Spotlight: eBoy


12 Dec 17

If you’ve ventured up to any of the delicious restaurants on our top deck, this month, then you might have noticed that the Christmas lights aren’t the only thing adding some splashes of colour to Boxpark Croydon.

December’s art exhibition comes to us from the incredible eBoy. This three-piece outfit has made huge waves across the globe with their funky, satirical and unforgettable pieces. We caught up with one third of Eboy, Kai Vermehr, to find out more.

Tell us who you are and what you do.

We are three guys who love working with pixels. We also tinker with code, 3D and toys. Steffen and Svend work from Berlin, and I am based in Los Angeles.

How did the idea for eBoy come about?

We wanted to create image on the screen, for the screen. We wanted to be able to control every aspect of our work.

Tell us about the current exhibition running throughout December at Boxpark Croydon.

This is an overview of our Pixorama series. It features scenes of Venice, London, Miami Airport, Baltimore, Berlin, and FooBar — the (fictional) Web city that we all live in.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Everywhere really. We look at the beautiful as much as the failed or the ugly.

Who did you all look up to when you were starting out?

We were influenced by a broad spectrum of artists and characters – Philip K. Dick, Alexander Calder, Iain M. Banks, Jamie Oliver, Glenn Gould, Jacqueline du Pré, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dr. Seuss, Neal Stephenson, Charles and Ray Eames, Einstürzende Neubauten, Gerhard Richter, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata , from Studio Ghibli; Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein, Moebius and even Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers. Plus, many more!

Talk us through your creative process.

For our Pixorama work, we start out with a rough composition and then everyone joins in with parts – houses, people, animals, plants, etc. At some point we stop and publish a version, akin to publishing software; we can then come back to the project at any time and do updates as needed. All parts are created live in our database for further use.

Finally, what was the last song you listened to?

Rokudan No Shirabe by Keiko Matsuo and Her Ensemble.