Aitor Gametxo Zabala
From the Basque Country, but currently living in Barcelona, Spain. 22.
q: You’re currently pursuing your Master’s Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary, how are you finding it? What’s it about?
a: It was nice during the whole year. The “creative” thing can sound strange but it’s just an attempt to make you think about other ways of making documentaries, far away from those on the tv showing lions eating gazelles. Right now we are working in our final project which is called “Typographic City” (“La ciutat tipogràfica”) and it is the research of the self- and also collective-identity through typography in a new city. It’s a journey through those everyday signs which are the letters. We have been working 4 months and the result it’s an interesting experiment. It was really fun doing it!
q: We live in an image driven culture, how do you think will change (or not change) in the near future?
a: Images are the sustenance of our truths, beliefs and memories. Or at least they were. We have already seen everything and that’s why nowadays there isn’t anything that can surprise us. After a whole century of “image driven culture”, right now we are living the distrust to all those exact reproductions. But we continue believing in maps, X-rays, staves, drawings, and so on, which are another kind of “images”, and we don’t exactly notice that. I think this need man have to make everything visual is an interesting subject to study. And about the near future, it’s scary to realize that with google earth and all the security systems and all that stuff, we can be in any screen of any laptop of any city of the world.
q: I find that artists often attach abstract descriptions to pictures, which can be seen as an objective subject/image, when in fact the image itself has little or no aesthetic value. Any idea why?
a: Yeah, this is a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot of times. Some artists might spend much more time thinking about a title for their own work of art, than just creating it. In the other hand, I personally think that from the relation between the title and the work of art can can rise interesting reflections and new possibilities.
q: Favorite fruit?
a: I always liked eating lemon. I hate bananas.
q: Any new music to recommend?
a: The basque singer and songwriter Mursego makes cool stuff with a lot of instruments playing in loop and making noises by herself in live performances. Oh, and I have recently discovered a really cool song, and a cooler video made with found footage: It’s called “Hoop dreams” by Teengirl Fantasy.