Kalena Leo is a young and extremely talented young photographer from Switzerland, now living in Berlin. Recently, I was asked to be part of her simple yet mesmerizing photo series FACES, a collection of neutral close-up portraits in front of a black background. The photo above is the result of a very relaxed and spontaneous shoot between morning run and coffee break. And I’m very happy with it. Make sure to check out her work, or better: Hire her!
As some of you might know, sometimes I do the robot. Sometimes, I do it at trade fairs. And sometimes, someone is even filming it. At this year’s Interpack trade fair in Germany, someone not only filmed me doing the robot. He also edited it, added some kick-ass dubstep and uploaded it to YouTube. Crazy world. Cool video. Enjoy!
Here are some impressions of my Love Duet performance at the Yuma Bar in Berlin. Each month, a group of young Berlin mime artists organizes a silent theater show called “Wurmpüree Deluxe” (‘Mashed Worms Deluxe’), and in January, Katja and I were invited to be part of the show. Katja also hosted the Mafia themed evening as an old gangster bride, I played my favorite solo “A Short Moment of Happiness”, and as big highlight we performed our beloved duet. It was a fantastic event with a packed venue and lots of warm feedback. Make sure to check out the beautiful bar and this very unique event, if you ever make it to Berlin.
Photos by Óscar Bärbosa
2014 will be a year of quite a few new projects for me. And for one idea, I really need a space suit. But no flimsy carnival costume. A real one, or at least a real-looking one. The more complete the better, with helmet, boots, gloves, maybe backpack. And it doesn’t matter, if it’s from Russia or the US. It can be modern or vintage, new or used.
“Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.”
I absolutely love projection mapping. But this video, folks, is next level shit. And since there are robots involved and not a single word is spoken, it fits perfectly to my blog. Enjoy the watch! And if you wanna know more about the project, make sure to visit the creator’s website.
This just came in via email. A few weeks ago, Dirk Jung aka DIOK, a very talented graphic designer originally from my birthplace Grossenhain and now living in Hamburg, asked me if he can create a digital drawing of me and the Metroccolis Man Machines. And above, you can see the beautiful result. Silent Rocco and his robots. Even better in full size. I hope you like it as much as I do. And if so, check out DIOK’s website or hunt him down on Facebook.
The wish is existing for many years, I’m seriously planning it now for more than half a year, and this late summer it’s finally supposed to happen: I want to move into a motorhome. Right, not only for some short holidays, I want to live in it. For how long, if for half a year, one or five years, I don’t know yet. Time and practice will tell. But just talking about it is pointless. I need to get such a thing, my heart is calling. Loudly!
I’ve got some fantastic friends who have been living this alternative for a while now, enjoying it to the fullest. And those guys – greetings to Lukas and Merlin – gave me deep insights on the pros and contras of taking this step. And the pros clearly won. Therefore, now or never! Read more
Watch Antoni Maiovvi’s “Darkroom” & “The War of Self Defense”, two beautiful music videos (with me in it)
You know about those stories where one thing leads to another. This is a perfect example. Let me try to make it short. In 2012, I went to Tokyo to be part of an indie film shoot for a sci-fi film that’s currently still in production. There I met Jon Britt, the director of photography for this film, who was also responsible for a horror short at the same time. Coming back from Tokyo, I then got asked to play the role of the killer in that short, which has become a little festival sensation throughout the last year. Yellow led me to some amazing festivals in Dresden, London and Sitges and the film is still on the loose. Ryan Haysom, the second director of Yellow next to Jon, then teamed up with the equally talented Timmy Lee to shoot a music video for Antoni Maiovvi who was responsible for the amazing soundtrack of Yellow. And again, I was lucky enough to perform a small part in it. “Darkroom” was born. Read more
In 2012, I already had the chance to send the Metroccolis Man Machines to Hannover to perform for the Ministry at their huge CeBIT booth. We had tons of fun and our robot was a real crowd magnet. People were cueing to get close.
2013 arrived and we got asked to perform for the same client again, since the first round was that successful. So, we charged our batteries and went to Hannover. This time, we were even more free and could use the whole booth as our playground. And we did! Handing out pills to visitors, riding spinning bikes, gaining attention at the welcome desk, working as a survey bot equipped with a tablet loaded with questions, spreading vouchers or simply being a great subject for photographers and cameramen; there was a lot to do. Read more
SmirkMasks and Metroccolis invite you to the
great great great absolutely amazing and outstanding 1st FREAXED OPEN! We will meet on 09.09.2012, 2 PM at the Flugfeld Tempelhof for a nice BBQ and MASQUERACE (200m 1on1 shootout)! Submissions for the race till Friday 7th – races will start around 3 PM. The winner will become world-famous and will win an original BTTB BoneBar©! Read more
( *no guarantees, but worth a try though )
- filmaton | cool video production team
- Marie Elisa Scheidt | great filmmaker
- Metroccolis | my performance company
- Mime Pop Culture | German mime blog
- SmirkMasks | unique handmade masks