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Nicola Bettale - T’as bien consommé aujourd’hui?

4:11, 2011, Video Art
“T’as bien consommé aujourd’hui?” points the finger at those who want the energetic resources to be wasted and teach everyone how to do that. But nuclear plants blow up.
The reconstruction of the Fukushima nuclear site, carried out with some paper sheets, while the real images on the side show reactor no. 3 exploding, represents the paradoxal situation of uncertainty nowadays. This reconstruction results to be an invective to the lack of thought of those who are in charge to manage, consider and develop the energetic issue.
The work is a cry of alarm and represents the endless race towards the nonsense where the Consume is the biggest deal. No matter what are the means to reach it. The two final videos represent figuratively two persons, slaves to themselves, to their wrong choices and raise the issue about the condition of man nowadays.
DirectorNicola BettaleProducerNoneWriterNoneCameraCanon HdEditorNicola Bettale

CountryItalyEdition2011

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Interview

Who is Nicola Bettale?
Nice question. Me, myself and I, I would answer. That means that I am at least three different persons who chose to express themselves and to give breath to their never spoken words in the same way, through art.


What is T’as bien consommé aujourd’hui? About?
The reconstruction of the Fukushima nuclear site, carried out with some paper sheets, while the real images on the side show reactor no. 3 exploding, represents the paradoxal situation of uncertainty nowadays. This reconstruction results to be an invective to the lack of thought of those who are in charge to manage, consider and develop the energetic issue.
The work is a cry of alarm and represents the endless race towards the nonsense where the Consume is the biggest deal.
No matter what are the means to reach it. The two final videos represent figuratively two persons, slaves to themselves, to their wrong choises and raise the issue about the condition of man nowadays.


How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I have a background as photographer and musician. I have been realizing videos for only a couple of years as one day I realized the potential of these three media (photography, video and music) mixed together. A that time I could not resist to practise them.


Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
In my works, I represents experiences, facts, chronicles, fantasies according with their relationships to the natural and the artificial environment. Those "representations" are frozen in a precise moment. That moment is basic, variable and necessary.

Need to savor the moment by immersing myself in the peaceful waters of the imaginative world, faced towards a dreamlike journey among uncontaminated areas and guided only by a single point of reference. Need to go beyond the circle of reality and live once again its beneficial influence, in every moment, as if my own physical dependence was wiped out, elsewhere.
"IL FANTALUNARIO", Nicola Bettale, 2008


How long do you usually work on one project?
It depends on cases. Might last one night as 7 months.


Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?
Definitely intuitive, even if the project grows up continuously during its progress.


How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
The first idea was a provocation and so it is. Do you really want to keep on wasting until the end of time? That is the issue raised by the work.
The title came later. It belongs to someone else, not to me. I found it on the street, I caught it and fixed it in my video. I liked the idea that someone else who expressed the same idea as me could give the title to my video.
A kind of sharing between two persons who aimed to say the same words, in two different manners. Further, the fact that the writing "T’as bien consommé aujourd’hui?" was found on the street, place the real issue where it must be: on the road where all people should diffuse and share their ideas.


Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
Inspiration is unpredictable, sometimes elusive and it comes suddenly without a signal. It is abstract. Nevertheless there is a concrete method I use to stimulate the birth of ideas: dive into the infinite nuances of life.


How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
I think that sound is as important as images. In video art and experimentation, the balance between these two elements creates a suspension of the artwork itself. Both sound and images must sustain the concept, the idea with no imbalance between them.
I create my own sound. I play the guitar and the synthesizer.


Did the web changed your view on art, or your career?
Honestly, not. None of them. In this case, the web helps out to diffuse one’s work through the net but I think it is a false medium of knowledge. It cannot transmit the right potential of the artwork (emotions, sensations). I am convinced that all artworks must be seen as conceived by the artist.


Where would you place your work; cinema or art. And what is the difference between those according to you?
Art of course. To me, the main two differences are: first, most of the the times art does not need any protagonist to express itself. That means that art is a purer medium. I said purer to say that art is more instinctive and more related to a precise moment of time. Secondly, art has a different relationship with experimentation, idea and time.

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