April 15, 2018

Nina Kihlborg

"Generally people seem to perceive my stuff as “funny” and “weird”"

FI

Your art is living somewhere in a world in between digital and traditional. Is that a natural way for you to create or has it been a conscious choice?

NK

The reason I produce mainly digital images is because of my lifestyle, I mean I have carried an iPhone with me at all times since I was 17 and I’m very active on Instagram. To capture what I see, comment on it and share it in an instant is just hard to resist. I’m conflicted about working digitally though as I miss engaging my hands. I’m currently thinking of ways to integrate handicraft into my practice.

FI

How has your work been perceived at school? Is there a notion regarding digital art among the teachers and students?

NK

Generally people seem to perceive my stuff as “funny” and “weird”. Digital art is very much encouraged on my course and there is a big scene for art involving and contemplating “new media” here in London. I tend to keep some of my material on a distance from school though, like the stylish and cute photo edits I share on my Instagram. They work on Instagram which is very much about style but they usually don’t serve the discussions that I’m interested in within arts.

FI

What sort of discussions do you want to start?

NK

I’m not sure, I’m in the middle of trying to educate myself on life, history, science and how everything is connected and simultaneously create a structure for an art practice. Maybe I don’t want to start any discussion through art.

" Maybe I don’t want to start any discussion through art"

FI

Many of your projects has a strong iPhone aesthetic. Do you think our obsession with our phones today changes the way we create?

NK

Definitely, in so many ways. To be able to channel creativity and be stimulated 24/7 is crazy. I don’t know where it’s heading but I often fantasise about deleting my social media accounts. A certain aesthetics though is almost inevitable to catch up on if you ask me. There are trends and they’re often very interesting to analyze.

FI

How would you describe the social media trends that we’re picking up on right now?

NK

Maybe the anti-aesthetic and the search for “authentic” is one style that I believe is still strong. And then there’s the more polished, cyborg, post-human style that is unnatural on purpose. That’s how I’d describe my feed anyway.

FI

Do you edit all of your photos on your phone? Do you have any favourite apps to send our way?

NK

Almost everything you see on Instagram is made in my phone using YouDoodle or Video Brush! I occasionally use the default apps, like Notes or Layout. I like that they’re so general and limiting. It reminds you that art can be done by any means, the only problem is to get paid for it.

FI

What’s your thoughts on social media presence? Does a good Instagram feed has an impact on how people see and interpret your art?

NK

I think you can through Instagram if you like, expose your inner world in a quite effective way and that’s your value as an artist in some sense. So yes, I think a good Instagram can hype your work because it gives the audience a good chance to see where it comes from.