IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME
IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
What is your present state of mind? Hyperactive.
Fight the Power or Power the fight? Fight always, not necessarily against the power as such, but for justice.
If not yourself, who would you be? Skin from Skunk Anansie, because of her androgynous beauty and her immense talent.
What is time? A battle and accomplishments.
Do you have faith? Yes, in people.
Where are you now? In Milan.
Your sliding doors? I choose not to indulge too much in the past, and to focus on what is to come.
Your butterfly effect? I am not that pretentious. In absolute terms, we all create a butterfly effect through our interactions with other people, right?
How is culture “infected”? I don’t see it so much as being infected but rather forgotten.
What art do you have in your living room? More than artwork I have design objects. But if I could have anything I would like to cover the walls in my house with Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings.
Your favorite heroine? Orlando(hero/heroine).
3 books that changed your life? It is going to be hard to boil it down to three books, but I will try: Huis Clos (No Exit) by Èmile Sartre, Se questo è un uomo (If This is a Man) by Primo Levi and Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk.
What would you like to toast to? It might sound boring, but right now, I would like to be able to toast to the development of a successful vaccine.
Your greatest accomplishment? Being forthright, I cannot stand people who are not honest.
In which restaurant would you want to eat your last supper and what would you order? A seaside restaurant. I would order a fish fillet with herbs, roast potatoes, and a Sachertorte cake.
Looking at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? A lucky woman, who’s time is passing by and that brings a certain security.
Your biggest regret? More than a regret a desire: I would like to be able to talk to my father again.
Your ideal view? easide, in any season.
Who is your favorite artist that nobody has heard of? One that I am looking out for in the new generation.
Which artist should everyone know before the age of 18? David Bowie.
You are organizing a dinner party, which 3 people would you invite (dead or alive)? Jack Nicholson, Giovanna Botteri and Banksy.
Which books are on your nightstand? The Party by Katie Ashley.
Yin or Yang? Both.
Your favorite Exhibition? The exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier at the London Barbican in 2015, and always the Venice Biennale.
Your favorite Museum? The Mass Moca in Berkshire, Massachusetts.
Your favorite Curator? Andrea Lissoni.
Who is winning: the streets or the institutions? These days they seem to blend.
Who do you dislike? People who don’t take responsibility for their own actions and don’t respect others, and those who are not kind towards others – kindness is to be cherished.
Your myths? Achille Castiglioni.
One film that changed your life? “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” directed by Miloš Forman.
Your idea of misery? The one described by Goffredo Parise, which isn’t the lack of necessities, but being selective in your choices. There is value in that. More generally, it is a word that we are all scared of because it brings up scenes that are all too familiar these days and I don’t want to be disrespectful.
Your disguise? I am afraid I don’t have one.
Your idea of mystery? Talk less?
Your favorite hero? Orlando (hero/heroine).
The theme song to your life? “Simpathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.
Your enemy? Gluttony.
Your favorite drink? Diet Coke.
If you could choose, how would you like to die? Probably without realizing I am dying.
Your motto? Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
Barbara Trebitsch is a fashion designer and Academic Programmes Director of Rome’s Accademia Costume & Moda. Previously she was the Senior Head of Academic Projects at the Domus Academy and NABA and Dean of the Global Art and Design Academy (GADA) in East China Normal University (ECNU).