Attack on Titan is unmissable

Attack on Titan is unmissable

Andrea Tuzio · 4 months ago · Art

If you are a fan of manga or anime, there is no need for me to remind you that the second part of the last season of one of the most watched and famous anime of recent years, Attack on Titan, has finally arrived. 
Unlike the other seasons (4 in all, the last of which is divided into two parts), available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, the Final Season Part 2 can be seen in Italy, in simulcast with Japan, on the platform Crunchyroll that has purchased the rights for our country. This, however, does not preclude the possibility that in the future it will also be uploaded on the American streaming platforms already mentioned.

On the occasion of the long-awaited second part of the final season – which will not be so final because it seems that the real ending will be seen in a feature film yet to be made – in Singapore was organized an exhibition dedicated to Attack on Titan.

On February 19 at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore will open the first exhibition in Southeast Asia dedicated to the manga/anime created by Japanese cartoonist Hajime Isayama.
A completely new way to discover and rediscover an incredible story that is absolutely worth knowing.
The exhibition will include 180 works including the first sketches and storyboards of Isayama himself since he began to think and work on the project until today, as well as unpublished drawings never shown to the general public.
The peculiarity of this exhibition is that it will be possible, for those who visit it, to approach the “journey” in a twofold way, you can in fact choose two different paths: the first as if the visitor was born inside the walls (those that defend the last bastion of humanity decimated by the arrival of the giants) or outside, proud of the city, before converging in a single final once the visit is over. 

As I said at the beginning, among you there will surely be someone who is far from the anime/manga world and, for this very reason, I decided to make you approach it and make you curious by telling you the story of Attack on Titan.

The work of the mangaka Hajime Isayama is a dark fantasy story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the surviving humanity lives within cities surrounded and fortified by giant defensive walls – which take inspiration from the German city of Nördlingen – to protect themselves from the giants, anthropomorphic creatures between 3 and 15 meters high (we will soon discover that there are actually much larger giants than that) with limited intelligence that attack humans to eat them, although apparently not needing food. 


The city, as I was saying, has huge concentric walls, 50 meters high, divided into three different types: the outermost wall, called Wall Maria; the central wall, called Wall Rose; and finally the inner wall, which protects the most important parts of the city, called Wall Sina. The walls have ensured peace for over a century but, as we discover in the first episode of the first season, things are about to change. 
To defend themselves, the men have established three military orders of protection: the Garrison Regiment, which includes the soldiers who defend the walls and cities; the Military Police, the section that regulates law and order within the cities and has the privilege of personally serving the king and operating within the first circle of walls and therefore safe; the Survey Corps, an organism composed of soldiers who instead venture beyond the walls to fight the giants in their territory, with the aim of discovering more about them, their origins, their weaknesses and find a way to defeat them permanently.

The incredible success of the manga, and consequently of the anime, is all in the uneasiness that permeates the entire work, also due to the peculiar setting of the story. The surviving humans are forced to live confined within completely closed cities, constantly waiting for an attack that could wipe out the last bastion of humanity still present on planet earth. The anime adaptation is an exciting, memorable, unpredictable work, “one of the best anime series of recent times”. The aspect that most strikes the viewer is the fighting, which is frenetic and extremely dynamic and spectacular.
A constant sense of realism makes us fully immerse ourselves in a perfectly characterized setting, and the investigation into the nature of man is deepened through the society in which he lives, in which classism and social Darwinism dominate and in which the characters are constantly forced to question their morality.

I don’t want to give you too many spoilers or info about the plot, because I would be doing you an injustice and that’s the last thing I want to do. What I do want to tell you is that, even if you don’t like anime and you’re far from the manga world, I strongly suggest you give Attack on Titan a chance because, as I wrote in the title, it’s simply unmissable. You’re welcome!

