Interview: Lina Blomqvist
Luca Curci talks with Lina Blomqvist during LONDON CONTEMPORARY International Art Fair at THE Line Contemporary Art Space
MIOLINI is a audiovisual artist, singer, sound designer, audio and video producer based in Stockholm and Berlin. They are now currently studying music and sound design at Linnaeus University where they have gained experience and knowledge in audio production, audio mixing, recording, sound synthesis as well as creative, theoretical and social aspects of sound. They have also performed an internship at Gwen Torino mixdown studio in Berlin as well as an internship at Montana Cruz, a physical and digital shared space and gallery for projects related to art, music and learning in Berlin. Their audiovisual project started when they started learning sound synthesis nine months ago at university. They started experimenting with sound design and synthesis, audio production in combination with video art and Foley-elements. Which lead to the creation of so far four abstract short films. The creation of these short films has been a way for MIOLINI to express themselves via an art that requires no demands and holds no borders. MIOLINI’s audio/video art has been exhibited in London, Vienna, Leeds and Sofia. MIOLINI has also recently released collaborations with Swedish rapper and producer David Lager.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lina Blomqvist – Art for me is of course a way of expression. Art is a way to step out of your comfort zone, or atleast ease out of it, and to push yourself to do new things, try new methods and materials. We’re raised to be put into little boxes, we’re molded into how to behave, other people try to categorise us by our occupation and many of us never notice any of this happening to us, and we play along. I guess art is a way to try and break out from those molds, from those categories and hopefully inspire and encourage other to do the same.
LC – What are you currently working on?
LB – I’m currently doing my university thesis on the creative process for sound/music producers while the’re performing they same type of task that my video/sound art revolves around. All my art pieces is part of an audiovisual project where the idea is to interconnect the visuals with the audio in a way that they together form a symbiosis. To explore and stretch the limits of diegetic and non diegetic sounds, mixing sounds that directly belong to something visual together with musical and atmospheric elements to create an artificial world. The visuals are in that sense leading the way for the audio to be created. The main mantra for the project is; “What does this image sound like?” Which then means trying to imagine what an image or scene could sound like and then re-creating it from the mind. As of now I’m also working on the next sound/video piece which is “BERLIN Part 2”, I’m also doing vocals for a few Swedish tracks and working on improving my projections.
LC – What is your creative process like?
LB – My creative process starts with planning. Writing down everything I want to create in a piece, every material that I want to work with. As I do this, ideas pop into my head on what I could do. As I start realising these ideas, more ideas come and if I have a good feeling about it, it usually turns out great. Of course every idea needs detail work and revision, and that’s where the creative decisions come in. That’s where I have an opportunity to try new things I haven’t tried before, and I try to do this as much as possible in the details. I have a habit of doing the same old same old, which doesn’t get me anywhere. Every time I try something new it takes me places, I learn something and It’s way more fun to see the results.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
LB – All my artworks are focused around the technical theme mentioned before, interpreting visuals in audio. But the emotional theme is different every time, It’s reflective of a current state of mind I suppose.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
LB – As most creative jobs, It’s not just about one occupation anymore. I do these pieces, but I will do many other things and have many other jobs. Being an artist today is about mixing your interests, learning different skills and combining them to widen your knowledge and experiences. From a different perspective I’d say artists have a opportunity to be seen around the world thanks to our technological advances today, but with streaming services and the yet seemingly unfair payment from these to artists and composers it seems we don’t know yet how it will turn out. I guess being an artist is confusing
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
LB – The theme is cool because it can apply to so many kinds of mediums and art forms, which we also saw in London. It invites all artists to interpret it through their own perspectives.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival‘s theme?
LB – The technical side of my artworks is blending the borders between the visual and the auditory aspects of our experiences, and thereby exploring the structures between the senses. Since my artworks all are somewhat reflective of what I’m doing, what I’m feeling at the moment it also becomes part of the communication system of the body. Some of my pieces are also centered around a city, Berlin, which then continues to explore this concept of borders between mind, body, human identity and the city. My first two pieces being exhibited are called “MOON” Part 1&2, which are just as much technical exploration as self-expression. The third piece being exhibited is called “BERLIN”. “BERLIN” synopsis: BERLIN is reflective of my time and experience in the city. It’s sort of an hommage to this wonderful and twisted community that keeps bringing me forward in life. It’s where I’ve experienced real love, not just romantic, but a different love for life. Just as much as life can be challenging there, it can also be highly rewarding.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
LB – ItsLiquid provides good services for the artists at the exhibitions and in exposure. An improvement for the future would be to have, for the video art, their own description or synopsis in the exhibition venue.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LB – This was my first contact with Its Liquid, and I was very happy to work with you and getting the opportunity to exhibit in London and Vienna. The contact ran smoothly during the whole process and special thanks to Giulia who helped answering all my questions throughout.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LB – I’m also very new to the platform and from what I’ve experienced It’s Liquid works in professional manners, and I’m looking forward to future collaborations.