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luke pendrell

Luke wanders over with a small notebook crammed full with drawings, notes and memories stretching all the way back to January 1996. Looking through it brings home the evolving nature of the group. 'I find it hard to define what we are because it seems to change faster than we can decide it,' he remarks. 'That mutability is good and bad. It's inevitable that, in any system, what makes it strong is also its weak link.'
   Luke also feels that antirom is a place for experimentation. It is not unusual to see him dragging in objects from the skip outside and trying to work out how to digitize them. 'antirom gives you the outside the normal constraints of a workplace,' he explains to my raised eyebrows. 'People seem to find the structure as fascinating as the work, but obviously the two reflect each other. Our best work is small, tight and succinct and has an element stupidity about it. The office atmosphere, the constant banter and irreverence, rubs off on the work.'


rob lequesne

Rob has spent much of his time with a producer's hat on in antirom. I wondered if this role has given him the chance to view the rest of the group with different eyes.
   'It was very exciting, very much a now thing, to just get together and just make this thing. We didn't set any rules or parameters which meant we had to have a hell of a lot of attitude and energy,' he says, although he admits this energy also has the ability to push us apart.
   As he has mainly been a producer he has had more that his fair share of dealing with clients' expectations. 'I think antirom is questioning of the industry.' Like Anthony he feels that is an advantage but that it can make certain clients scared saying as we don't have an enormous hierarchy. He thinks 'they feel there is a lack of discipline and that we don't take them or ourselves very seriously. But I'm more proud than ashamed of that.'
   It is evident that we are naturally growing up and change is afoot in the way we work. 'antirom is a very nice playground, it always has been,' says Rob. 'The noise, the antics, the open-plan office adds to that, and we tend to wash our dirty linen in public. But is remains to be seen whether we can grow up in the same space or whether that will have to change.


sophie pendrell

Sophie is sitting at her desk reworking some ideas around random text sentences, something that she has be playing with since the first CD. She reflects on the last few years, 'It has been a tough old haul, but I like working with the people in this room, even when I'm not directly doing so.'
   As one of only two female members of antirom (a twist of fate rather than a planned strategy), she brings a different view to much of our work and structure. Sophie's eye for asset creation has made its mark on much of our work combining direct scans of objects with painstaking digital treatments. She feels she works in 'quite a strange, particular way, but I think I keep a certain balance in the room, a bit of sensitivity'. Balance seems to be something that is accidentally achieved by the mix of personalities in antirom. Often this is a delicate balance, 'but most good things are like that,' says Sophie. 'You have to have the danger element, that's what makes it interesting.'


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