: Welcome to my humble show, !
Do you enjoy being here?
: Yes off course. Why not, the coffee is black, the sun is shining and DasGhul is running the Ghul Show.
: Beautiful combo indeed! So, where do YOU come into play here?
Introduce yourself a bit to our noble audience, please!
: I'm a Belgian circus artist - football juggler - I juggle with 1 to 5 footballs, doing shows, events, workshops… I studied a few years Psychology and after Criminology but never did anything with it. I love a lot of things. Traveling, I traveled a lot between my 20 and 33. Nowadays it is less. Reading. Playing football (soccer) I played all my life. Running. Juggling. Doing nothing or no useful things…
: I most definitely would not say THAT. (--> Especially, not to soccer fans! )
However I do agree, that your (life)style is quite an unconventional one…
So, what impact would you say did this have on your art?
: I just started this obsession so it is difficult to say.
I can't see a direct relation, maybe my critical and open mind can be reflected in some of my work, even some psychological thinking can be seen.
Death and using animal parts - I collect skulls and other parts almost 20 years.
Maybe through traveling I learned that the strange and the weird does not exists. And what and who is normal when normality does not exist. Nor does abnormality.
But maybe this is all absurd and they are just creating themselves, they chose me to make/craft them.
: As for example, these…
Just how exactly did they convince you to create them?
: They don't have to convince me, I just don't have a choice, I have to make them.
They come in to my head, they plant an idea in my mind and the rest is history.
Mostly I get a picture, image, mood, personality, psyche, mental condition in my mind. It can be something concrete or something abstract. And I start to search what the best way is to create them.
I get influenced by material, music, words, situations, ideas …
I get an idea or I find something or I get inspired by something and I start creating the doll. Sometimes it is what i wanted to make sometimes it's totally different.
Who was first me, they or the idea?
: Well… Who do YOU think, was?
: First I want to tell I call them ’Popoïdes’. ’Pop’ (Dutch) = doll and ’oïdes’ comes from ’androïde’. Android = designed to look and act like a human.
So in English it would be Dolloids or Dolloïdes. Dou you think they diserve another name?
To reflect on your question. Who was first me, they or the idea?
I think I'm a dream. Their dream. I guess I make them in their dreams so that they can come to life.
They do not live yet but they can dream already. What kind of entity can do that?
And in their dream they plant ideas in me (their dream).
So we are not much further, who was first. Their dream, they, the idea or I?
In this case it can only be their dream or the idea. So if I can investigate what entity dreams about me, create me, I’m closer to an answer.
Maybe the dream was first. In that dream I created them by thinking about them.
But how can a dream exist without dreamer.
So the idea was first.
It drifted in a dream and I was their making the idea. The moment that idea was realized the first Popoïde - ’Pinok’ - was able to dream and it did. And so he again choose me ( his maker) to make more Popoïdes.
It's not possible to know in whose dream the first time the idea drifted and so impossible to find out in which and in whose dream I came the first time.
So to create them I had to appear in a dream and create an idea. After they have to create me in their dreams. But a dream is not reality so are they real?
I know what you will ask DasGhul: Are they?
It is not very relevant nor important.
The day I will be God i will answer this question and come to reckon with you if necessary.
: Tell us more about BECOMING GOD, please!
Is GOD entirely virtual?
: Small intermezzo or it will become to heavy to digest.
Always easy with you. What did your mother told you when you were little? "Shut the fuck up!" ?
What do you mean with virtual?
: I meant it like, are you planning to do something extraordinary with your pure imagination?
Except from doing art, that is, of course?
: In my imagination i could create you the great DasGhul.
And with all my powers I could bring you to life.
Oh boy, so you don't yet exist now. Who are you - where are you - what are you doing?
It's a mystery. You my man are a mystery!
: Does this mean I should prepare myself for a GHOUL DOLL...?
: Maybe, if you show up in my dreams chances are growing..
On my way to Belgium now ...
: So, you're a TRAVELLING MAN? Why?
Also, what does it normally take to show up, somewhere in your dreams?
: Why traveling?
keep the spirit alive - keep your dreams alive
living the life you want to live
not an easy task
feeling free no boundaries no obligations
the world is lying at our feet
it's one of the things i like most
What a pile of shit is filthying my laptop!
Get a grip don’t talk in sloganesque language!
Running Away - Lost In Paradise
What does it takes to show up in my dreams?
Me sleeping and the rest lies in other hands.
: Do you have any FAVOURITE PLACES?
Also, tell us one of the most impressive dreams you recently had, please!
: My favorite cities are Jerusalem and Buenos Aires.
Jerusalem: it's a very special place, you can feel history and it's so beautiful…
What a waste that religion makes it difficult to live peaceful together.
Buenos Aires: what a place, you have to be there for a while to know what I mean.
Countries: Mexico, Mongolia.
Mongolia: most special place I have been, I think.
Mexico: go there and you will see. The people are amazing.
I fucked God and he loved it.
: Damn it, is there actually ANY place you have NOT been to yet?
Also, just how exactly come you visit all those?
Also, tell us more about just what "God" happened to be in that dream of yours, please!
: Oh Great Ghul the world is so big, so many places I haven't been.
In the USA I only have been in Austin -Texas. So many states I want to go.
Brasil: let's go.
I lost my 'to do list' so that's it for the moment.
When I was 21 I traveled a few years. Israël, Egypt, Jordanië, India, Thailand, China, Mongolia (the Transsiberian Expres back to Moscow and Poland to Belgium), Cuba, Morocco …
After finishing university I went 4 consecutive winters to Mexico DF and Buenos Aires for 6 months to train my circus skills in some circus schools.
I was ski instructor in Switzerland for two winters.
In between, after and before I traveled a lot just for traveling, holiday and visiting juggling conventions - east west nord south Europe.
I trained in Berlin a few times a few months - the Juggling Capital of Europe.
My brother lives in Colombia so I need to visit him sometimes.
God was a little blurry but he looked like he wanted to be me.
: Tell us more about CIRCUS, and JUGGLING, please!
: Back from sleeping.
At 21- 22 I started juggling, I was addicted to it very fast. I started to go to juggling conventions, festivals throughout Europe. Juggling and training. Later I started with footballs. When I finished my study Criminology I decided I wanted to train and juggle the whole day . I heard about some circus schools in Buenos Aires and Mexico DF where that was possible. 4 winters I went there and trained very hard. I started to perform and so I still do. I don’t train so much anymore so I had time to start messing around with dolls and skeletons. So this is what I do: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1kvf7…
: How many balls do YOU use?
: 1 to 5 Footballs.
: Is that many?
: With normal balls it isn’t.
With footballs yes.
: Do you have any last words left, for our humble audience?
: Fear is not your friend.
: Ladies and gentlemen, !
It only took ten months to complete this, hence the sudden ending...
And, sorry for the long delay.
But now, this finally is the first of at least TEN new Ghul Shows!
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