We have a look at the current creative scene in Europe, and gather four minds under 30 that are shaping the artistic panorama through the world wide web, the liquid society and the diverse crisis the system undergoes these days. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Ania Witko
Even though she was asked to shoot a campaign only two weeks after receiving her first camera, Ania Witko decided to focus on her analogue "everyday life" pictures. She and her friends in Warsaw are the stars of her addictive Tumblr account, where you can find scenarios of all kinds, always filled with that sort of familiar and warm feeling.
Tell us what got you out of bed today.
I had photo-shoot in Paris so I had to get up much earlier than usual.
Who's the guy with bleached hair that we can see in many of your pictures? 
There are two guys with bleached hair. One is a model –Roman– I shot in Berlin last month (all those pics are from one day of shooting), and the other one is Szymon, my best friend's boyfriend.
Who's your spirit animal?
Definitely this girl is:
Do you find Warsaw to be a stimulating scenery for creative minds? What would you recommend us to do there if we were to spend the weekend?
I have been living in Warsaw for the last two years, and I like this city. I find it as creative as other places in the world. Almost most of my friends are living here and they are doing cool stuff and fun things, so we find it easy. If you want to visit Warsaw you should meet some local people, because everything is changing so fast and so many places are opening right now.
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Nick Bal
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In a time when the pixels seem way more real than reality, Nick Bal appears as a master of the creation with both hands, developing stunning works of furniture, installations and interiors. His upbringing in rural Antwerp has a lot to do with it, and he seems to be transmitting this talent to his young daughter...
Hi Nick, can you explain us a bit what you do?
Hi, I am someone who tries to develop my own identity, or tries to upgrade myself constantly. I’ve always been busy with giving shape to certain products, spaces, my world. At the moment, I’m building and designing a lot of furniture, as well as working full time at Urban Outfitters as Display Coordinator, and running my own company, Nick Bal.
I’ve been practicing all kinds of hand-labour disciplines, though. From drawing, tattooing, glassblowing, graphic design, silk printing, 3D-printing, laser cutting, wood-building to welding and many more. I have the constant feeling that this is the way to upgrade myself as a human being. Next will be auto-mechanics and probably a course in computer programming.
What were you like as a kid? Did you like building things or were you more into different children games?
I’ve always been busy with building: I grew up on a huge farm outside of Antwerp. My dad and grandad raised me up with the idea that you can do everything you want to if you work hard for it. They both worked their entire life 12 hours a day, and still do. I started building together with them, because we needed sheds for the animals. Those sheds had a lack of design, but they were built up with the materials we found. After school I was always working at the farm, even in the evenings, or I was building these insane constructions together with my brother out of Lego or Meccano, #goodtimes.
When did you decide you wanted to work as a freelancer? 
I’ve always been working as a freelancer. The Public Image was one my first big projects. I first started building furniture for smaller exhibitions, most of the time for friends or contacts. Later on, I worked a while for a small design studio. I learnt a lot from them in terms of concepts and building up products or installations. And then I ended up in Urban Outfitters. I’m still there, but thinking more and more about going freelance, because many projects are getting bigger and more interesting
Which are the 5 artists we shall not miss this 2016?
Big fan of the design studio I’ve worked for: Unfold.
Klein Agency: design couple from food to furniture that recently released their first collection.
Mxwtattoo: my best friend and incredible tattoo artist, who started out only a couple years ago, but makes great designs and interesting drawings.
Eltipographic: “next level” graphic designer who uses both digital design and hand labour in his designs.
Stella Lou Bal: my daughter, who recently started painting and building furniture and installations with Duplo and Lego.
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Classically trained Lou Frankma produces exquisite experimental internet-inspired beats under the moniker of Oklou. She played Club Marabú in Barcelona and has been touring all around Europe, spreading around an intimate and whimsical vibe that perfectly matches her music. Hailing from Paris, we talked with the 23-year-old piano whizzkid about her music video 22, strange venues and more
The video for 22 is so whimsical and appealing, did you have a lot of say in the creative direction or the clothing?
No, not really, we worked with my friend Nina (the one you can see with me in the video) on clothing, only with yellow as a directive line. We have the same taste for material, shapes and the spirit of the clothes, so we didn’t have to talk that much to agree. Then, Kevin just enhanced everything thanks to his work.
Do you draw influences from other creative fields like literature or visual art?
Yes, absolutely. I don’t really get how deep other artistic stuff affects my own work, but I’ve always been convinced that there is a strong link between everything. Moreover, the link between music and visual art on the internet is almost automatic, so it’s hard, I think, to dig out one of the two elements, you know, and this is good the way it is.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to begin producing his or her own beats but doesn’t know where to begin?
There isn’t any secret when you start something. First thing is exploration and patience. If you want something, then you are patient. Most people learn to use software by themselves; you can find anything on the internet thanks to tutorials, for example. But like any other discipline in the world, it can take months, even years, to achieve a cool result, or at least to get something you’re proud of. But if you are passionate, everything’s easier.
Where would you recommend us to go if we were in Paris for the weekend?
Cool places depend on cool events. In Paris, good parties are generally hosted by the LGBT community or the Permalnk crew (with Bye Bye Ocean’s parties). Personally, I don’t go to any particular places regularly, but some districts are nice, like Stalingrad and Belleville, I guess.

Iris Donker
The world of Iris Donker is filled with pink wigs, glitter soup, road trips, surrealism and massive lollipops. Although we couldn't enclose one artist's work in a few random words, we truly invite you to peek inside her online portfolio and enjoy her use of light and playful visuals. We tried to get a few words with the Eindhoven-based creator before she heads to one of her numerous planned trips.
Hi Iris, what were you like as a kid? Was creativity running in your family or did you stand out from the rest as an artist?
I was like a little boy with pink toenails and a Courtney Love-like voice. Mischief was my main activity. When I was around 9 years old my dad bought this big old film camera; that thing has been my third eye ever since. My mother started out as a fashion designer, my dad is just mentally insane, in a good way. I still haven’t figured out where the true art core of my family tree is hidden.
It seems like you've been quite active with exhibitions, video screenings and collaborations. Which one is your favourite activity (because it was super fun or you were really proud of the result after all the hard work) you've done over the last few years?
I have to say the Europe trip I did last spring/summer with my love in our old Mercedes mobile home called SKUM (which is Swedish for foam). During this six-month trip I mainly focused on enlarging my film archive. The film-stills are a small impression of my new short called Where confetti falls like stardust. It’s a playful and uncanny after movie where image and sound merge together. 
You were an artist in residence for Subbacultcha! How did that go?
It was amazing! Katinka van Gorkum and I are collaborating as an artist duo called Live vanuit de werkelijkheid (“Live from reality”). Subbacultcha!, which is a really cool music and art platform, asked us to create our own reality in their basement for two months. We lived, filmed and danced in our handmade bubble made of foam, fake blond hair and inexplicable costumes. In the end, it took the form of a video-installation.
What would your dream job be like?
Floating in freedom, where the word “job” doesn’t exist and where we can eat glitter soup. I’m almost there.
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