Constellation, the Festival that combines art and technology

Constellation, the Festival that combines art and technology

Collater.al Contributors · 7 months ago · Art

Constellations is the digital arts festival that takes place in the city of Metz from 20 June to 7 September, for three years now.

The installations and projects of the artists involved in it are able to build parallel dimensions which is possible to visit  thanks to three main courses offered to the public: Digital Stones, Street Art and Art and Gardens.

Let’s starting from the first.

The Pierres Numériques course invites the public to make a nocturnal journey to discover the architectural heritage of the city, including installations and projections that combine art and technology.

The artist Vincent Masson stands out the mighty Saint-Etienne cathedral with a mapping named Morphosis that defines the polymorphic character of the building, all this accompanied by a musical and animated narration to tell the most important events that marked the history of the city.

With the Vivam Memoriam project by Romain Tardy we arrive at the heart of the event, a sound and light show that takes place in New Temple, one of the most important Protestant buildings of neo-Romanic architecture, which celebrates the end of the digital age.

Being crossed by the Moselle canal, for the city of Meltz water is a primary and important source, so that the artist Joanie Lemercier has chosen to present his work Constellations on a water drops screen, which projections of lights create three-dimensional images that carry us through the rhythm of music between planets and stars.

In the cloister, which host the House of the Region, usually closed to the public, Olivier Ratsi presents Frame Perspective. It covers the four corridors of the construction of red rectangular neon lights that light up one after the other to offer a staging out of time.

The Basilica of San Vincenzo has been a desacralized monument since 2012, and the artist Guillaume Marmin with the agency TETRO have chosen to present their work in “1.3 seconds”. In addiction to being the title of the project, it is also the length of time that light takes to travel between the Earth and the Moon.

Each of these installations, and many others will carry you to a space never seen before.

With 950,000 visitors for the second edition, Constellations has been recognized as the summer art festival to discover absolutely.

Text by: Giordana Bonanno

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Pride: the 5 films that celebrate the universal love

Pride: the 5 films that celebrate the universal love

Giulia Guido · 7 months ago · Art

My Beautiful Laundrette

Omar, a young Pakistani, manages to convince his uncle to let him run his old laundry. Johnny, played by a young Daniel Day-Lewis, helps him with the renovation and start-up of his new business. Their friendship will soon turn into a love story told with simplicity, without great romantic gestures, without epic scenes, but with the same shamelessness that has a love that is forced to grow in a context in which it is hardly contemplated. 

My Beautiful Laundrette, outré to deal with the theme of homosexual love, gives us a glimpse of London during the Thatcher government and of the life of the Pakistani community in the capital. 

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Milk

We can’t help but mention Milk, the biographical film about the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly declared gay man to hold a public office in America. The director is played by Sean Penn, who, thanks to his extraordinary performance, won the Oscar for Best Actor. 

The strength of this film lies in the choice of director Gus Van Sant to focus not only on the private life of the protagonist but to emphasize and recreate the American political atmosphere of the ’70s, witnessing a period of social change and ideologies. 

“His life changed history. His courage changed lives.”

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The Danish Girl 

We continue with another biographical film that tells a story even before that of Milk. We are in the 1920s in Denmark and follow the story of Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander). Their marriage, and their lives, change when she asks her husband to pose for a painting instead of a dancer. It is at this moment that Einar understands that something in him is changing, indeed, that something that has always been latent in the depths of his heart is surfacing. 

Einar Wegener is the first person in history to be identified as a transsexual, in fact, after 5 operations (in the film they are less) and lengthy negotiations, she was officially recognized by the state as a woman, or as Lili Elbe. 

The Danish Girl is a must-see, both for its important history and for the brilliant performance of both leading actors. 

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Call Me By Your Name

What list would you be without Call Me By Your Name? The film that won Italian director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino an Oscar for Best Non-original Screenplay. This is perhaps the film that took the theme of homosexual love to another level. That between Elio and Oliver is a love story told without stereotypes and with simplicity, a summer love capable of upsetting an entire life. 

Call Me By Your Name to see for dozens and dozens of reasons, from the perfection of the script to the fantastic Italian landscapes that frame it, to the heartfelt and profound interpretations of both Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. 

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Brokeback Mountain

Let’s close with a beautiful story of troubled and suffering love, that between Ennis and Jack, which makes Brokeback Mountain one of the best movies that deal with the theme of homosexual love. 

The strength of this film is to tell a love story, with its obstacles and its romantic moments, but also to set the whole story during the ’60s, in Wayoming and play on the contrast between the common thought of society at that time and the feelings between the two protagonists. 

