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Reinhard Bock


(A DVD-R package
wrapped in a paper sleeve
built from a
egg tempera on watercolour cardboard, 18 x 44cm)

DVD package including ANGELIK RIEMER's gouache
DVD package from aboveDVD package close-up

(special numbered and signed premiere edition of 20)

This DVD holds two videos:

Part 1


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This short was videographed in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2010

Compact synopsis:

This 17 minutes short documentary shows the production of
a hieroglyphic drawing by
Yokohama based Japanese artist


We see KOSHU driving from his home in Tsunashima near Yokohama
to Yoga where his tennis club is situated and he tells us a bit
about the Tokyo region he lives in
KOSHU explains in which tradition he has chosen his

(artist name)
This explanation closes with some short cut-ins of tennis strokes
  linking his favorite sports to his favorite art
the calligraphy or hieroglyphic drawing

Doing a series of hieroglyphic drawings titled
(Wind and Thunder),
KOSHU is filling the paper with powerful brushstrokes
and he is telling us how his emphasis on calligraphy started and
how his work as an creative director
in an advertising company
goes well together with being a calligrapher

The work with the brush is completed by
using an

a personal signature stamp
carved by KOSHU
after an ancient chinese letter
a tiger

We watch the sweat driving print of the stamp
while KOSHU tells us about the idea behind an
signature stamp
especially the one
he is using.

Part 2

butterfly stroke

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This short also was videographed in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2010

Compact synopsis:

This 30 minutes short documentary shows

in interview with

Aoki is graphic designer and creative director
at his company

We see Aoki in his office, his exhibition and show rooms
during a walk in his favorite living and working environments
and finally at the barber

At first
Aoki guides us through a small exhibition of his latest works
where he tells us how a "character" is developed
his company is in the character license business

and he reflects
the importance of those typical Japanese model series of
manga and TV series for his work
and yes
he is collecting them in all varieties and sizes
to remind him how complex and multiple
a design task may be
and that there is always more than one way
to come up with a solution

Next to

Copet® is a trademark of Seijiro Kubo / butterfly · stroke inc.

a character developed for a
Coca-Cola® ad campaign

we get to know about a character called

Kami-Robo® is a trademark of Tomohiro Yasui / butterfly · stroke inc.

(best translated by "paper robot")
a series of little wrestler figures made of wire and paper,
invented by TOMOHIRO YASUI
which Aoki wants to become prototypes for real wrestlers in an event Mexico

This is told while he is sitting on the barber chair

He explains his motives and pitfalls to become a designer
and how Tokyo and specifically the quarters where he was raised
and where he lives and works in have influenced his forthcoming as a designer
and which role tradition and reflection of the own life is playing
to come out with these specific characters he is dealing with

Reinhard Bock, June 2011

These two videos were premiered
on September 9, 2011
at Z-Cinema Berlin

"butterfly stroke" was programmed for

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