Beyonder — who the hell is he?
Everyone gets the call eventually. Whether it’s a faint, modest one that politely prods you once or twice or an unmistakably deafening one that hits you like a hole in the head.
You know the one. The one that asks you quite unequivocally whether you’re really doing what you ought to be doing.
The brave ones will answer it and are prepared to be challenged no matter how much time or money they’ve wasted. The others just hang up. They’re past their points of no return and if they happen to get a ring back, the call is stifled with excuses…sorry, ‘reasons’ why they simply can’t.
Well Robert is one of the chancers who got the call well into his career as a successful business analyst in investment banking. As a computer system engineering graduate who earned his stripes as a bonafide city slicker, the call of destiny was, honestly…untimely. Notwithstanding the amount he stood to lose.
But since choosing art, Beyonder as he has since been known, hasn’t looked back.
His critically acclaimed short film Digitalis, earned nominations at the Raindance film festival for Best Short on DV, as well as the Black Filmmakers International Film Festival.
Since Digitalis, Beyonder’s credits have multiplied, recently directing documentary film Diaspora Diaries. His client list boasts everything from Channel Four and the BBC, to exhibitions at the British and Victoria & Albert Museums.
Spoken word is also a part of his repertoire and Beyonder enjoys live performances at some of London’s most prestigious events…but that only goes half way to explaining who Beyonder is.
It’s not just his multi-platformed artistry that makes Beyonder unique. It’s that he has created, quite literally, a virtual world for his art. DCosmic engages all of your senses forgoing the limits of anything we might consider definable.
Yes he’s a film-maker, yes he’s a spoken word artist, yes he’s a poet, and a creative tutor…and yes the list dribbles on. In fact, it’s probably easier to say that he is everything because he does everything.
But to really understand Beyonder you need to do a few things first. On arrival at DCosmic, drop your bag, leave your coat, and anything you think will help you recognise and categorise what you’re about to experience. You see, it’s his world so naturally it’s his rules.
So what can you expect from DCosmic? Well his work is influenced greatly by his Ghanaian heritage, you’ll always find strong overtones of this in his work. But more than his material just being a perfect mix of education and entertainment, Beyonder’s art will have you thinking, milling, and imagining in a much deeper place than you thought possible. As you wander through the corridors and chambers of this virtual world, you’ll become aware of your own creative subconscious.
Admittedly there are always parts of an artist’s work that are — and may always be — esoteric, but that’s the beauty of Beyonder’s world, it’s your adventure.
So before you embark on this voyage of discovery, my only words of advice would be:
Prepare for sensory overload…and don’t look for the meaning, it’ll find you.
Natalie Rose (Journalist)