COL: Who are you and what do you do?
TB: Timon Botez, artist, butcher and bar owner.
COL: What characterize you work? How would you describe your personal style?
TB: My work draws on personal experiences in every day environments. I look for the odd things in the daily flow. A break from the pattern.
COL: How do your own experiences influence your work?
TB: Pretty much 100%. Observations and experiences become concepts for projects.
COL: What will you be showing at the uncontaminated festival?
TB: Gems from the "half floor", a sound piece made from recordings of junk stored by my father in an old basement. To be shown with Roger Ballen's photographs.
COL: What do you want to communicate through your work? Is there a message - political or otherwise
TB: Id like to take you some where you haven't been. Somewhere you didn't imagine.
COL: Do artists of today have some kind of of social responsibility?
TB: I think they always have. Just different generations have different forms of social engagements.
COL: What is the most important thing in your life?
TB: Work. Family. Experiences.
COL: How do you feel right now?
TB: Tired. Happy.
COL: What are the main reasons you are joining us for the festival this year?
TB: Never to turn down a invitation.
COL: What is the most important drive for you to create and why?
TB: I explore, learn from that and move on. Again and again. Progress over perfection.
COL: Who or what do you value as a great inspiration for you creatively?
TB: People. They do the most unpredictable things.
COL: Can you elaborate on an important moment in your life where you experienced a big change, chose to make one or another event which altered your way of thinking or your approach to creativity ?
TB: Napalm Death, Oslo 1987 (I think). Lost my hearing for 3-4 days.
COL: How does digital and social media affect or inspire your life and creations?
TB: Digital media is a great tool box. Social media is a great source for input.
COL: What do you define art?
TB: If its art its art.
COL: What is your definition of artistic freedom?
TB: Freedom is the reason for working artistically.
COL: Is there a difference for you between art and commercial/commissioned work?
COL: Do you struggle to find artistic freedom in the span between commissioned work and your personal needs to express yourself?
TB: Boundries are often a good setting for creativity. Keeps focus.
COL: What do you aspire to? In the near future? In life in general?
TB: People, fruit, the tropics.
COL: How do you feel art and fashion intervene?
TB: Like ketchup and mustard.
COL: What is a great example of a fashion art collaboration in your view?
TB: Kurt Russel, Escape from LA.
COL: Where do you think art and fashion is heading in our digital age?
TB: They will thrive. Together.