Ele Knoops


Blending practices  Visual storytellers (Photographers — Directors — Designers) Arnaud Ele✖️Laura Knoops = Expertise:

Art Direction
Branding & Identity
UI Design

Digital illustration

Textile Design
Veejay / Live Video

...A stroke of ink can only bleed when the quality of the paper allows it to flow in narrow spaces. In a small way, the color defies gravity. Something similar happens when the two artists of Eleknoops work. They meld disparate aesthetics, influences, genres, even daily rhythms, aided by a kind of radical receptivity to one another and the outside world. “We do everything together,” says Laura. “It’s a balanced duo, an entity.” In their photography, fashion, and art, a certain textural depth, an adding of layers, can be perceived, a result of constant revision and the motion of new ideas.

In their work space in Berlin-Kreuzberg, beer bottles sit next to coffee cups, radios jostle with computers. A keyboard lies on the bed. “I play music every day,” says Arnaud. “The sound is for pleasure and for travelling—for leaving the room mentally while staying it in physically.” Eleknoops recently shot a fashion video featuring Arnaud’s music. The setting is retro France, the sound like nights on the smaller floors of Berlin clubs. “For me, Eleknoops is different practices: modern and vintage, analog and digital,” says Arnaud. “It’s logical to make use of the influences of the people and places around us.”

written by Jeffrey Arlo Brown
July 2019, in Berlin