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About

There Is More To Explore If it wasn't such a restrictive word, you might call this the group’s manifesto. But Colors And The Kids – known to fans as CATK – aren’t interested in limitations. Their entire methodology stands in stark opposition to anything that might curb their creativity. Their enigmatic, three-person line-up seeks instead to break down borders, to deny that their work – which encompasses art, music and design amongst other things – can be constrained by traditional ways of thinking. Some might deem this rock ‘n’ roll, but they’ll leave that decision to the critics. Uncompromised This is what makes Colors And The Kids one of the most exciting, indefinable and provocative outfits to have emerged in recent years. Despite being doggedly pursued by every major label still left in business, they choose to remain proudly independent – their vision uncompromised – and the strategy has paid off. While others have agonized over haircuts, CATK have agonized over craft. While others have sought sensational headlines, CATK have sought something more permanent. And while others have trashed their instruments in a desperate search for recognition, CATK have employed theirs effortlessly to command attention and respect. Imagination With a decade’s friendship under their belts, they've swiftly earned a reputation for their singular, brash and – inevitably – colorful style, building up an international army of influential fans. Equally at home with both analogue and digital technology, their instantly recognizable work manages effortlessly to combine imagination and impact, as well as sensitivity and selectivity, and remains furthermore unafraid of sentiment or imperfection. Group Together, Colors And The Kids follow an instinctive, open-minded but also rational approach. Plenty of work emerges after lengthy sessions of collective, thoughtful improvisation, but some comes from the individual, intuitive pursuit of ideas by members of the group. However it arises, though, and however unexpected the outcome, the results are precise but full of personality, cutting edge but never cursory. After all, the years through which they’ve known one another have lent them a mutual sense of trust, allowing them freedom in exploring new territory. They also call upon a wide range of influences – from vivid, unapologetic pop to unpredictable, freeform extemporization, from sleek, slick electronica to street-level punk – confirming that, if you put your preconceptions to one side for a minute, then everything and anything is possible. Consultants At the heart of CATK is an entirely fresh and bold attitude that refuses to confine itself to familiar classifications. Also open to collaboration, they recognize the multi-faceted aspects of their talents, something they’re not afraid to share across a multitude of disciplines, whether it be film, image, art, music or beyond. Some might call them ‘producers’ on such occasions, but they prefer to think of themselves as consultants, helping to draw out the best in those with whom they work. Love Colors And The Kids formed in 2008, having originally bonded over a mutual love of Bauhaus when they first met some years earlier in Weimar, Germany. Before long, Elisabeth Schulze (Fine Art, Visual Art), Sebastian Gerbert (Media Systems, Media Art) and Maik Bluhm (Media Art, Visual Art) discovered a shared fascination for film, photography, philosophy, architecture, design and art. It wasn’t until two years after they moved to Berlin, however, that they decided to unite their talents. They’ve never looked back since.