Uwe Heine Debrodt: Creating Organic Visual Art
This month, Miami Living features visual artist Uwe Heine Debrodt. With a distinct creative style, Uwe specializes in an array of digital art including video, electronic music, gifs, animation and more.
Uwe Heine Debrodt has participated in different art festivals around the world including Argentina, Austria , Brazil, Colombia, Costarica, Equato, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States, Serbia and Venezuela. He has performed electronic live sets at The Alameda Art Laboratory and the Rufino Tamayo museum.
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HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY AFFECT YOUR WORK ?
Technology is very important in the production of all spheres of art. The artist must always be studying the management of software to have the tools and the techniques to be able to improve the work and express it properly, always trying to experiment and innovate.
However, technology is only a tool and does not solve all the technical or training voids. I think that in some cases this has been abused, leading to works without spirit or value. So we must remain cautious.
WHAT OTHER FORMS OF ART INFORM YOUR WORK?
My experience in plant studies provided me with ideas about what I wanted to show in my pieces, which was to emulate organic forms and structures in nature. I replicate from the micro to the macro and everything they represent, like the golden mean that connects these universes.
The medium that has suited me best to represent these shapes has been painting and ceramic sculpture. For years, I have been creating this style of plastic work, and for the time being I’m interweaving photos of my sculptures with 3D environments. When I make a video art production I always do the sound part myself, so I’m involved with technologies to create music and I have ambient electronic and experimental projects such as Apeiron 432.
WHAT WAS THE WORST REACTION YOU HAVE HAD TO YOU WORK?
My general subject in my plastic works are organic forms and textures. I’ve come to the conclusion that most people are afraid of nature (I see it when they spray their gardens in an absurd and constant way, same for the indifference of destroying the natural environment). I think a big part of this fear is the total disconnection with society in a natural environment. Same with the gifs I make or photographs I take with similar subject matter.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF YOUR WORK HAS BEEN A SUCCESS?
If I'm finished with a plastic or audiovisual piece, I like it in every aspect. Then it is already successful without hearing what everyone else has to say about it. Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that other people like it too or if they’re selected to be presented in festivals.
HAS YOUR WORK EVER GOTTEN YOU INTO A DANGEROUS SITUATION?
I think the dangerous situation in general is to stop creating, to have a more stable economic situation. In Mexico, the situation is more difficult than in other places. Here a lot of galleries want to squeeze your money out of you by asking you to pay them for presenting your work, the more serious ones just want to present already recognized artists. The scholarship program for art is corrupt because only a few can get them and they’re friends with the people in charge of giving them.
WHAT CAN’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT?
When I leave home even if it’s just to the corner I always take my camera because you don’t know what might happen. Especially because everything I’ve seen on various occasions, shooting things in the sky that have no other explanation than being Unidentified Flying Objects. I always look up to the sky!
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