Kong Fu: The end of the MV Studio, the journey continues ...

by Roman aka jar

Hi Jungle people,

well it has been a though ride.
The Massive Voodoo studio as we know it is no more!

It has been long overdue.
Since about four years it was fact that these buildings where the studio is located will be torn down. From then on this feeling stretched. A new place was in sight, but Covid-19 changed it all.

Well, with looking back on it I am grateful and deeply thankful for the great times spent there. For all the people who visited, friends who came over and many students to learned there. It has been a creative cave filled with great memories.

While waiting for that new place to be ready to move in life put many changes on me: I had to move out of my flat that I really loved as my landlord needed the flat for his son. Bummer! I did so during Winter 2020 and it was not easy to find a flat, nor was the move during lockdown, but with the help of great people it was managed. As Covid-19 restrictions affected my job enourmously (not teaching weekend seminars) I decided to move the studio as a much smaller version home into my flat until I am able to focus on finding a new space. This all started to happen in Winter.

It all started slowly.
Moving basic equipment from the old place to the new one to be able to work again ... setting up the new place slowly:

Thanks to my good friend Erik who helped me to setup the basic layout of the new place ...

On a personal level it was really hard for me and somehow I reached a point where I was not able to proceed. Too many emotions stuck to the big wall of great memories ... the best thing would have been inviting some friends over, drinking some beer and having a party to move out. This was not allowed due Corona. This place and the heart stuck to it, the memories in these halls would have deserved it.

So I basicly was kind of depressed and stucked ... tried to enjoy creativity in the new place, while the old was waiting to die. Did not really work ...

Out of nowwhere my awesome girlfriend surprised me with a book.
She organised friends of mine to celebrate this party in form of text and memories and to be honest it just made me cry when I had it in my hands, reading through these pages ...

On this evening - while zipping a beer or two - I was able to tear down the wall of memories. Saving 50% of photos to put them together in a photo album.

From there on, the spell was broken and I was able to see it all for what it was:
Time to say goodbye, finally and being thankful for it. The studio itself started to empty up too and it was quite the workload to sort out things, put usuables into the new studio and throwing out what was not needed, putting tons of stuff on ebay too.

Some weeks ago - while writing this - it was done.
The room was empty and the studio was moved.

It was time to remove the sign from the front door.

The end of an era.
The start of a new one.

Finally, the new studio felt like something.
It started to feel good to focus on this new place.
Unpacking tons of boxes (still not done yet) and organising the place.
My two buddies, Keiko and Momo always around and really interested in this place of future creativity.

Now in the new place it is still work ahead of me ...
Unpacking, organising and most important finding a workflow again. It works, but not superfast.
It feels good to be able to teach again, this is what I missed the most during lockdowns and move and it helps to find organisation combined with a workflow. Time to unpack the brushes ...

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone who helped me in this task. I am not good with changes and I tend to be emotional, maybe too much or just the right amount, who knows. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me with words and their help to move this forward.

For the moment the new place is good and I am thankful.
On the long term it makes sense to find a place outside my flat again to seperate work and home and the view already searches for new options ... we will see what the future brings.

Thank you!

Keep on happy painting!

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