Il Gattopardo

In “Il Gattopardo” (The Leopard) Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa writes:

“Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come è, bisogna che tutto cambi”

(Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same)

Tancredi, Prince Fabrizio di Salina’s young and ambitious nephew, tells his uncle this sentence before leaving the palace to join Garibaldi in the Thousand Battle that freed Sicily from Bourbons.

Tancredi warns his uncle that in order to keep his status quo it is necessary to take the side of Change and Progress, then the current system can find undisturbed continuity.

Benjamin Bratton takes apart and unfolds for us one of these status quo holders

and portrays for us the real under the veil .


Rene Magritte, The Lovers, 1928


Mystic realities

In 1935 Carlo Belli urged to look at the real mystically, i.e. to look at the real beyond its phenomenal appearance for is noumenal content.

Our lives are designed so that perception loops around quick sights. Thoughts, social communication and dwellings are limited to the realm of the ‘Few Words’. This ‘processed’  reality lays on the pivotal value of axioms, or ideals by which we read the real.

Ideals are mirrors of the self, which pre package in small bags pieces of the real so that we can easily swallow it without too much effort.

Slavoj Žižek is capable of giving us a great picture of this ‘processed real’ through his pop vision,

which unfolds and unravel the mesh to give us the possibility to gain a mystical look.

Will be performance the Other glasses by which we break ideals?


It is just my face

In these days Sochi is under the media eye, also for the Olympics … besides other traveling details.

In The Guardian Architectural Blog Oliver Wainwright tells about the ‘Selfie Pavilion’ where RGB- LED lights changes the flat facade into the volumetric shape of your gigantic 3D face. People can have an interactive souvenir of themselves. They didn’t just went to Sochi to see the Olympics, they had the experience of being part of the Olympic entertainment.

Cool, what I am wondering is,

where all these data will go?

The pavilion is sponsored by a mobile phone giant, which, by definition, already posses tons of people information, which now can perfectly match face detection technologies..

I do hope that techno and human right lawyers will start soon to issue data protection rights, else our society will be just a big performance orchestrated by multinational enterprises.

Trending kernels

Playtime makes you wonder through a dark space where glowing overlapping images engage you in the projected story by letting you decide how you want to see it. Different details are placed in the space so that you can’t see them altogether. This cinematic performance doesn’t give you rest; you have, and want, to follow what’s going on.

For its multi sensorial form of experience Playtime makes your body physically react to the projected content, which, per se, portrays a paradox.

Art is one of the strongest pulse that makes money and its market perfectly matches capitalist logics.

What is art? What is capitalism?

According to David Harvey Capitalism is like gravity, you can’t see it but you feel it.

Where this crisis is heading to? Which hopes, desires and passions we have left?

The sequence of videos, from the ground floor ephemeral academic utopia to the first floor tangent reality, give you the opportunity to take time to see what happened to our society since October 2008.

In Latin  word “crisis” means transition.

Is the crisis of the Capital a phenomenological effect of the broken order that run our society since Modernism?

Isaac Julien gives us time to think about it.