You worked with Thierry Le Goues and Beyoncé on this project—both big names in their respective industries—what was that like?

Thierry is a master of his craft and it was great to see his working process. You can tell he really enjoys what he does, and he gave my work so much attention and love. It's always beautiful to see your work through someone else's well crafted eyes—he painted with light on my letters.

Beyoncé is a piece of art and design on many levels. It's a fantasy come true to see her swimming in my words. Thanks to Brent Rollins and Complex for making it all happen.

What's it like for you to collaborate, or have your work interact with music, fashion or other art forms? 

I think the idea of visually remixing all these different mediums is a common thread in all the different types of art and design I make. What does music look like? What do our words look like when they dance? How do we listen with our eyes?

My performance work explores this idea specifically by storytelling with sound, vocals, movement, fashion, engineering, light and a whole lotta words all dancing together. I think the idea of creating a live experience you can't download that can make you feel something in this moment where we have seen it all before is very exciting. What does it look like when the words of Talib Kweli or Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad come alive and dance? My performance piece at the MADE Space in Berlin last year tried to illustrate a possible answer to that questions with a ballet of typography.

What other projects are you working on now and in the near future? 

I am currently finalizing a new jewelry collection, working with a german porcelain company, designing a chandelier, exhibiting sculptures and installations and developing the next performance piece. I get bored easy so there is not much time to sleep—and words have so much to say.

Ebon Heath's website: listeningwithmyeyes.com

 

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