Robert Sochacki: Interview
LED WORK "Cathedral"
Illustrations for the answers in the interview | Photos: Robert Sochacki
J: How will you work in Hildesheim?
R: In Hildesheim I want to deal with the stories of the middle-age. The last time I was there I saw the market-square and the beautiful buildings and facades around, with polychromic windows. So I though I would like to adapt my work in aesthetics and technic to the style of middle-age. So what can buildings tell us – it’s a little bit similar to the animation I am working on, because, back in the days the building were the background for stories of the people and for the people, everything was presented on the pictures in the paintings. I am thinking about my art like a book from my childhood. It was a fold-out book, like small theatres in front of you, when the pictures become 3D. In Hildesheim it can be also a little like a theatre, with the walls and the stories of the market-square around us. I remember for example the story about the rose. This a story about life, from birth to death.
J: What does it mean to you to exhibit in public space?
R: That’s great, because you are spending the time on a special location. And I think the artist are like guest. So the people who are living there are the owner of the place and I am a guest who is telling a story. A little bit like In the middle-age, when the singers were coming to the market-square and told their stories…
I had a great experience during the SEEDJERBA project in Houmt Souk: I was sitting on the carpet like a desk and working in public space. Also during my work at INTERFERENCE in Tunis, I had a real interaction between the public and the artwork. People were responding with a graffiti to my work on the walls of the Medina.
Here you can see other projects in public.
J: The weirdest / most beautiful / clever feedback you received for you’re work?
R: When I got the audience award in Lüdenscheid 2013. The other prices were given to artists who made a big laser show or an interactive installation. But the audience voted for me, although my artwork was just made by a few slide shows.
What is you’re next work?
It will be less storytelling and more abstract with LED light. You can play more about the effect of light itself when you use LED stripes, you can play with the air in a room, the space and the atmosphere…
The animations are like paintings, but when I work with LED is deals somehow more with the pure light as a medium by itself.
J: What is you’re favourite shadow or darkness?
R: I had one student, here in the academy of arts, who was preparing a light installation. She used the shadow like the light. So she cached the shadow and transformed it into light forms.
J: Why are you coming to Hildesheim?
R: You know, sometimes I feel like a little boy…I saw the market-square and I thought, ok, that is a big challenge for me.