Nature Morte with Crutches
or "Remote Working"
08. oct. 2015 Posted by Eriks

Since breaking some bones because of obviously ludicrous obstacles, it seems that I am not as essential a part of the !MOOZ process as I had imagined.  Work goes on, ideas go on, and if necessary, we can always sit down for a meeting at my house. Thank you, team.

 

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Interview
31. aug. 2015 Posted by Eriks

"The advertising is about a great deal that is fashionable today - a drawing on a skateboard, a new hashtag or a new social platform that always brings along the illusion that we will resolve all of the world's problems in this way."
Interview with Eriks Stendzenieks. https://vimeo.com/137581779

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Usma
20. jul. 2015 Posted by Sabīne

Of course we have Summer Sports Games. Like every decent company we feel necessity to celebrate our short and rainy Latvian summer with social gathering where everybody can show off their all year well trained (or whatever you have) bodies and ruin everything by getting totally drunk in the evening. We play Croquet and like our drinks to be numbered.

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LADC Street School
08. jul. 2015 Posted by Eriks

3rd gathering of LADC Advertising Street School tutors and lecturers. Proud to be part of it.
Marketing schools are good. But best advertising creatives come from somewhere else. Like from theatre wardrobes, nightshifts, pizzerias, gas-stations, bars, bouncers, rock-bands, plumbers, modern art. They work as stewardesses, bankers, metal band members, skateboarders, social service workers, unemployed or be in a state of mess about what they would do with their lives. But they have this genuine born ability to understand people and to talk to them. Alert minds, healthy cynics, quiet rebels, jealous introverts, brilliant misfits. They may secretly run a diary, or write blog, or draw, or observe, or watch, or listen and in general, are guided by overwhelming wish to communicate. Here’s the school for you. Run by some of best advertising pros in Latvia and Nordic region. Books are good source of knowledge. Scars of life are better.
Faculty: Zigurds Zakis, Eriks Stendzenieks (!MOOZ), Armands Leitis (Guilty), Didzis Paeglis (DDB), Raimonds Platacis (Abnormal), Valdis Ošiņš (DigitalGuru), Pēteris Līdaka, Aleksandrs Bētiņš (YR/Not Perfect), , Vairis Strazds (DDB), Mārcis Mikelsons (CUBE). And many others. Architects, musicians, scenographers, writers, painters, philosophers. Standing the human nature will do. Some of previous LADC schools are best in the market – Una Rozenbauma,Reinis Piziks, Renārs Liepiņš. Door is open. Advertising needs new genes of talent. For more check: http://ladc.lv/jaunumi/atlikusas-vien-2-nedelas-lidz-ladcskola-pieteiksanas-beigam-pasteidzies/

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Ingmar and Eriks
02. jul. 2015 Posted by Eriks

Managers come from school.
Strategic planners come from life.
Ingmar Janson, founder and ex partner of Scholz & Friends Berlin and Stockholm, and Naked Germany. Boxer, wrestler, biker, rocker, teacher, owner of a dog. 10 lions, 10 countries, 100 tattoos, 1000 scars.
Something’s brewing.

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IMAX. VISION 2020.
04. jun. 2015 Posted by Eriks

When advertising ends we’ll start a church. Eriks Stendzenieks on Underdogs vs. Overdogs.
Sorainen Vision 2020 conference, IMAX theatre, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Kids are best therapysts
04. sep. 2013 Posted by Eriks

Kids are best therapists. They actually don't care if my dad is paralyzed. They race around the hospital in his wheelchair screaming and fighting. They race around the hospital WITH HIM sitting in his wheelchair. By fighting they also mean kicking him out of his bed and jumping over his barely-breathing chest weaving light-sabres. "I never felt so happy" my 87-old pa said. You see. It's not about compassion. It's very much about being equal. Respect is overrated. Involving is underrated.

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Break
07. aug. 2013 Posted by Eriks

Very much like shit, “break” happens.

"Break" can mean “vacation”. It can also mean “the destruction of something”, “breaking through something”, “opening something”, “getting into a conflict with something”, or just "weird dance moves I'll refrain from even describing".

“Break” happened to one very particular wall in Berlin. “Break” happened to my friend @runcis' backbone, and since then he is tied to his automatic bed. Also, since then he has written some of the best poetry I know and has served as an opinion leader for some very leading opinion leaders in my country. Good or not, "break" has occurred to Da Vinci, Gandhi, Hitler, Mother Theresa, Caligula, Lennon, Kandinsky, Stalin, Picasso, Jobs, Mozart, Eames, Buffett, Hendrix, Gaudi, Lao Tzu, Breivik, and even that guy who designed plastic CD covers.

It happened to me last Thursday. Long story short, I told (not in a most polite manner, if honest) someone very significant to !MOOZ – along with whom we have won a bunch of clients, and money, and awards – about what, how, and why I feel. It was rough, it was straightforward, and it was offensive, which was not right. But –  emotions filtered out – “I approve this message”, as Obama would say.

It was a "break" in terms of a relationship, and a "shake" in terms of the atmosphere in the agency. It was also a "break" in terms of shaking up a routine model, which I might be the first to blame for.

Thou shalt work. Thou shalt deliver. Thou shalt respect the team.

In return, you will be recognised, you will be promoted, you will be rewarded, you will be pampered and, most of all, you will be loved. Not exactly in that order.

You know those news stories of seemingly lovely pandas tearing open a poor tourist's intestines once in 5 years or so? That's the case. Arrogance, laziness, ignorance, putting side-work above the daily one, and bigotry can be accepted for a long time, but then comes the "break". That's what eventually comes.

It’s not that I feel good. But I feel right. Or maybe just breaking through something.

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