cmqmartina is a human being and proves it with “123 medicine”

cmqmartina is a human being and proves it with “123 medicine”

Cristiano Di Capua · 7 months ago · Art

Writing about one’s weaknesses unfiltered is one of the most difficult things for human beings to do. Yet cmqmartina (born Martina Sironi, class of ’99) has succeeded in doing it to a tee. Available from Friday 13 her new single “123 medicine” for Columbia Records\Sony Music Italy, tells about how important it is to exorcise one’s weaknesses by talking about them, making them small and helpless. Intrigued by the person and her great attachment to music (especially electronic music), we asked her a few questions about this single and future projects involving her.

Hi Martina, let’s start right away with a very simple but never obvious question. How are you doing?

How am I doing? Interesting question, no one ever asks me that in interviews – laughs – I’m caught up in so many things, I have a really hectic life right now, so I don’t even have time to stop and actually figure out how I’m doing. I’m definitely in a good moment, I have to say. There are so many things in the pipeline that you will then get to know with time.

After your album “DISCO 2,” the single “123 medicine” marks a new phase in your project. What should we expect from this new chapter? Give us some spoilers, what’s in the pot?

It is really a new chapter. “123 medicine” is a different piece, written piano voice, with which I feel a strong emotional connection. The producers I worked with then helped me build this wonderful palace, if we can call it that. Even on a structural level it’s different, it’s a constant crescendo of music and feeling. All the new music I am making and will make will definitely be experimental, but still my own-a natural evolution.
Between trap drums, recorded violins and a variety of synths, we really put ourselves out there. Basically one of the goals in my artistic journey is to put myself out there, and with this piece I’m really doing that. Also thanks to the producer Mr. Monkey I was able to write in new ways and I’m very happy about that.

The track on listening comes across as intimate and delicate, without ever losing that electronic contamination that has always been present in your music. In this case, more than ever, it is glaring that you wrote this piece out of your own personal need. Do you consider music an art that can overcome your inner weaknesses?

Absolutely, writing for me is very therapeutic. This piece in particular was more so than the others. The theme of medication/anxiety/depression I live it every day, think that “123 Medications” I wrote in one night, more difficult than the others, but also because of that I am very happy with the result we got. I feel it very much my own.

As I mentioned, there is always an electronic side to your music. In your life, how much weight has club music had?

Definitely important. I actually got to know club music and that whole world quite late, I was never one of those little girls who always went to clubs (my mother wouldn’t let me go to places like that). Then in Milan I got to know, also thanks to my friends, many different and at the same time quiet places. Many of my happiest memories are precisely those involving sounds and friends. When I discovered all this world I tried to bring it into my music, make it more my own and usable. There was just a moment when I combined the two and cmqmartina was born. I would like to make people who come to my concerts feel the same way I feel when I go to clubs: free, happy, with the desire to dance even with strangers, without problems.

Live shows are starting up again and we will definitely see you on stages around Italy. How important is the live dimension in your music and how do you live that experience?

Actually, I tell you, I’m not one of those people who started playing live right away. X Factor, from this point of view, helped me understand all the dynamics that accompany the live dimension, it was a real school for me. To this day, on stage I vent so much and I’m comfortable with it, I make it my own. Gradually I feel that I am evolving, I can feel calm and loose even in front of so many people. I like to improvise, get carried away by the things around me. I would tell you that I’m very instinctive on stage, which I couldn’t do before, but with time I’ve learned to really appreciate it.

cmqmartina is a human being and proves it with “123 medicine”
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Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Giulia Guido · 1 min ago · Photography

What happens to society if suddenly the status quo changes? Swedish director Ruben Östlund‘s answer is called Triangle of Sadness. 

Triangle of Sadness was presented during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Palme d’Or for best film. Since then its success has crossed all borders. From Sweden to France, from France to the world, abetted by a trailer that in just a few seconds already manages to capture the viewer’s attention and catapult them into this critique of modern society watered by champagne and vomit. 

Carl and Yaya are two models who decide to take a luxury cruise. During the vacation they get to know the other passengers, without ever really relating to them, until at one point the ship sinks and the survivors find themselves on a deserted island. It is at this point that a role reversal begins, and those who were previously at the top of the social pyramid now find themselves having to work for the only people who really know how they can survive in that circumstance. Some will be able to forget the luxury and adapt to the new status quo, others less so, but the more days go by the more the transformation from human to beast takes place. 

Ruben Östlund, however, decides not to take sides and leaves it up to the viewer to decide whether this process of decivilization will be finished or whether there is still hope in human consciousness. 

In sharp contrast to the brutality and cynicism of the plot we find a clean and elegant aesthetic, also the child of the work of Fredrik Wenzel, a Swedish cinematographer who also collaborated with Luca Guadagnino on the miniseries We Are Who We Are. Thus, the more critical the situation becomes the more beautiful the image becomes, mesmerizing the viewer. 

One piece of advice, however, I will leave you with: watching Triangle of Sadness after dinner may not be the best idea. 

Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  
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Search for truth and fiction – interview with Enrico Costantini

Search for truth and fiction – interview with Enrico Costantini

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

We intercept Enrico Costantini in one of the few breaks between trips, when the photographer, a “nomad” as he calls himself, recharges his batteries before returning to observe the world from his point of view, which like photography is truth and fiction. Travel and photography for Enrico Costantini are tools through which we can be part of something that does not belong to us but that we can make our own for an instant.
Curious to understand how his relationship with the camera comes about and to discover some secrets with respect to his many travels over the years, Collater.al had a chat with Enrico.