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“Okja” in ten frames

“Okja” in ten frames

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

Okja” is a 2017 film directed by Bong Joon-ho. Although it did not rake in awards like the subsequent “Parasite“, “Okja” ranks among the South Korean director’s best works and features an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film tells the story of a young girl who for most of her life has raised a genetically modified “super pig,” building a bond of mutual affection with him. But their lives are set to change drastically as the industry that actually created the animal must take it back to begin the slaughtering process.
This is an exposing film against the mistreatment of animals within the meat industry that manages to deal with the topic by focusing on empathy and friendship. For this very reason in 2019 it was named one of the most influential films of the decade by the New York Times. 

In “Okja,” the state of mind of the protagonist and her animal are reflected in the colors of the sets and the choices related to the cinematography, curated by Darius Khondji (Seven, Midnight in Paris, Uncut Gems), which manage to completely capture the viewer. 

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The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

You know the sky on certain summer days, when you couldn’t find a cloud miles away and everything above our heads is a delicate blue, the color of the sweetest of spun sugars? Illustrator Kento IIDA finds in this atmosphere of calm the inspiration for his works, images of tranquil landscapes but leaving an atmosphere of suspicion, as if something unforeseen will happen soon, or as if something unforeseen has just happened, far from the eyes of possible witnesses.
In these vignettes there are always elements or signs that suggest a movement that breaks the calm, sometimes the movement has already happened or is in progress, as in the case of cars launching from bridges or space missiles lifting angular clouds to the sky like marble sculptures.

Kento IIDA (who is based in Tokyo) incorporates elements of Japanese tradition in his illustrations, thus traditional buildings and views of snow-capped peaks that hint at Mount Fuji appear in these ambiguous scenes, as well as baseball players, a national sport in Japan and probably the artist’s favorite.
There are not only clear skies in the views, however; poetry is also provided by clouds, often single and isolated, or by gloomy skies that sound like an omen, in an increasingly suspended and uncertain time.

Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
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Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

Artistic expression is now no longer bound only to manual gesture, and in some cases not even to the artist’s choice. Vickie Vainionpää‘s works in fact follow that artistic strand in which works are the result of codes, of an algorithm that creates unpredictable solutions by reworking basic information. The Montreal-based artist creates his works through a generative code, which traces a certain number of points placed in a Cartesian plane.
The result is that of twisted shapes like guts or extraterrestrial organic creatures, in which even the color and shades are dictated by the generative code.

The forms are then the basis for oil paintings on canvas, in which the digital forms acquire a presence and matter through the texture of the support, the shadows and the layering of color. Some of these canvases are recently on display in New York at The Hole NYC gallery for the artist’s solo exhibition entitled “Software.”
In Vickie Vainionpää’s works, the relationship between man and machine merges, the physical and virtual experience become interconnected to the point of blurring the genesis of everything. Who creates? Who is created by whom? A series of questions that help read and complicate the present.

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Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al
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Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al

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Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Art

Arriving in the United States, in Los Angeles, to study at the University of Southern California, Stefano Vitale sought a way to express his hitherto unexpressed ideas using the skills he had at his disposal. Art began to figure as the most precise and sincere tool through which to do so, so he began a path that led him to a career as an established artist, thanks to his colorful and metaphysical illustrations, evocative of magical worlds in which nature dialogues with man, in which figures are suspended in mid-air in starry skies and under the hot Sicilian sun.

In the early years of his career, Stefano Vitale insists on a recurring subject, a one-eyed Madonna, a subject certainly influenced by the sacred iconography he studied and explored throughout his travels in Mexico and Central America. “I have always trusted popular art more than official art,” Vitale explains.
His look toward an elemental art is reflected in the style that uses simple lines, leaving the decorative component to color. The subjects are celebrations of joy or primal bonds such as that between mother and child or man and nature. Plants and leaves are superimposed on faces, while the sky is always a central subject of the compositions, signaled by the presence of bright stars or moons that make magical nights and sunsets.
Stefano Vitale’s work has then been linked for more than two decades by his collaboration with Donnafugata. For the Sicilian winery, the artist illustrates bottle labels, visually representing an imagery of flavors and smells that originates in Sicily, finds its inspiration from music and the Leopard, and seeps into sensory memory. Below are some of the labels created by Vitale for Donnafugata.

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Stefano Vitale | Collater.al
Stefano Vitale | Collater.al
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