am not pro Obama because he is the first black president of the United States. I am pro Obama because of who he is and what he represents, as he said it himself in his inaugural address: “Our history is different, but our destiny is the same (…) . To those who are skeptical and would  spread doubt, I say we will defy you and to those who would bring peace and safety, I say we will encourage you”. I was in front of the TV when I heard these words and I was really taken by them, they brought tears to my eyes. They really touched me. Obama represents... Obama represents or is the best of ALL that is still possible to achieve in a world, contrary to whatever they say.



« PLURI-ELLES » Sonia Chabas INTERVIEW of the illustrator Stéphanie Turan


PLURI-ELLES What is your photographic work about? I’m fond of photography since forever. My mother came with me for my professionnal trainings and was waiting for me in the car all day long. I spend hours in the lab with loud music, but I have doubts, one day I put my camera away in a closet and shut down the lab, I didn’t take anymore photographs. I bought disposable cameras when I travelled. A few years later, I found back my Mamiya by accident, I developped this «abandoned» reel and it brought back memories, I found the pictures pretty... It triggered something again and I took my camera back. I Work in photography, more in «still life». I always think of an image and I take a lot of pictures outside my work. I like to see the work of others, there are a lot of good photographers. One day at an exposition, I’ve been very moved by a photo took by Mario Giacomelli, a Tuscany landscape, a little piece of fabric hang to a wire... So simple and so beautiful... This serie is all around the woman, women... It’s a need to tell stories without any words. «Photography is writing with the light». Each can interpret it in his own way, from the beggining to the end of the story... It’s an emotion, a gesture and the light creates the atmosphere, the path it takes. Do you have any projects you’re working on? I have an exhibition at the Virgin café in Marseille until March 30th. I also make collage on salvage boards. I should be doing a serie of photos with a female dancer soon and I want colors. But I would like to keep learning, having doubts, be full of emotions and take many photographs... I thank Carine and all of PLATEFORM MAGAZINE team for their talent and work.


INTERVIEW Exhibition planned at the Café Bonnie in Paris - 9, rue des Récollets, with a private view on the 1st of April. Your academic background? I graduated from a design college (the PIVAUT School in Nantes) and I have been working in luxury packaging (perfume, make up, alcohol) for five years. I am also a freelance illustrator. What techniques do you use? I do my illustrations with my graphic tablet on my Mac. Your inspiration... I am a great fan of Ray Caesar, Mark Ryden and I adulate Egon Schiele. When I am working on something I usually listen to PJ Harvey, Nick Cave or even Portishead, which can be a bit of a headache for people around me. A sense of femininity... That is what people say when they see my work. Your projects... The near future will be about an album cover for an electro band and an exhibition at the Café Bonnie in Paris (private view on the 1st of April). I would love to work for a brand of clothing, jewelry, bags or shoes, to illustrate a whole collection would be ace. Or even create a few models, that’d be even greater I think.



« ARRIÈRE-COUR » Estelle Dougier INTERVIEW of the clothes designer Marine M. Goss


ARRIÈRE-COUR How and why did you become a photographer? I started taking pictures when I was a child with my first own camera – a little automatic. Then for my eighteenth birthday I was given a Nikon reflex camera, but I wanted only take pictures of my friends and my family during holidays... At that time, I was only interested in photography as a viewer. I read lots of magazines, go to expositions, but never thought about becoming a photographer. My passion for photography and my urge of expression through it both sprung up in New York. I left for Big Apple to study and there I started thinking about photography as a real artistic culture. After that, I decided to take classes at the International Center of Photography – every night and on weekends for a year. Then I bought my actual camera – an old second-hand Hasselblad. This is how it started and I have never stopped ever since! How did you conceive this serie of pictures? Generally speaking, I’m really attracted to childhood and its atmosphere – and all the memories linked to it. I once had the idea – and I don’t really remember how – to take some pictures in an old attic where people could bring back memories of fleeting moments through antique toys and forgotten items... I like this kind of place, a little bit close, nostalgic and poetic at the same time. Any project in hand? Oh yes, I always have something in hand! But I don’t like to talk about new projects in advance. For some superstitious and stupid reasons... I always fear revealing a project too early it might interfere with its achievement.

M A R I N E M. G O S S

INTERVIEW How your vocation WAS born? Wow, that’s a great question... Ha, I was kind of called by my calling!  Let me explain: my dad was a kid’s clothing designer and my mom was the chief editor in charge of Fashion and Beauty for some of Paris’ biggest fashion magazines. My summer holidays were spent on the ELLE Magazine’s photo shoots surrounded by Toscani, Bensimon etc...  It was the roaring 90’s when everybody was talking about the models (they even became “super” at that time!) and my buddies were Naomi, Cindy and Claudia... Pretty cool, no?  Well, I was 10 years old!  I think the question I heard most growing-up was “So what are you going to do in Fashion when you’re older?”. What are your sources of inspiration? First and foremost, LOU-ANDREA, my daughter! Otherwise, what I like the best is not having to choose... It might be music, paintings, pictures, books, movies, tv and even advertisement, anything is an excuse to think, imagine and to have fun!  More specifically I’m drawn to the work of Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, Mel Ramos, Max Ernst or Banksy for instance. I admire Guy Bourdin, Philippe Hallsman, Man Ray or Lee Miller.  Bookwise, my heart definitely belongs to the 19th century’s authors, my favorite book of them all is  J.K.  Huysmans’ “Against Nature”. Barbey d’Aurevilly (think Dandyism and the decadents!), Cioran and Francois Mauriac are amongst my favorites as well.  But there’s so many... I think the main idea is to always be open and looking at what’s around as you never know where the best ideas will sprout from.  Also, for Angelic Genius there’s nothing that I like more than a popular icon that everybody will recognize and that we’ll smartly twist adding a bit of humor and fashion. What’s THE philosophy OF the brand? Angelic Genius aims at the daddy fond of rock’n’roll, the fashion mummy or friendly people fan of art and design around them as well. Angelic Genius gives a voice to children from 3 months old and when they’re unable to speak properly.It’s an nice way for parents with a strong personality to say «Look, he or she’s my portrait already!». We consider parents -and their children- before everything like intelligent people with a great sense of humor coming from the happiness brought by their children and for those children too who came in a loving family and welcoming world. You are clothing children and their moms... How is it like? Awesooome!  No, really...  It’s great!  It’s a certitude too. I never felt so happy or motivated, well except to take care of my daughter Lou-Andrea the sunshine of my life! Also, to be able to do that in Hollywood definitely adds excitement to the experience... I mean when Jen Meyer, Tobey Maguire’s wife emailed me that she’s a fan of the line and that her daughter Ruby wore our “Thank You tee to the point of holes and stains” or when USA Today listed us amongst the things to get for “the baby who has it all” at the time of Suri Cruise’s birth, these are simply amazing moments for a little Frenchy in America! HavING some humor in creation is important? Absolutely! No greater happiness than to have a child, so no way to ternish that with cynism. Angelic Genius Phone / Fax: (310)862-4521 375 Huntley Drive - West Hollywood, CA 90048

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