200% – The Lengths To Which Artists Go
Thierry Somers is the founder of the arts publication 200%. As editor-in-chief, publisher and art-director of 200% he writes about the lengths to which artists go for their art and interviews them in-depth.
For the print and online stories, he follow the artists, closely observing them during the stages of their creative processes, to understand the very essence of what drives them. He meets and observes the artists at various locations such as their studio, art fairs, backstage, in the rehearsal room, behind the scenes, at film sets, on tour or in their home environment. At first hand, he experiences their commitment, perseverance and dedication.
Hearts of Darkness
A fascinating documentary about film making, ‘Hearts of Darkness’ (the making of ‘Apocalypse Now’), is one of the inspirations for Somers embarking on the production of 200%. The documentary shows the creative process and struggles of the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, who digs deep to realize his dream; so deep, he is willing to risk his fortune, his family and even his own health. ‘Hearts of Darkness’ is a gripping documentary about an artist who truly believed in what he had to do, and who was determined to succeed at any cost.
5 Print editions
To date, five print editions have been published. The latest edition of 200%, the fifth issue, is published as a book and issue 1-4 in the form of a magazine. The first cover featured a work by Richard Phillips; the second, a sculpture by Mark Quinn, whilst the third had a picture of Bryan Ferry taken by Hedi Slimane; on the cover of the fourth issue is an image of the Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Lifeblood’ album, created by Mark Farrow and John Ross. The fifth issue has two covers featuring Marina Abramovic and Halina Reijn photographed by Rahi Rezvani. To purchase the 200% Book or copies of the magazines back issues (subject to availability), orders can be placed via the shop section on the website.
200% #1 Features:
Richard Phillips, Eiko Ishioka, Duran Duran, Francis Kurkdjian, Antonio Bertone, Enrico Bernardo, Kyle Cooper, Robert Risko, Autechre, Orlando Pita
200% #2 Features:
Marc Quinn, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Antony Price, Matt Johnson (The The), Alain de Botton, Robert del Naja (Massive Attack), Robert Zandvliet, Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones, Andrew Jack, Lalou Bize-Leroy, Brad Cooper
200% #3 Features:
Bryan Ferry, Trevor Horn, Daniel Lanois, Christopher Kane, Hedi Slimane, Mark Ryden, Pat McGrath, United Visual Artists, Ole Scheeren, Art Critics; Peter Schjeldahl / Matthew Collings / Adrian Searle / Hou Hanru.
200% #4 Features:
English Sleeve Designers; Peter Saville / Neville Brody / Vaughan Oliver / Mark Farrow / Tom Hingston/ Non-Format, Philip Treacy, Laurie Anderson, Valery Gergiev, Sarah Morris, Jeff Wall, Mary Katrantzou, Hannah Starkey, Alva Noto, Aernout Mik, Joris Luyendijk, Art Curators; Hans Ulrich Obrist/ Ann Demeester/ Iwona Blazwick.
Issue 5 Features:
Marina Abramovic, Halina Reijn, Es Devlin, Sylvain Le Guen
Picture: Thierry Somers at the Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A.