Volume Three / October 2004 / Copenhagen
Interview with K.Riisholt.
M.L.: Kasper, you participated in the third volume of "The One Weekend Book Series". Tell me about it. How was it?
K.R.: First of all it was a challenge to come up with something, because of the pressure of the unknown, I guess. Unknown; meaning the outcome could be anything. The low-tech approach was a pleasure. I think low-tech ways of working can set you free as a practitioner. These techniques, call it what you want, are much more part of me, as I just got to know computers in high school. Therefore my way of thinking is, to a certain degree, still low-tech. Damn, this sounds very "ooh I'm so basic", but really thatís my experience. Kids growing up now will of course have a different outlook on it. And participating in "The Weekend Book Series" foremost made me think about this.
M.L.: I think being basic is a good thing. To me it means being honest. Could you tell me more about your definition of "low-tech"?
K.R.: Another way of describing low-tech would be: "hands on". What you do is something your body experiences, as well as your mind. In this case a pair of scissors, glue, a felt-tip pen, paper and so on. I also think our current quest for authenticity is part of my enthusiasm for ªlow-tech´. Saying it is more original is very trivial, but I guess a great part of me still considers software applications as a way to cheat. (hearing myself say this I realize this sounds completely idiotic, I am just trying to acknowledge my own prejudices so I can get rid of them, hopefully) Another angle to "low-tech" is nostalgia, it reminds us of a time or place, different from where we are right now.
M.L.: ... handmade graphics as a method for traveling?
K.R.: It almost sounds like an excuse? What about "traveling with handmade graphics"? This is hopefully the readerís experience. I love to collect graphics found or purchased while traveling, I always doodle a lot on the move, so itís sort of natural to mix the two. Itís a must, you havenít been traveling if you havenít tried it, really.
M.L.: How do you experience Copenhagen after having lived there for such a long time?
K.R.: Copenhagen is one of the smaller capitals in Europe what leads to constant annoyance to the ever event-craving creatives here. Of course this is true, but at the same time you can still become surprised at times. Because there are so many talented people living here you can find plenty of inspiration and exchange ideas. I really love Copenhagen, and think itís a great place to live.
M.L.: ... and to visit.