My name is Fabrice Starzinskas, I’m french, just turned 32 and I currently live in Paris.
I’ve always been curious about building things. I kept telling my parents that my grown up job would either be New Technology Engineer or Lego Builder – It now feels like I’m doing both.
I started a business degree in 2006 at University of Cergy, my hometown located near Paris before ending my Bachelor in services marketing and ICT in the sea-side town of La Rochelle. I then joined Grenoble EM for my Masters, even if the sole idea of getting a loan to access learning and so-called networks was making me utterly sick. I felt like a goldfish in a shark tank and knew I needed to switch somehow.
Escaping from the suit and tie oblivion, I started my agency life in 2010 at TBWA in Paris before moving to We Are Social, my first, true, unforgettable work family, gradually moving from strategy to creation, to end up in creative technology. Yet, even within the fastest growing digital niches, I couldn’t wander deeply enough, question widely enough. I got bored with the surface aspect of things, bored with entire industries convincing themselves they do good by building their own, self-rewarding bubbles.
I left in 2014 to build and lead a media art studio within a startup called Bright, aiming to rethink digital art distribution and monetisation. Creatively named Bright Studio, this division allowed me to build and collaborate with artists I hold a tremendous respect for – Brendan Dawes, Marcin Ignac, Matt Deslauriers, Joseph Wilk among others – and daring organisations -Twitter, Orange, Adidas, Centre Pompidou to name a few – around exploratory projects. Things were looking good, I was so hyped, it lasted for two years.
In the meantime, the initial distribution platform hadn’t made it to market, making the Studio the only cash bringer of a 10 people company. the financial pressure forced us to work on projects on unbelievably unstable grounds and it got to me to the point of burning out. The adventure ended early 2017, global termination with no salary paid. Most of us had to go to court to get our money. 3 years later, I’m still working with my lawyers to get artists the money they’re owed while all mentions of our contribution to the company have been doctored.
Now independent, I found my balance by producing my own work, mostly through collaborations, while working with people that share the same ethics, a will to build up durable ecosystem instead of running after a hype train. I also take time to talk for events or join panels, and tutor motivated students. I started to teach on a regular basis in 2019 with a truly exciting news coming soon over 2020.