venerdì 5 settembre 2008

Interview with EmanueleKabu

q)What is your name?

a)Emanuele Bortoluzzi but my artistic name is EmanueleKabu.

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I live and work in Belluno, a small city in Veneto, just near the mountains.

q)What is your creative process like?

a)I made lots of things, to be precise 3 kind of works, paints and drawings, animated videos, music.It's obvious that every thing have different creative process. Video is the most complex at all: it takes lots of time and lots of boring technical things (I didn't study video making, I'm completely self-taught). Usually everything starts from a general idea of the hole thing and during the creation process I add more particular and other ideas. I don't have a standard creative process, I follow my instinct. Insted with music is totally different 'cause I play with other people, so every time is different.

q)What is your favourite medium?

a)I don't have a favourite medium 'cause it depends from what I want to do and what I want to communicate, sometimes one single black & white draw is good, sometimes I need to make an animated video and sometimes I need to paint a canvas. I love videos, music, paint and drawings both so I can't really choose one.
Now I'm really interested to make some new videos focused into some “social problems ” (I don't know if this is the appropriate word) like my last video “Heads Falls Silently” but, you know, we don't know our future... luckly.

q)What is your current favourite subject?

a)Eyes, nature and humans madness.

q)How long does it take for you to finish a piece?

a)As I said before it depends from what I'm doing: ink drawings are the fastest 'cause I usually don't use pencil so they takes from 1 minute to 2 days for the biggest one. Videos is the longest, “Fridens”, that was the first video I made, took me more than 1 year of work, now from when I get the idea to the end of the work I spent 4 or 5 months usually.

q)What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

a)Maybe “Fridens”, it was a real challenge to me 'cause it was born as a game. One day I turned on my laptop and I drew a character, and then I tried to move it, but was crazy 'cause I've never opened a video-editing software before and It was a totally work-in-progress video 'cause everyday I founded something that I didn't know before.

q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love?

a)Too much! First of all my friends Ericailcane ( and Davide Zucco ( and also Michele Scariot aka NoDolby runner of the noise-label Dokuro Rec. ( I love them as artists but first of all as persons. First names that come into my mind are Coil, Boredoms, Hayao Miyazaki, Jodorowsky, Beatles, Luke Ramsey and IslandsFold artists, ShoboShobo and some works of PaperRad for the madness they put into.

q)Can we buy your art anywhere?

a)I have 2 drawings 'zine out now, “Fade To Black” and “Eyes And Trees” that contain also a DVD.
For the first one you can drop me a line ( and I will send it to you, the second one is released by IslandsFold, an independent publisher from Canada. I invite you to check their website 'cause they're really fantastic people ( Inside their website you'll find all the information you need to buy the DVD+zine and also two drawings.
I sell also other stuff through Guapopo ( and some prints through Cairo Collection (

q)Anything that people should know about that we don’t??

a)Nothing in particular, I'll be happy if you'll like my work.
Maybe something about my musical project, I play in an electronic duo named “ENT” and I've also a solo noise-ambient project named “GreenMine”. I invite you to check these links:

q)What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?

a)Mmm, maybe to follow their instinct and their natural approach to the things they want to do.

q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?

a)I have to say that I really need to make drawings, paints, videos, music and everything that come into my mind, I don't know why but is something I've inside my self. I don't make things only for the others but first of all for me, so I think that this is the first reason why I continue to work also when the work get frustrating. Maybe it'll be different in the future but this is what I feel now.

q)How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?

a)There are some words I can write:
Eyes, trees, sometimes colours sometimes black and white, psychedelic, noise...but I know that I'm not so good to describe my work...I'm sorry!

q)What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?

a)I'm a fuckin' worker, this is because I'm totally self-taught and I didn't do art-school so I work hard and every time I start something new, I try to make something different from the past time. I'm always in training and I'm always learning something new.

q)Is there a tool or material that you can’t imagine living without?

a)No. As you say it's just tool or material, If we lost one we'll find something else.

q)Who are your influences?

a)I think that every day we spend in our life is full of influences for everyone and this is also for me. My life, the place where I live, my girl, my friends, nature, music, art, books...everything.

q)What inspires you to create?

a)As I said before, is something I fell inside me.

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