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March 24th, 2015

THE STIMULEYE is a creative workshop specialized in fashion, luxury, culture and music imagery.

THE STIMULEYE does everything from creative consulting & development, to film direction & production.

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December 2nd, 2016

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paris is dead – creation generations

December 2nd, 2016

In the late 1980’s Irene Silvagni fought for new generation of talent until she had to face a tough choice – sell-out or pack-up.

(Hint: she didn’t sell-out).

Fast-forward to today.

Can Paris still give talent a chance, can there a new creation generation ?

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.
Styling by Rogelio Burgos.

Hair by Panos Papandrianos @ CLM.
Make-up by Yannis Siskos @ Airport.
Production assistant Marion Louapre.

Models: Nadine Strittmatter @ Next, Zoe Alayrangues, Paul L @ Rockmen, Timothée @ M Models, Florentin @ M Models.

Clothes by Drome, Icosae, Koché, Léa Peckre, Neith Nyer and Y/Project.

Special thanks to Versae @ Next, Adrianna @ Rockmen and Guillaume @ M Models.

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Scandal at Wikipedia

November 21st, 2016

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Rocky – Soft Machines

September 23rd, 2016

Label G.U.M. and The Stimuleye present
Rocky’s first album “Soft Machines”,
out October 21, 2016.

Photography by René Habermacher.
Art Direction by Antoine Asseraf.

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ROCKY SOFT MACHINES Cover Atwork by René Habermacher.

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ROCKY SOFT MACHINES Artwork by René Habermacher.

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ROCKY SOFT MACHINES Artwork by René Habermacher.

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ROCKY SOFT MACHINES Artwork by René Habermacher.

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ROCKY SOFT MACHINES Artwork by René Habermacher.

styling: Rogelio Burgos
make-up: Min Kim @ Airport
nails: Hiro @ Jed Root
hair: Chiao Chenet @ Airport
retouching: Dimitri Rigas
production: The Stimuleye

Pre-order CD & VINYL of “Soft Machines” from Fnac here.
Watch Rocky’s “Chase the cool” music video by The Stimuleye from their first EP here.


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paris is dead – eat fuck pray

December 16th, 2015

Food. Friends. Lovers. Family. Music. Beauty.
It’s time to focus on the essentials.

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Conducted by René Habermacher.
Transcribed and edited by Edward Siddons.

Photography by René Habermacher.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger.

Hair by Marc Orsatelli.
Make-up by Ismael Blanco.
Production assistant Marion Louapre.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.

All looks by Kenzo.

Special thanks to Jirawat Maan Sriluansoi and the Kenzo team.

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PARIS IS DEAD SEASON 2 TEASER

December 1st, 2015

PARIS IS DEAD IS DEAD.
VIVE PARIS IS DEAD.

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Photographer: René Habermacher
Model: Nadine Strittmatter @ Next
Hair: Yuji Okuda
Make-up: Min Kim @ Airport Agency
Manucure: Aurélie Chevalier

Dress: Filep Motwary
Sandals: Giambattista Valli

Production: The Stimuleye

Thanks to Versae Vanni @ Next.

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paris is dead – THE 7 RABBIT LIVES OF MR. KAWAHARA

June 29th, 2015

IT STARTED THE MOMENT HE LANDED.

ON THE CHARLES DE GAULLE RUNWAY, WHITE RABBITS.

FROM THAT PRECISE MOMENT ON, SHINSUKE KAWAHARA’S OBSESSION WAS SET IN MOTION.

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Conducted by Antoine Asseraf, René Habermacher, and Suzanne von Aichinger.
Transcribed and edited by Edward Siddons.
Photography by René Habermacher.
Illustration by Shinsuke Kawahara.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.

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paris is dead – in bloom

May 13th, 2015

Louis Benech is the landscape genius behind the Tuileries gardens, high place of both culture and cruising.

Benech now takes on Versailles, bringing contemporary art to the sun-king’s domain with his new design for the Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau [Water Theater grove], featuring an installation by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne Von Aichinger.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.

Transcription by Marion Louapre.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.

Shot at Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau, Chateau de Versailles, opening May 12th 2015.

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paris is dead – deep purple

May 5th, 2015

The fashion fantasies of Jun Takahashi, mastermind of the Undercover label, always seem to tell us a story.