How did you get into photography?
Actually it was accidental! I went to an art school in Venice and then continued my studies in Rome where I majored in interior design. I got into the world of fashion and then from there into photography. I bought my first SLR camera when I was 20 years old and started experimenting. I have always had a strong connection with the value of “memory,” and from there perhaps comes my collecting nature. Sometimes one takes photographs out of fear of forgetting or fear of being forgotten. Now I experience photography as a chance to tell without having to use too many words, sometimes through a photo one can steal a moment of someone else’s life and make it one’s own, leaving instead something of our own, of one’s own experience.

With your photographs you take us to faraway places like Socotra, Cuba, Oman, the Philippines and many others. What stories are you looking for? What stories do you want to tell?
Before embarking on a new journey, you never really know what’s coming. I like to reach remote and unspoiled destinations. Perhaps what I really go in search of is authenticity. Similarly, I love architecture and design, so any destination that includes at least one of these components becomes a source of stimulation and research for me.

It goes without saying that while traveling you have very different equipment at your disposal from what that a studio photographer has. What, in your opinion, is the equipment needed for this type of photography?
Personally, as a photographer, I use only natural light. I love natural light and capturing its many and varied nuances. Each moment is never similar to its previous one. That said, I usually travel rather lightly if you can call it that. However, I like to carry several cameras with me. I would say that in this case there is no real need but certainly do not underestimate to equip yourself with multiple batteries and sufficient memory, admittedly in certain travel conditions it helps a lot to save precious time.

Is there a shot you are particularly fond of? Tell us about it.
I don’t think there is one particular shot that I am fond of. Probably in general to all the
shots related to my first reportage trip to Asia. A trip that lasted 4 months from New Delhi to Hong Kong passing 7 states, over 10,000 km on the road. It was my first overseas trip, I was 23 years old, and it was my first real experience where I found myself reporting on the people the places the situations I encountered on my way. It gave me a lot. These are shots that although very simple and of not so good technical achievement, every time I see them again, they arouse something very deep in me.

Search for truth and fiction – interview with Enrico Costantini
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Search for truth and fiction – interview with Enrico Costantini
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“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Photography

The female nude body in the photographic shots of Alina Gross becomes an element far from any erotic representation, or rather the language of photography facilitate the attempt to evoke the ambivalences of sexuality and gender.
The Ukrainian photographer and now based in Germany brings to mind erotic elements through the associations of natural shapes and elements, combining them to create an imperfect beauty, the “Beauty of Imperfection” that is also the title of her latest artbook as well as the project the artist has been pursuing for the past four years.
Alina Gross does not show a univocal beauty – and figure of women – to be told only through traditional canons of beauty, but expands the meaning of forms, thanks also to a pictorial rendering of bodies, aided by the use of color that often sprinkles the skin. The disturbing effect of viewing naked parts is not masked, Gross however invites the viewer to review the mental process of analyzing reality and its definition, which leads to breaking down dizzying barriers.

Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross
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“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Don’t Worry Darling is one of those cases where one watches the film more out of curiosity than healthy interest. The film, which arrived in theaters last Sept. 22 and was presented at the Venice Film Festival last Sept. 5, began to be talked about long before the trailer, teaser and first photos from the set. 

In fact, the controversies began right at the beginning of filming, when Olivia Wilde, who signs off as director, fired Shia LaBeouf, justifying this decision to the actor’s method of working, which according to Wilde did not fit her modus operandi.
Olivia Wilde’s problems also continued with the leading lady, Florence Pugh, with whom she seems to have had several tensions (never publicly confirmed).
Rounding out this complicated production phase came the director’s choice to replace LaBeouf with then-partner Harry Styles

Inevitably, all these events also took their toll on the promotion phase, which, however, shifted the focus from the actual film to pure gossip. 

A shame? Perhaps not. 

Alice and Jack Chambers are a happily married couple living in Victory, an experimental 1950s community where the men spend all day at work, while the women take care of the house, and then spend their free time with their neighbors. Something suddenly changes, however, and Alice begins to feel constrained in that life, with an increasing desire to discover what lies beyond the city limits. This is the plot, which in itself also hides something potentially interesting, unfortunately it is the development that is lacking. It’s like when teachers in school used to say “he has potential but he doesn’t apply himself.” 

Of all that Don’t Worry Darling puts on the table-which seems more like a need for redemption on Wilde’s part-something is saved and it is the reason why the film lets you watch it to the end: the aesthetics

In fact, the director used the work of Matthew Libatique, an American cinematographer and regular collaborator of Darren Aronofsky, to take care of the photography. In nearly three decades of work, Libatique has handled the cinematography for such films as Requiem for a Dream and The Black Swan, experience that led him to be prepared for the eerie reality brought to the big screen in Don’t Worry Darling. It is immediately noticeable how the warm light that illuminates the entire town becomes cold and gloomy when Alice is alone with herself, and becomes colder and colder as time passes. The use of light, then, goes hand in hand with the colors of the places: for example, the bathroom tiles are green, reminiscent of hospital uniforms. 

For this reason, it was particularly difficult to select only 10 frames from the film, which perhaps focused heavily on aesthetics and too little on content. 

“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 
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“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 
“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 
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