Black Mirror has never been so close to reality

Black Mirror has never been so close to reality

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Many of us in recent months due to the pandemic and the lockdown imposed to prevent the advance of contagion thought to live an episode of the famous TV series produced by Netflix “Black Mirror”.

We saw robot dogs patrolling parks in Singapore, Apple and Google join forces to track users’ movements, drones patrolling streets, beaches and public places. Never before has reality been so surreal that it looks like an episode of Black Mirror.

Thus the Madrid-based Spanish agency “Brother Ad” launched an advertising campaign that can be found at bus stops in the Spanish capital, where it reads on a mirrored surface: “Black Mirror 6th season. Live now, everywhere”.

It’s been months since everything that happens in the world seems to be going through a long episode of Black Mirror,” comments the agency. “In Netflix, the fifth is the last season that you can watch, the sixth is happening in the real world”.

To see the sixth season on Netflix we still have to wait, Charlie Brooker – the creator of the series – said in a radio show that season 6 of the acclaimed dystopian television program is on hiatus.
Waiting for its release we just have to live it, in real life.

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Jorit pays homage to George Floyd with a mural in Naples

Jorit pays homage to George Floyd with a mural in Naples

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

On a still unknown terrace in Naples stands the new mural of Jorit, the Neapolitan street artist whose works have repeatedly attracted the attention of international audiences for the deep realism with which he addresses issues of social and political relevance.
Only in January, in fact, on a building in Barra, in the easternmost part of Naples, he had created a mural starring Martin Luther King, an icon of the struggle for the civil rights of African Americans in the United States in the ’60s.

Martin Luther King also appears in the mural on which the artist is working right now, and he does so by standing next to George Floyd, the African American citizen whose death at the hands of the white policeman Derek Chauvin has triggered protests throughout the country, but also in Europe and Italy where several demonstrations have been announced in the coming days.

Alongside George Floyd, who has become a symbol of the fight against racism and “white supremacy”, Lenin, Angela Davis and Malcolm X, of whom the artist, who used his social channels to communicate his new work, has posted some of the most famous quotes.

A riot is the language of the unheard – Martin Luther King

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MOUA, Museum of Underwater Art

MOUA, Museum of Underwater Art

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Just over a year ago, we told you about Coralarium, the project carried out by Jason deCaires Taylor to save the Maldives coral reef. In recent months, Jason deCaires Taylor’s interest and commitment have never waned, on the contrary, they led the artist to collaborate in the creation of the MOUA (Museum of Underwater Art), the first underwater museum in the southern hemisphere. 

Off the City of Townsville, in the northeastern part of Australia, under the surface of the ocean, there is a stainless steel structure called The Coral Greenhouse, which houses some sculptures made by Jason deCaires Taylor. 

The aim, also this time, is to fight the ever faster disappearance of the coral reef, offering the oceanic fauna a structure on which to develop that is not affected by man. 

In addition, the MOUA also consists of a single work placed above the surface of the water, supported on a pole. It is the Ocean Siren, a sculpture covered with LEDs that change color according to the temperature of the ocean: the colder it is, the more the light will turn blue and purple, the warmer it is, the more the lights will turn orange and red. This attention to water temperature comes from the fact that the increase in degrees in recent years has caused the loss of color of corals, now almost all of them become white. 

The opening to the public of the MOUA was supposed to take place last April, but due to the sanitary emergency, it has been moved to a date yet to be defined. We hope as soon as possible!

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The Home Stayer, the project by Luis Mendo

The Home Stayer, the project by Luis Mendo

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

We’re here to introduce you to another project that proves that although we spent over two months locked down in our homes, creativity hasn’t stopped traveling. Luis Mendo, graphic designer and art director, took advantage of the lockdown to create a personal work that represented his style and passions. 

The Home Stayer is the title of the project that led Luis to create covers for an imaginary magazine. 

The reference to The New Yorker and its iconic covers is clear, in fact, Luis Mendo’s project wants to be a tribute to the famous magazine, but in his project the main subject is one and only one: the houses and the life inside them. 

As the artist himself has specified, in this period of lockdown, our houses have turned into small towns where you can rest, work, train, relax, experiment new hobbies. This sudden change in lifestyle and home spaces united the whole world, for a short time in every place in the world people were living the same way and the home of one became the home of all. 

Precisely for this reason the covers of The Home Stayer do not belong to a specific place and at the same time they belong to every place. 

For the moment Luis Mendo has made six covers, but the project is not finished yet, so if you want to discover the next ones follow him on Instagram

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Skoda shot three commercials in the house with toy cars

Skoda shot three commercials in the house with toy cars

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 weeks ago · Art

The advertising industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, those who still do advertising have struggled to adapt to the completely new environment, including the severe restrictions on production.

But creativity has not gone into quarantine, in fact the Czech car company, founded in 1923 in Plzen, Skoda together with directors From Form, Johan Kramer and Steffen Haars shot three different commercials at home with toy cars. Miniature SUVs run between the saloon, kitchen, jumping over obstacles and combining various troubles.

Most people are now trying to find a way to work from home undisturbed. Because wherever you look, distractions are there. That’s what inspired the Dutch producer to depict a father of a family, who’s continually being distracted by a small toy car, specifically a KODIAQ. ‘I was curious what it will be like to work with a small crew consisting of myself and my girlfriend. She was the one who held and focused the camera when I was acting in a shot. Other than that, I was shooting – doing so after eleven years was great and I enjoyed it a lot!’ Steffen says.

His name is Paco. This four-legged member of Johan Kramer’s – the Dutch commercial and film icon – family was the centrepiece of a story featuring a KAROQ toy car. ‘Limitations are always great for creativity. I loved that. What impressed me was that ŠKODA wanted to craft something home-made; something with a feel and a recognisable setting everyone can currently identify with. The number of people involved was also minimal compared to the usual shooting: this time, it was just me and my oldest daughter. And Paco the dog of course. We even had to make our own coffee on set – director, camera crew and catering all in one. Wonderful!’ says Kramer, admitting that he really enjoyed the shooting

The studio founded by a Dutch duo Jurjen Versteeg and Ashley Govers used the above-mentioned frame-by-frame shooting technique for their clip, too. They admit to having decided to play with proportions, which is also a key element of their other work. Connecting real household items, a human hand and a toy allowed them to create a feeling of a ‘real’ car commercial. ‘It brought us back to childhood. If someone had told us not long ago that we’d be shooting a car chase for a real car manufacturer, we wouldn’t have believed at all,’ they say.

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