Archived entries for Media
(This is not Hamlet! Lets read and find out!)
You can hate it, you can love it.
But one thing is certain: Facebook is getting more and more popular every day.
Even the most stupid person becomes confident with the social network in few steps.
THIS MUST MEAN SOMETHING.
Forget all its dangerous social implications for a while (I.E. “Have the people become unable to have genuine relations in their real life?”, “Is Facebook just a way to be lazy at work?”, ” Does it create dependence?” Etc…) and let them to the thousands of psychologists, anthropologists and priests (!) who are already spending thier nights to solve the question.
The most authoritative Italian newspaper on Economics has dedicated its weekly special magazine to the phenomenon, trying to find out and explain the reasons of its success.
This made me realize, once again, that Communication, in all its forms, has no limits.
Communication, in all its forms, is not “good” or “bad” : It depends on how you use it.
The means in itself is just a means. When it becomes a purpose, the problems start.
On the other hand – and at the same time – the people (i.e. our “friends on Facebook) must always been considered “as an end and never merely as a means to an end”.
(Immanuel Kant docet, but he was not talking about Facebook!)
What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.
As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only “the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.
Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that
we feel like home
but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.
Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.
This is what I saw “Out there”.
This is how everything started. “Six Men Getting Sick” (or Six Figures Getting Sick), the color animated short film by David Lynch -described by himself as “57 seconds of growth and fire, and three seconds of vomit”, was made in 1966. It is also the first work of this master of surreal, nightmarish and dreamlike images.
The film cost $200 and was not intended to have any successors. It was merely an experiment on Lynch’s part because he wanted to see his paintings move. Then, just like that, it won the Academy’s annual film contest, leading to a commission and later on to a $5,000 grant from the American Film Institute to keep working.
The rest is history.
This movie came out a while ago, but I saw it just the other day.
It is about how a good idea and an attempt at doing something unique gets destroyed little by little because no one wants to take risks or challenge anyone. While this is not an original concept for a film, it is surprising that it is such a popular topic for comedies, The Extras is a great example of this, but yet it happens over and over again in real life. Is it ever going to change?
I’m in love with this vlog: a series of mini-concerts by amazing bands, mostly filmed on the streets of Paris and New York. The directors’ (such as Vincent Moon) love to get the bands in mundane places and physically awkward situations (a famous one is Sufjan Stevens perched on a rooftop).
Here’s probably the least known take-away, the lovely Ruby Suns from Auckland, playing on a traffic island, in Paris. They’re pretty used to small islands though, so it’s just another day at the office.
A new movie about the famous trial of the Chicago 7 (there was ten people originally involved).
From the Apple trailers website:
From his Academy Award-nominated “On the Ropes, to his singular blend of fact and legend in the Robert Evans portrait “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” Brett Morgen has explored increasingly provocative ways to transform documentary materials into new and exhilarating kinds of movies. CHICAGO 10 tells the story of the buildup and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy trial not as “history,” but as an electrifying experience felt with up-to-the- moment immediacy. Interweaving footage of the brutal clashes between police and demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic convention with 3-D animated reenactments of the outrageous trial that followed it, Morgen turns the audience into eyewitnesses of violent turmoil and absurdist spectacle. Set to a blazing soundtrack that ranges from Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf to the Beastie Boys and Eminem, “Chicago 10” is a stirring account of young Americans taking a stand in the face of an oppressive government—a story with deep resonance to the world of today.