V is the project of Berlin based Artist and dark-synthwave supernova V.
The multi-instrumentalist held a residency at the Kunsthaus Tacheles 2010-
2011. V’s debut self-titled album was released on cassette via Freudian Slit
in August 2012. V has spent the greater part of the last 3 years touring
extensively with V and other projects (Batalj, Painkillers & the RSK, Friends)
throughout Europe, Australia and America with more European dates planned
for 2013. V plays both solo and accompanied by a revolving band which is currently
the guitar-synth duo Deep Shit. V is also an accomplished photographer, specialising
in fashion and portrature, as well as being the author of 8 tour comics.
2013 has seen V complete at 3.5 week tour of Germany, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland & Sweden with Batalj, as well as the
video for ‘No Return’ being nominated for the annual Berlin Music
Under the moniker “Tofa” – Chris Noelle (*1974) works as multimedia-artist in Berlin. Tofa is a freelancer in the fields of graphic-design, illustration, film, animation, photography, music and projection design.
His explicit skills have led to works for international clients like Sony, Diesel, Smart, T-Mobile, Lacoste, Red Bull and publications in magazines like Vogue, IdN, Die Gestalten Verlag, Page, Art, Streetwear Today and JPeople, shortfilms and animations for Wired UK, IdN and TV-Reports on ARTE TV, ARD and ZDF.
His distinctive style has its roots from a passionate mixture of architecture, urban art, animation and graphic-design. Tofa has the talent of simultaneously joggling between different skills and styles to keep the creative output as interesting and challenging as possible.
Besides his freelancing career, Tofa works as Art Director for the legendary technoclub Tresor since 2007, developing solutions for all multimedia related resorts: delivering graphic-design for campaigns since the beginning, developing the online appearance of tresorberlin.com up to being editor in chief for the club´s own magazine “Tresor.iginal”.
Since 2009 Chris Noelle has worked for Beuth University, teaching film editing and multimedia production for architect master students.
Due to his expert knowledge in visual projections he is in collaboration with software producer Arkaos since 2003. Tofa started visual projections with two VHS decks back in 1999 and grew up with the visual software development over the following decade. Since 2002 he´s performing live visuals and has collaborated with artists like Flying Steps, Theo Parrish, Flying Beggars, Swayzak, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Octave One, Clueso, Miss Dynamite, Marky, Metalheadz, Cristian Vogel, Mike Huckaby, Scan 7 and many others. And he performed on festivals such as UrbanArtForms, Impact Eindhoven, sound:frame, Whisper China, Festival of Lights, just to mention a few.
But let´s go back in time and take a closer look on how everything started, as this story is quiet outstanding from others and reads itself more like a myth:
With the age of 17 Chris started his professional career as extreme-sports-pro in bike-trials, riding competitions, jumping on rocks and battling for international trophies. On the peak of this sports-driven-period, he could look back on countless national titles, 5 years in the Top5 Worldranking and finishing all off with the double Team-World-Champion Title, plus a UCI-Bike-Trials Vice-World Champion Solo Title (1995) and a Guinness-Book record in 1996. This led to attractive sponsoring deals with companies like Chrysler and Scott, having an own fashion-line from his shoe-sponsor Vans. So this was the first crosslink to the graphic world of fashion-design, which appeared a couple of years later to be in main focus of his career.
Besides the sports-career, he started his apprenticeship at Jung von Matt in Hamburg in 1996 to deepen his skills in PR- and advertising-strategies and graphic-design. As this was way to boring for his personal creative approach, he decided to jump on the train of studying fashion-design (1998-2002) with a main focus on CAD illustration and graphic print-designs, before moving back to Berlin in 2002. Since then Tofa is working as freelancer on artistic projects and in collaboration with other artists and clients from different branches of the advertising world.
In 2003 Tofa worked on a streetart documentary and bumped into the world of light-art photography – a longtime-exposure technique that is using lightsources to virtually leave traces within a picture. With a scholarship in Tokyo in 2007 at Tokyo Wondersite Gallery, he jumped onto another level and today, Tofa is one of the world leading artists of this genre. To feature this individual, the portfolio on www.lightwriting.de gives a deeper insight of his lighart works.
By the time he started working at Tresor in 2007, he became co-founder of The Core., a team of and lighting-designers and multimedia-experts who work globally on stage-, interior- and lighting-designs. Tofa is deeply involved in ongoing creative solutions for this company: www.thecoreberlin.com
To resume the multidirectional skills of this artist isn´t that easy but this is what you get if you´re in search of someone with an allover-multimedia expertise: strategic online-development, interface design, streaming expertise, graphic illustration, cover-design, animation, music-clips, trailer-animations, audiovisual content production, film, photography, logo-design, corporate-design and editorial design. Nothing else to mention.
Born in Cologne
Lives and works in Berlin since 1991
My work mainly consists of painting landscapes in oil on canvas. A part
of the picture (mostly the sky) is painted in strong colours with very
high details, leaving the rest of the picture a rough sketch with oil pen
on white primer.
I developed this special technique over the last few years. The
opposition of colour and black-white and the difference in the used
techniques produce a very strong contrast. For the viewer, both parts of
the picture unite in a confusing way.
The viewer quickly begins to fill the white spaces with his or her own
colours and the frail hints of landscapes are filled with his memories,
transferring my painting into a very personal and intimate image.
working and living in berlin since 1997. as photographer,painter,musician,writer, doing installation and sculptures,and experimental design.
one of the core ideas going through my work is improvisation, based on proper research,thinkin,insight,connecting the visible with the invisble,looking into the nature of reality.i see myself in the tradition of art in that sense, that i think its important to question life,to think,and develope the
human abilitys on all levels and work for understanding and create awareness to the complexity simplicity and beauty we can find on this planet.we are able to grow into a true human beeing if we can dream,and focus.everyone emerged from the same source like anyone and anything else.as the latest researches in the field of quantum mechanics proove, behind the material world is a deep web of infinite relations in between processes throughout anything that is known so far. thus we have to give up the idea of a static knowledge,and the idea of a describable reality.
even more, multiple realitys have to be verified through observation,and accepted. talk in between subjective recipients is one way to find a common ground. building reality.beein part of the mysterios dream. to happen.in the end silence is a very easy approach. yet i like to talk in order to share .everyone can be student as well as teacher.
thus we are all really deeply connected, and need to be rememberd to our true nature, the qualitys of understanding, sharing,and experience the bliss of human existence,and the love and complete acceptance of diversity in the cosmic creation the individual approach is limited not only by the sensory perception,but also through education,cultural identity,and subjective filters, that can block a wider perception of the general process and happening. its necessary to work for global peace,and a sustainable future with no exploitation and artificial boundarys. art is just one way to express this.
get in contact if u are interested in any of my ideas or artwork.
Dylan Bakker was born with a hernia in Southern hemisphere June 1983. Following religious and academical experiments he turned to artput. These days he is an inter-disciplinary agent using various means to express his ideas about the known and unknown universe. He co-operates screen print label Lysergic, record label Rangi Recordings, video production company Sumone Productions and is the publisher of Mouth Zine.
Recently he made a solo screenprint exhibition GRIDLOCKED at Friedrichshain’s Serigraffeur gallery. Currently he is working to remain current.