Featuring Yannick Ilunga and Rochelle ‘RhaRha’ Nembhard, adidas Originals presents the latest iteration of the P.O.D. System through a locally produced film and image series. Ilunga and Nembhard, the creative forces behind the ‘Great alone, better together ’campaign p ersonify the spirit of P.O.D System in a celebration of creative unity, by offering a glimpse into Noirwave’s iconic philosophy, the powerful cinematic edit of the film echoes P.O.D System’s work-in-progress nature.
The new P.O.D sneaker. Picture: Supplied.
RhaRha talks talk Noirwave and its affinity to the P.O.D System campaign:
P.O.D. System unites archival elements with the latest technology to usher in a new era of purposeful design. How does your past influence the way you create for the future?
I view the past as a fundamental part of the foundation for the future. Whether we wish to acknowledge it or not, the past influences our current reality, and our reality which is forever in the process of becoming the past, influences our future. When creating for the future, I use the past as a point of origination from which to start but never as the final destination.
Much like Noirwave, P.O.D. System is built from collective memories to create something entirely new. A disruption of linear process, rooted in past, present and future. How has the Noirwave movement evolved since its inception?
Noirwave started out with its roots in music. It then grew into a visual identity, that like the sound of Noirwave , combined ancient and future influences to create something completely new. It has since organically evolved into a movement with its vision fixed firmly on the creative future. Noirwave has
become a borderless philosophy for creative immigrants globally. It offers followers a citizenship that rejoices in movement physically and creatively.
The creative forces behind the ‘Great alone, better together ’campaign. Picture: Supplied.
You and Yannick exist as individual forces but in coming together, you break boundaries and create something completely new. Talk to us about the unique alchemy of your partnership, which is a testimony to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts:
Yannick and I have been working together for the past seven years. We both have very distinct talents - his in music and mine in visual arts. By combining our skills, we leverage off each other to create something we could not have created alone. Our power lies in combining our creative skills to build a
We’re seeing the meteoric rise of the collective community. Why do you think creative collaboration is gaining such momentum?
The era of the individual and doing it alone is finally coming to an end. Our generation is much more invested in building together. The old ways have failed us and it’s up to us to learn from the past when inventing the future. Collaboration allows us to build the best future possible. By combining our skills
and talents, we are put in a much better position to build the future we envision. We have so much to learn from each other and instead of creating in silos, we are investing in the power of the collective and by doing this, our growth expands tenfold.
Donning the cool P.O.D System gear. Picture: Supplied.
The P.O.D System is available from at adidas Original stores, select retailers, and www.adidas.co.za.