Congratulations for being chosen as Featured Artist for Cosmosys’ 13th exhibition “Overdosed”. Let’s start with telling us a bit about yourself. how did you get in touch with the digital art scene?
INTERVIEWING – JOERI TAELMAN
EXHIBITION XIII – OVERDOSED
Thank you very much, Joakim! Well, I am Joeri Taelman, some may know me by the name ‘joetjuhh’, but most call me Joeri anyway. It’s quite a long story, actually, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I love gaming, so naturally, as a young kid inspired by my brother, I started playing videogames. One of these online games had online communities that also interacted via forums. On these forums, you had these things called ‘signatures’ underneath each post. These signatures were filled with the most awesome graphical ‘tags’. I HAD to make me one of those, so that’s when I started using Photoshop. One thing led to another, and from ‘small art’ I became interested in Photography, thus stepping into ‘large art’. I’ve been photographing since.
Wow okay, and now you’ve been an active and productive member of Cosmosys for over a year now, what is it that motivate you?
It may sound cheesy, but the community really motivates me. That is what defines Cosmosys. I am happy to be able to keep in touch with the artists and connect with them on a personal level as well. Making art together is one of the most fun and inspiring things to do. That’s why I think this Typography Project is not only something unique, but was also a lot of fun (and stressful) to do. I am glad we have a vibrant community that makes these things possible.
Your photograph “In Limbo” is in this exhibition and I was wondering – what was the thoughts behind the photograph?
Thanks for asking. I took this picture when I was in Berlin. This is shot on a commemorial place in honor of the killed Jews. Before going to the place, I knew what was coming, or what type of photograph I wanted. Eventhough the concept I had in mind had no relationship with Judaism (but more with Christianity), the high ‘pillars’ figured perfectly for the scene. I imagine these ‘blocks’ to be the pillars or gates to hell, on the outskirts of heaven. While being there, you are neither in heaven or hell, but in limbo: nowhere. This empty, yet evoking state of mind is what I relate to being overdosed.
That’s quite the story. I got to ask: What are your thoughts about the exhibition and what’s your favorite contributions?
This exhibition is a great example that we have grown quite a bit. Not only in quantity it is bigger, but also in quality we have grown. It is really hard to indicate which are my favorite contributions, as I do like them all, but I am really happy artists like Martin Grohs (Ego ripping), Kuldar Leement (Sunsets with no hope) and our newest artist Pablo Jurado Ruiz (Overdose is coming) could contribute to this pack. But it’s not fair to single some out, because a lot of artists have stepped up their game . I think this is the best artpack we have at this moment.
I’m glad you like the exhibition! Now a question that horrifies most artists: “what do you want to do with your life?”
That is indeed a horrific question to pose before me, haha. At the moment I am a master student studying New Media in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I have NO idea what will come next, and I’ll just take it as it is. I would like to end up in the gaming sector as game researcher, but I am not sure yet. Photography will remain a hobby though. It’s an expensive hobby, but a hobby nonetheless. Sorry for giving such an inconclusive answer, but I am actually glad I don’t know what to do. Wouldn’t it be a bore if everything would have been planned out already?
Yeah, that’s true. And talking about uncertain destinies: Which direction do you feel the digital art scene is going, and what role do you think art collectives like Cosmosys play in it?
That is a tough question to answer as well. I can’t really answer for the other collectives, but it seems like inactivity is a structural problem for a lot of collectives. If this would mean that some collectives will dissappear/merge with each other? I don’t know, that is something for the future to be told. I think Cosmosys is still growing, and with that its importance as well. We are still active with each 3/4 months a pack. That cannot be said of all collectives within the digital art scene.
Thanks a lot for answering my hard questions with lots of insight. We at Cosmosys really appreciate the work you’ve done. Do you have any last thoughts you’d like to share?
Thank you for featuring me! It’s an honor to be featured in such a great pack. Any last thoughts? Go Cosmosys!