Like a phoenix in reverse, Undercover’s haunting impression inspired writer Ingrid Astier to write a short exclusively for Paris is Dead – ‘Deep Purple.’

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne Von Aichinger, all looks by Undercover.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.
Production by Agathe Rousselle, assisted by Marion Louapre.
Colour management by Dimitris Rigas.

Portrait of Ingrid Astier: Hair by Philippe Mensah @ L’Atelier(68) / Make-up by Min Kim @ Airportagency.
Undercover: Starring Tako @ Next / Hair by Marc Orsatelli @ Agence Aurelien / Make-up by Min Kim @ Airportagency.
Special thanks to Versae Vanni, Jun Takahashi, Chieri Hazu, Hiromi Otsuka, Giorgio Martinoli, Hôtel Saint Merri, La Perouse, Alice Revet.

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paris is dead – killer heels

March 24th, 2015

“Heels are dead,” they’ve been saying.

His heels are not dead, they’re just beyond life.

These are killer heels we’re talking about.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne Von Aichinger, with Louboutin shoes.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.

Interview by Antoine Asseraf & Suzanne von Aichinger.
Transcribed by Marion Louapre.
Translated by Ed Siddons.

Starring Agathe Rousselle and Charles Boutheloup.
Grooming by Debora Emy @ Airport Agency.
Special thanks to Colette Lacoste, Valérie Marcou and Galerie Jeanroch Dard.

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paris is dead – bordello valentine

March 15th, 2015

Museums, monuments, shopping… scratch that. Once upon a time, Paris’ number one attraction used to be its bordellos.
Enter Thierry Schaffauser, sex worker, thinker, activist and author of “Les luttes des Putes”, ‘The struggles of whores.’

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Interviewed & edited by Ed Siddons.
Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger, assisted by Chafik Chariet and Lahcen Fatah.
All looks by AMI.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.

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paris is dead – bourne to die

March 15th, 2015

Starting at the end of a dirt road in Carolina, passing through a windowless room in San Francisco… Skateboarder-turned-model-turned-writer Scott Bourne was pretty much in the dark about the city of lights.

Now in Paris, he walks among the dead, or with them, as he likes to say.

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Photography & interview by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger, assisted by Chafik Chariet and Lahcen Fatah.
All looks by Berluti.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.
Edited by Antoine Asseraf & Ed Siddons.

Special thanks to Geraldine Nicourt @ Elite Models.

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paris is dead – the horror of vulgarity

March 15th, 2015

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is a nomad, never an exile.
Fearless, incisive and literary, and with 2 recently published books – on Loulou de la Falaise and Christian Dior.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger.
Conducted by Antoine Asseraf, Rene Habermacher, and Suzanne von Aichinger.
Transcribed and edited by Edward Siddons.
Make-up by Min Kim @ Airport. Hair by Philippe Mensah @ L’Atelier (68).
All looks by Gaultier Paris. All jewelry by Nadine Barbey.
Shot in the private salons of Lapérouse, Paris.

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paris is dead – bap-tepr-ism

January 9th, 2015

Welcome to your Paris baptism.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger, with Maison Martin Margiela.
Concept by Antoine Asseraf.
Transcribed by Amandine Flament. Translated by Edward Siddons.
Assisted by Amandine Flament & Ed Siddons.

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paris is dead – wanda bloody nylon

January 8th, 2015

Not just waterproof, but also blood-proof.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styled by Suzanne von Aichinger.
Concept by Antoine Asseraf.
Translated and edited by Edward Siddons.
Make-up by Tiina Roivanen.
Hair by Jean-Luc Amarin.
Model: Lida Fox @ Next Models.

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paris is dead – kill the light / manifesto

January 7th, 2015

Paris was never an easy city.
It has always been more about death than the dolce vita.
What if one of the most obscure, yet Parisian objects you could find was the Borniol ?

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Photography by René Habermacher
Styling by Kanako B. Koga
Concept by Antoine Asseraf
Retouching by Dimitri Rigas.

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PARIS IS DEAD – SOON.

December 1st, 2014

The Stimuleye will soon unveil its new project, PARIS IS DEAD.

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LE SAVOIR-FAIRE

September 29th, 2014

For latest fashion film, we headed to… a Belgian butcher shop.

“LE SAVOIR-FAIRE” by The Stimuleye, a film for Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s #1/2015 collection,
with music by TEPR.


