Meet Sergio Díaz De Rojas + Seraphina Theresa
Multidisciplinary artists Sergio Diaz De Rojas (@bonjoursergio) and Seraphina Theresa are about to release the final piece of their collaborative project, The Morning Is A River. Their EP has been released on all digital platforms including limited edition cassettes, they’ve premiered a music video and created photography of the project. The final part of their project premiered August 13th on Vimeo and featured a video project comprised of four piano pieces, spoken poetry, and stunning visuals recorded by Theresa and directed by both artists. Check out the final piece and interview exclusively on Ello.
Interviewer Mayah Taylor (@mayah) is Ello’s Community Specialist. She loves tacos, fashion, Doctor Who, and wears too much black.
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Tell me more about your project. How did you guys come together to make this? What inspired you when you created Morning?
Sergio: It just happened. I remember improvising over a piece Seraphina made on her keyboard. A few weeks later we had over 6 pieces. We would always spend many hours reflecting on life together, discussing our thoughts, dreams, and feelings. We turned all of this into music, poetry, photography, and video.
What does the title The Morning Is A River mean in this project? How long did it take you to create and complete?
Seraphina: Well, you never know where a day takes you, nor how you will feel, but nevertheless there is a rhythm, a movement, the steady of existence – may it be your breathing chest or your dancing to a song you love. The morning is floating like a river into the day and moreover into the evening a night, and suddenly, you are alive.
Sergio: The project officially began in February, after my trip to Europe, and by the first days of March the music, the poem, and the photographs were ready. The short film took a few more months, though, as well as the cassettes.
I always say that music transcends everything in the universe; it is the universal language of humanity. What is the story being told with the music you’ve produced for your limited EP you released?
Sergio: This EP celebrates the simple things in life that make us feel alive, and it is an invitation to practice them more often. More than a story, it is a reminder. A reminder to focus on what really matters.
In “Flores de Papel”, there are sounds of rain in the background and instantly creates visuals in your mind while you listen to it. Do you have plans of directing and producing films in the future?
Seraphina: It is not one of my plans, but I would definitely love to do this again.
Sergio: That’s something I would definitely want to do, or at least direct a good amount of short films.
How did you guys come together with different languages, perspectives, and media to complete the project being from both Peru and Germany?
Seraphina: Our barriers weren’t a problem at all. We harmonized very well.
Sergio: Yes, we make a great team! We gave a good use of our resources, and always discussed every little aspect of the project, giving our opinions and ideas, until we were both happy.
Seraphina, the visuals we see in the music video for “Ich bin Himmel, wenn ich den Himmel liebe” are beautiful, thought-provoking and somber. Can you tell me more about the imagery in the video and what it represents?
Seraphina: In the video for “Ich bin Himmel, wenn ich den Himmel liebe” we have two sticking points. A girl and her art at home and, as you called it, the somber atmosphere. This combination shows perfectly what we want to transmit: life and its facets.
Sergio: And the importance of calmness. Hence, the window and the sky.
Finally, we all have different definitions of what art is. What is art to you, individually and how do you define it?
Sergio: To me, art is the purest representation of our souls.
Seraphina: Art is nothing and everything at the same time. It is what your heart and soul allow you to see.
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