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Luca Curci talks with pH15 during BODIES the first appointement of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.
pH15 is a platform intended to propose a multidisciplinary approach in the fields of art, design and manufacture. Collaboration and interaction is at the core of each project in order to push the idea of a collective input for a better result. Creative group pH15 was formed in 2014 by students of Textile and Fashion design, University of Ljubljana. Group members (Nika Batista, Vasja Bril, Katja Grčman, Ana Jazbec and Maruša Kranjc) realized that working only in the field of textile/fashion design limited their creativity and decided to take on different interdisciplinary projects, in which they were able to use different media (textile, concrete, metal, as well as photography, video, light, etc.) to convey their opinion on topics that are mainly focused on sustainable design, cultural heritage and social criticism. Their works were showcased on BIO 50, Lighting Guerilla Festival Ljubljana, Month of Design Slovenia, Shirting, just to name a few.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
pH15 – We all come from fashion design background as part of our education. During the studies we explored different sides and concepts of fashion design as well as textile design, product design, interior design, etc. We all share strong view on how our process should develope and a wish for project that connect either interaction from observer to creator or between creators, designers, artist them selves. We see potential in connecting and co-creating as part of our core esthetics.
LC – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?
pH15 – As a group of five creators, our range of expression can variate. Some projects are more strong in concept parts and others in more object form. From installations, fashion collections, exhibitions, interaction installations, light art, etc. But behind all that there is always a strong concept, a social note that we would like to present to the viewer, ether a question or a statement that supports physical form of expression.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
pH15 – There is a lot of strong opinions that need to be represented, but we also see that as our strength. Sometimes the technical aspect needs outside advise, but that also comes with a great appreciation and, like mentioned previously, collaborations between different fields are one of our main pursuits in our work.
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LC – What are you currently working on?
pH15 – We are in concept stage of new project. There will be light, there will be glass, there will be social interaction, there will be an installation.
LC – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?
pH15 – We feel that the role should be strongly connected with society and culture, or maybe we are part of bigger scale. How is that interpreted or visually represented lays in the artists themselves. Our art always has a message, sometimes in more represented in more subtile way and sometimes more straight forward.
LC – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
pH15 – If we create a project that has interactive note, we get a lot of feedback from reactions of visitors, those are really valuable in creating future work. A lot of more in depth opinions comes from conversations after that. All that is appreciated and not taken lightly, we try to incorporate that, but at the same time present us, our vision and our intent.
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LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
pH15 – We think that the concept of festival is a success, because it combines different fields of art and diversity of artists. The fact that our video participated on the festival like this gave us conformation that our work is appreciated and accepted. It inspired us for upcoming projects, to be and to do our best and stay true to ourselves.
LC – Do you think ITS LIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
pH15 – ITSLIQUID GROUP is a great way for artist to show and represent their work to expanded crowd and get feedback. Also a positive side of ITS LIQUID ART AND ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL is that it’s international and placed in Venice during the Biennale Architettura so the range of presented work is even bigger.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
pH15 – Just keep on doing the good work and keep your passion for art.