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OLIVER SIEBER – “THE NEW FUCK YOU”

May 19th, 2014

America, Asia, Europe… each continent spawns its own counter-cultures, centered for the most around music scenes. From these subcultures, Oliver Sieber creates an  “Imaginary Club” composed of goths, punks, skins and rockabillies – irrespective of their cultural demarcations. 

About 100 photos define the perimeters of Oliver Sieber’s “Imaginary Club, portraits taken in a makeshift studio of concerts, festivals and in clubs, and juxtaposed with black and white shots of deserted rehearsal spaces, street shots and club entrances. 

Oliver Sieber’s “Imaginary Club” is exhibited at the Villa Noailles in Hyères as part of the 29th International Fashion & Photography Festival, a variation on his most recent book of same title.  While setting up this exhibition, Oliver and his collaborator Katja Stuke spoke to The Stimuleye about the need of upheaval, total erosion of style and dress codes in youth culture and the need to find new forms of expressing positions of identity.

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Oliver Sieber, "Imaginary Club": Exhibition at Villa Noailles, Hyeres

THE IMAGINARY CLUB

The Stimuleye: Who are these people in your “Imaginary Club”?

Oliver: What really interests me is reaction and forms of counter culture.
After WWII, the teenagers in America and England started to discover new forms of music and fashion, new forms of liberation. Many people I met are still in this sort of idea.  Punk is a very good example, because it did have real societal meaning.

That is what is important to teenager culture: upheaval, the struggle to identification, to root themselves. To not only take position against the elder generation, but in general. And that has often to do with music. I am interested in music, and communication of style codes.

The people in my “Imaginary Club” are not always part of a subculture in the classic sense. I have also portrayed artist friends, that, similar to teenagers, are forced to redefine themselves again and again. Here for example is a photo of Rebecca. From a wealthy family, she received always best grades, suddenly something switched in her head. Rebelling against her intellectual parents, she was climbing down the eaves gutters and was not to tame anymore.

 

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Oliver Sieber, "Imaginary Club": Exhibition at Villa Noailles, Hyeres. Right Side: Rebecca

When I look at my work, I understand it as an entry for the viewer, or a window upon which I reflect myself. Often it is not really about what is on the wall or who is depicted, but about the dialogue between the image and the onlooker. That changes from person to person.

The Stimuleye: Looking at the Portraits there are many Punks, Skinheads, Rockabillies.- is there also something a bit like nostalgia?

Oliver: We have a very globalized music culture today. Subcultures developing real novelties is something rather sparse and rare.  Are there really subcultures that result from youth movements? I think it is not like that anymore. It’s more that youngsters try to identify with their role models of choice.

A good example is David Bowie that in the 70’s offered an image of “multi sexual liberation” for many people, also in combination with music and the song texts that bore a poetry and language that people picked up on.  Just because we have 2014 now, his music did not disappear. You can still buy the records and the language still speaks to people who want to identify with it. And as fans do, they associate themselves with this.  I think people living this don’t reflect on what they do, as we look at it. They just do it.

Katja:
There are always new aspects adding up and things get mixed up. So you have a development that can’t be called the “nostalgic”. It may be rooted in a source, and like in this case ideally there is a progression where new aspects ad up.

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Oliver Sieber, excepts from the book "Imaginary Club"

FASHION CODES AND THE INTERNET : THE NEW  “FUCK YOU”

Katja:
Today you often cannot rely on the looks giving an indication on who people are: In Germany you find nazis that look like left anarchist “Antifa” fighters.
That possibly has to do with the internet, where you can communicate your stance or orientation in different ways then through fashion and dress codes.
You also have to react on other people adapting what you personally take serious as a subculture, how they mix your codes, abuse or pervert them.

This makes it sometimes also difficult to determine whom are you following in a protest, where codes are so mixed up, that no one is able to keep up track.
For example in Ukraine its absolutely ambiguous who is protesting with whom recently. Unlike in the past, today it’s hard to determine who is on which side, from demonstrator to counter protester. Now you have young Nazi Hipsters in all black with tight jeans shouldering a jute bag, which really requires more than a second look to recognize what is going on.

In this position you’re forced to find other forms to show your conviction that are different and function without the need of fashion as we had it in the past.
I am sure there are subcultures, but they function really differently, without the involvement of fashion, as the channels are much more multi layered. It’s not about provoking through your look anymore, because nowadays people are not easy to shock. So you have to find other ways and places to put your orientation forwards.

