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ADAM CSOKA KELLER
If you could be whatever you want, what would you be?
I’d probably choose to be a green screen suit, this would allow me to morph into anything.
Can you talk about your 5 favourite habits?
– The moment the airplane lifts off the ground I reflect on what I left behind…
– The moment when the airplane lands I prepare myself for a new start.
-I need to disappear from time to time!
-I start my day with Yoga.
– I end my day with Meditation.
A statement or a maxima that describes you.
Visibility is a trap.
Do you feel in love?
Of course I do! I am very much in love with all the incredible people I have around me with whom we have grown so much in life and in our creative practice. My work is almost never a one man’s show and that’s why you need to give love to receive love back!
Why have you chosen to develop a career in the world of moving image?
I remember the moments of closing myself in the attic of my grandparents house every summer with my best friend. We would use that attic as our canvas or set and all the dusty Soviet artefacts as our props to build a story. I never chose a career in moving image somehow I ended up here through many years of experimentation with different roles on set. Somehow I still find it surreal it lead me all the way here! I try to channel that inner child still playing in his grandparents attic when I face a difficult situation on set that’s what takes me to a safe and comfortable place in my mind.
Which director is a source of inspiration for you?
Kubrick / Lynch / Tarkovsky / Jodorowsky each of them has a different element of genious-ness !
What do you think about the relation between Fashion and Cinema? In what way do you think fashion films could help both industries?
I think of fashion-film very much as a medium that breaks the rules of traditional film-making which allows for visual artists to step in from any background, respond to their concepts in a anti-narrative form without necessarily having previous experiences in moving image. The fashion world is definitely one of the larger motors in the fast paced machine we are living in. It constantly morphs and adapts itself to employing experimental techniques not only in the design and production but explores contemporary technologies in the ‘’relatively new’’ field of Fashion Film. We are planning a collaboration with the Berlin based Synthetic studio this year, hoping to explore the possibilities of the 3D technologies, not necessarily to achieve visual perfection, but rather explore and celebrate technical errors while pursuing digital surrealism.
Look back at your past experiences: do you have a particular job or story to share with us?
The starting point for each of my films is an absolute obsession about a concept or an idea, that means I need to feel every personal project getting right under my skin If I feel the idea hasn’t infected my mind fully, I know I am still floating on the surface. Our latest film DIVA has allowed me to go deep with my research and meet incredible people on the way. The film explores extremes of gender performance, enacting a space where the drag bar diva and the opera house diva share the same skin. It is a surreal queer fantasia on classical music, including Baroque iconography, and scandalous first-century verse with an originally composed aria based on an ancient text by Ovid.
The cast consists of primarily LGBTQIA+ actors and musicians and process of gathering research through the intimate moments we shared on and off set have left an incredibly strong impact on me. I have to say if each and every one of the unique characters in this film would be in charge of ruling this world, I promise you we would be living in a better place.
Do you have a special figure, a company or a group you would like to meet and work with?
Arca / Sevdaliza / Fecal Matter on a larger personal project this year. I feel their aura is incredibly unique and their aesthetic is very progressive! I can sense their work comes from a very honest place.
How do you see yourself in 10 years?
Obsessed, curious and hopefully as motivated as I am now.