NICOLA FORMICHETTI, KAIMIN, AND MILES ALDRIDGE HAVE EMBARKED ON A BRAND-NEW ART EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND VOLUME OF ZERO ZERO. IT'S A BOOK, A FRAGRANCE, AN EVENT, THE ABOVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOS (PREMIERING HERE ON VMAGAZINE.COM), AND IT'S SO MUCH MORE, TOO... BUT WE'LL LET THESE CO-CREATORS EXPLAIN THAT FOR YOU
How did the two of you meet?
Nicola Formichetti: We met out and about in NY like how you meet friends.
Kaimin: Yes, we met through friends and I immediately felt a magnetic inclination to ask Nicola to collaborate on a project!
Nicola, you famously make amazing work with close friends. Have you made some new friends during this project?
NF: of course. I love creating with friends, you make the process much more fun. I don't really like torturing myself to get there. I love Kai, she's a strong person. She knows what she wants and that’s very inspirational as a collaborator.
These videos are a little more disturbing than most fashion-related content these days. Do you see editorials moving in this direction, or is an outlet like this one still the only place you can get this graphic?
NF: We just felt that this was the right mood for this project. Also everything is so safe these days and we wanted to push a little. We will probably do something completely different for our next one.
K: Zero Zero began as a project that opens a platform for artists and creative forces in both art and fashion to collaborate freely without extensive media censorships, and will continue exploring!
Kaimin, you're involved in almost every aspect of this film series, down to the clothing worn in them, so I assume you tend to have a hand much of the creative process with your work. Are you a take-charge type?
K: I suppose. With this project in particular, I was pushed to explore my own subconscious world and express it without reservation—thus the graphic imagery. This is true in my direction, performance, and clothing, et al. Perhaps I am a take-charge type, but really, my role in the project was to facilitate creative synergy to flow freely between the project’s invaluable contributors, artists, and collaborators.
Cnn you explain the connection between the Black story video and the characters of Salome and Succubus, and the White story video and In the Realm of Senses?
K: Zero Zero Vol.02 ‘THEM/HER’ is divided into contrasting stories, Black and White, which express two opposite ways of subconscious sexual desires. For both stories, I took the characters—Salome and Succubus, and Abe Sada from In the realm of Senses—as an inspiration for the narrative, not the other way around. The Black story engages with sexual desires that encroach climax in the physical realm, whereas the White story expands further from the physicality of an orgasm, demanding more from one’s explosive subconscious sexual desire. I see the physical and the subconscious as a whole when exploring sexual desires—they are contrasting yet mutually necessary in our imaginations!
This project is of course extremely immersive, with video, images, music, a pop-up shop, and even a scent the color of blood that disappears when rubbed into the skin! Tell us, ideally, how one should get the full experience from this volume of Zero Zero.
NF: we want this to be like a religious ceremony. Just let it go and embrace the power of Zero Zero.
K: The images, bloody scents, video and music are part of the Zero Zero Vol.02 package and we are going to invite people for bloody ritual which would be the ultimate playground for people to experience each of our Multi Sensory contents in real life. Currently we are building a pop-up shop with Snarkitecture in the meatpacking district that empathizes multi-sensory and there will be a special installation by Red Paper Heart that will confuse your conscious to define what is real and maximize the surreality of "fantasy" within the "reality."
Both of you are very involved with internet culture, which really just means you're involved in current culture. How do you see fashion and film (and anything else) evolving with online communication?
NF: its part of our culture now, but i feel that you always need to balance digital and physical. Both are very important.
K: Again, agree. But I also see dangers of convenience that stunt our experiential senses. I want to see fashion, film, and for that matter any creative medium, engage with technology as an interactive medium that is not limited to the eyes.
What's next for each of you?
NF: Let's do something crazier!
K: Yes! Continue the search for crazier!