Lui è Tim Small: direttore responsabile di VICE Italia, fiction editor di VICE America, dal 2011 fondatore e direttore editoriale di The Milan Review e, dal 2012, direttore della produzione video di VICE Italia. Lo abbiamo incontrato in occasione della mostra “Tuta Teschio e altre storie a caso” dell’illustratore Ratigher e “Spogliatoio” di Olimpia Zagnoli, tenutasi a Treviso presso Spazio Supernova il 29 settembre.
Alle noiosissime domande che gli abbiamo posto, il giovane e brillante Tim Small risponde in musica. E indovinate quale.
Presentati brevemente, tipo: chi sei, dove vivi, età e cosa vorresti fare “da grande”.
TS, you tell me you like the taste. You just need an excuse. You tell me it calms your nerves. You just think it looks cool. You tell me you want to be different. You just change for the same. You tell me it’s only natural. You just need the proof. Did you fucking get it? It’s in my eyes, and it doesn’t look that way to me, in my eyes! You tell me that nothing matters. You’re just fucking scared. You tell me that I’m better. You just hate yourself. You tell me that you like her. You just wish you did. You tell me that I make no difference. At least I’m fuckin’ trying. What the fuck have you done?
Tim, sei Direttore responsabile della rivista Vice Italia e Fiction editor di Vice America: come descriveresti VICE? e cosa la differenzia dalle altre riviste?
TS, look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day. Maybe, the sun is shining and birds are winging, or rain is falling from a heavy sky. What do you want me to do, to do for you, to see you through? For this is all a dream we dreamed, one afternoon, long ago.
Walk out of any doorway, feel your way, feel your way like the day before. Maybe, you’ll find direction around some corner, where it’s been waiting to meet you. What do you want me to do? To watch for you when you’re sleeping? Then please don’t be surprised when you find me dreaming, too.
Come descriveresti il lettore medio di VICE?
TS, look me in the eyes and tell me that I’m satisfied. Are you satisfied? Look me in the eyes and tell me that I’m satisfied. Hey! Are you satisfied? And it goes so slowly, everything I’ve ever wanted, tell me what’s wrong? Look me in the eye and tell me that I’m satisfied. Are you satisfied? Look me in the eye and tell me that I’m satisfied. Now are you satisfied? Everything goes, anything goes, all of the time. Everything you dream of! Is right in front of you! Look me in the eye and tell me that I’m satisfied! Look me in the eye! Satisfied! I’m so, I’m so, I’m so unsatisfied! I’m so, I’m so, I’m so dissatisfied! I’m so, I’m so, I’m so unsatisfied! I’m so, I’m so unsatisfied! I’m so, I’m so unsatisfied! I’m so dissatisfied.
Tra le varie “rubriche” (se così possiamo chiamarle) di VICE a quale sei più affezionato?
TS, sometimes feel so happy, sometimes feel so sad. Sometimes feel so happy, but mostly you just, make me mad. Baby you just make me mad. Linger on, your pale blue eyes. Linger on, your pale blue eyes. Thought of you as my mountaintop. Thought of you as my peak. Thought of you as everything, I’ve had but couldn’t keep. I’ve had but couldn’t keep. Linger on, your pale blue eyes. Linger on, your pale blue eyes. If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see, I’d put you in the mirror I put in front of me. I put in front of me. Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
All’interno di Rivista Studio ci si può imbattere in un’interessantissima rubrica che curi, Sandwiches. Si tratta di ”interviste lunghe e medio-lunghe con scrittori, sceneggiatori e altre persone interessanti”. Questa rubrica è molto divertente: è un vero e proprio dialogo scanzonato tra amici, in cui il finale è dedicato alla rivelazione da parte dell’intervistato del suo panino preferito. Da cosa nasce questa tua scelta di muovere un approccio così informale?
TS, yah, in-slum-national underground, thousand pounds when I stomp the ground—WHOOMP—like a million elephants and silverback orangutans, you can’t stop the train! Who want some? Don’t come unprepared, I be there, but when I leave there, better be a household name, weatherman telling us to bank on rain, so now we sit in the droptop soaking wet, in a silk suit, tryin’ not to sweat, hit somersaults without the net, and this be the year that we won’t forget, one-nine-nine-nine!
Cosa pensi dell’arte contemporanea? Ti interessa? E’ vero, secondo te, che nell’arte tutto è già stato fatto?
TS, represent, represent, yeah, represent, represent, yeah, represent, represent, yeah, represent, represent, yeah, represent, represent. Straight up shit is real and any day could be your last in the jungle, get murdered on the humble, guns’ll blast, niggas tumble, the corners is the hotspot, former mad criminals who don’t care, guzzling beers, we all stare at the out-of-towners, they better break North before we get the four pounders and take your face off, the streets is filled with undercovers homicide chasin’ brothers…
Da cosa nasce il progetto per The Milan Review, la casa editrice che hai fondato? Come hai sviluppato la cosa?
TS, now usually I don’t do this but, go on ahead and break em off with a little preview of the remix, now I’m not tryin to be rude, but, hey, pretty girl, I’m feelin you, the way you do the things you do, reminds me of my Lexus coupe. That’s why I’m all up in your gril,l trying to get you to a hotel, you must be a football coach, the way you got me playin the field, so baby give me that toot toot, let me get me that beep beep. Runnin’ her hands thru my ‘fro, bouncin’ on 24, while they say on the radio: it’s the remix to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen, mama rollin’ that body, got every man in here wishin’, sippin’ on coke and rum. I’m like, so what I’m drunk: it’s the freakin’ weekend, baby, I’m about to have me some fun.
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