There is more to Tristan Schultz’s work than meets the eye. This intelligent and well-educated artist seeks to provoke deeper thought amongst his audience about the heavier issues that are plaguing the world at large.
Q: Tell us a little about your background
I worked in the surf industry for 8 years as an artist, designer and eventually design manager for Billabong Accessories. Creative and compelling design processes, critically informed by ecological and social responsibilities are what I aim to achieve. I am currently leading a double life, running RelativeCreative design studio and guest lecturing undergraduate design and design theory courses.
Q: You’re involved with the Longest Wave exhibition, how would you explain the installation you’re working on without giving too much away?
The project is called Kartogrifa In-Flux. Kartogrifa In-Flux is about thinking, talking and building alternative pasts-futures. The project follows a cartographer’s mind in 1788 as he struggles with his values and other ways of seeing the world.
Q: What does surfing and coastal culture mean to you, and how connected do you feel to the coast?
The coast, ocean and waves provide smooth and unobstructed space that we can turn to anytime through simply turning to the East. By doing this, we can disconnect from the structured, rigid, bordered space of our urban society that clutters our minds. It gives me a sense of true openness and freedom to move.
Q: What aspect of Bleach* are you most looking forward to?
The diversity of events Bleach* offers. How people from many different perspectives and backgrounds can come together and view their familiar events but also immerse themselves in cultural interaction they might not otherwise be exposed to!
Q: Where else can people see your work?
My websitehas a selection of my current work.