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Oliver Sieber, excepts from the book "Imaginary Club"

Oliver: In Japan a lot of messages get transported through flyers and stickers. This was similar in Los Angeles up until recently, but it changed and is now functioning mainly through hotmail panels. Everyone has a smartphone, no matter to which group you belong. The Cosplay culture for example functions only through the forums in the web. That’s all chat, appointments for conventions and Skype.

Katja:
But the internet is not at all as public as you may expect.
Often it’s very difficult to access a certain online group or forums. There are strict admins that want to know who you are and what you do, and remind you that with access you commit to a regular contribution etc- so you can’t just get in and check out. It’s much easier to go into a bar or a club, even if you have to pass and convince the bouncer.

Oliver:
For example I photographed a young punk who realized how his style had been adapted and declared a trend. He totally changed his appearance to not be associated with this widely publicized new trend. That doesn’t mean though that his anti-ascist conviction or adoration for punk changed at all.

As label and the designers pick up on elements of subculture their message is watered down extremely fast, so you have to have to change your codes again. As Jason (Evans) recently said at the Tate: “The new normal is the new ‘Fuck You,'”, because you can’t be categorized like this anymore.

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Oliver Sieber, "Imaginary Club": Exhibition at Villa Noailles, Hyeres

PROTEST

Oliver:
That there is a new protest culture again is really great. These positions are getting from the internet to the street again, where you suddenly  have to make an effort, as the codes we’re used to don’t work anymore when you can’t diversify between “good” and “evil”, nor recognize “your” or “my” people.

Katja:
At the same time there is also these movements of parallel culture to create an existence and surrounding of some sorts of withdraw, even resigning.
This may be an approach resulting from being overwhelmed by societal developments. Specially in Japan we’ve met people that engage in small initiatives, artistic ones or others that take care of the homeless. There is this movement of “do it yourself” culture where people search for new forms of living for themselves apart from mainstream, norms and social graces, which are less visible.

Oliver:
When visiting Osaka soon for another exhibit, we plan to investigate deeper into this, meet with these “alternative” people that found a totally different life and structure within of Japanese society.
What I found puzzling was that we met many homeless who spoke great English or Spanish, and had lived and worked abroad, but this had lead that they were not fully integrable any more into society, because the’ve been abroad too long and back in Japan landed on the street.

Katja:
I think that also has to do that people with knowledge of languages have access to much more information over the internet for example, and thus are more open to ideas to try a different draft for their life than their parents, because that didn’t work that well either.
Specially as you can’t rely on social securities anymore- it’s not like our parent generation that studied, took a job and continued with a great retirement plan.

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Oliver Sieber, excepts from the book "Imaginary Club"

The Stimuleye: How do you work together?

Katja:
There are varying methods, but at times there are actual connections or a common greater theme and possibilities to juxtapose our work in an exhibition or we publish a book together for example at BöhmKobayashi.

The City of Duesseldorf has provided us with a space we curated for three years where we developed “ANT!FOTO” which was to show exhibitions on positions of photography we feel were missing. As a result we also started a publication the “ANT!FOTO Manifest”  which was a common project of us.

Oliver:
The “ANT!FOTO Manifest”  was a project where we asked 70 photographer and curators to word their statement after a 10 point thesis we created. Initially this was planned only as a magazine, but finally will be shown in the Museum Folkwang as well as going to the
Fotomuseum Winterthur .

The Stimuleye: What is the last thing that stimulated you?

Oliver:
After we talked so much on imagery, I would like to mention something that stimulated me:
when we talked to Frenkie (Bosnian Rapper) while visiting him in Tuzla, i asked him what is “heimat” (homeland) to him.
He said after being a refugee returning from Nuernberg to Tuzla, he realized what he missed: it was the scent of the firing wood that you can smell everywhere in the city. For my senses, apart from sound or music, the smell is very important.

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Oliver Sieber, excepts from the book "Imaginary Club"
Imaginary Club 2005-2012 
432 pages, Offset-Print,
a BöhmKobayashi/GwinZegal Joint
Imaginary Club is running at the Villa Noailles in Hyeres until may 25, 2014
and after that at the Galerie Stieglitz 19 in Antwerpen. Opening May 25, 2014,
further dates are at PhotoBookMuseum from August 19, 2014 and after that the Exhibition will be travelling
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