We are not saying that the film has been a huge success among the public, making it one of those masterpieces always current and that never go out of fashion, but also a great critical success, coming to win three Oscars. 

If we have not yet managed to convince you, maybe the names of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger will do so. 

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Jen Mann, between obsession for social and pop-culture

Jen Mann, between obsession for social and pop-culture

Claudia Fuggetti · 7 months ago · Art

The works of the artist Jen Mann, are not only beautiful to look at, but represent the key points of his research that concern us very closely: from our generation’s obsession with social media, to the influence of pop-culture in our lives.

Throughout her artistic career, Jen has developed multiple bodies of work by stratifying these themes, creating medium to large oil paintings on canvas. She also uses digital references to create hyper-realistic worlds, using the photos she takes herself.

Colour saturation is one of the distinctive traits of her style and should be interpreted as an element that separates images from reality and adds a strong “pop art”/”Instagram filter” component.

In addition to colors, Jen Mann’s paintings also use some social languages, such as the one that involves inserting a text under certain images, very popular on Instagram.

Beyond the pleasant aesthetic practice, the artist’s work wants to question the idea of reality and make us reflect on how we perceive our identity in the post-internet culture.

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Jen Mann, tra ossessione per i social e popculture | Collater.al
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Jen Mann, tra ossessione per i social e popculture | Collater.al
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Fintan Magee, spectacular and hyper-realistic murals

Fintan Magee, spectacular and hyper-realistic murals

Claudia Fuggetti · 7 months ago · Art

The artist Fintan Magee was born in Australia in 1985 in Lismore and today is considered one of the most talented street artists in the world. Growing up in Brisbane, he was already famous in the street scene even before graduating in fine arts. His story is that of the classic child prodigy, but unlike many others, he was strongly supported by his family that has always encouraged his artistic inclination.

In addition to Fintan’s undeniable ability to render every image with great credibility and realism, he himself defined the focus of his work as follows:

“My task is to explore loss, memory and show how a new reality to which we are accustomed can be created in the environment. I love to paint on the street, because art integrates with everyday life, stimulating people to have an opinion on it”.

Street art becomes the most powerful means to convey messages, to pull the plug from reality and above all, to reflect: the artist is interested in current themes and topics, enhanced by his figurative style that has the characteristic of being conceived on a large scale.

Follow Fintan Magee on Instagram hereand don’t miss our gallery.

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Fintan Magee, murales spettacolari ed iperrealistici | Collater.al
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All the must-see July Netflix films and tv series

All the must-see July Netflix films and tv series

Giulia Guido · 7 months ago · Art

Discover the most interesting tv series and films that you can watch on Netflix on July.

The Last Czars: two years ago people started talking about a series that told the story of the Russian royal family, then, after a series of rumours, the silence, only a few weeks ago came the confirmation from Netflix. The Last Czars will be a docu-series that in 6 episodes will retrace the events that led to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, father of the famous Anastasia, and the subsequent February Revolution, in 1918. 

Expectations for this docu-series are very high, also given the success of another show focused on the history of a royal family, The Crown. 

The Last Czars will be available from July 3rd

Stranger Things 3: This is perhaps the most anticipated original Netflix TV series of the year. In this third season the protagonists are growing up and facing adolescence, they are consolidating their friendship and going through their first falls in love. Despite the summer and the carefree attitude, in Hawkins the evil doesn’t end, but changes. So Eleven and his friends will be forced to fight against new and terrifying threats. 

All 8 episodes of Stranger Things 3 will be available from July 4

La Casa de Papel – part 3: The Spanish TV series is, with Stranger Things, the flagship product of the streaming platform. Precisely for this reason could not end with a simple bowels all happy and millionaires. After all, if you’ve just done a billion euro robbery you can’t think of getting away with it very easily. 

For now we know that Rio will be captured by the police and, to save him, the Professor’s gang will gather. There will be new faces, but we will also find some old friends. 

La Casa de Papel part 3 will count 8 episodes that will be available from July 19

Orange is the New Black: With July 2019 ends one of the first Netflix productions that over the years has won both consents and awards. The sixth season ended with Piper leaving the maximum security prison, so in the next season we’ll see her face the return to life while, of course, within the prison the daily life goes on without her. We expect all the events, both her and Alex’s, Taystee and Cindy’s and the other girls’, to close at their best, or at least as we would like.

The final season of Orange is the New Black will be released on July 26.

Kengan Ashura: If you’re not convinced yet and your tastes are not so mainstream, by the end of the month Netflix has a real gem in store. The anime series is inspired by the comic strip series published in Japan in 27 volumes. The protagonist is Tokita Ouma, nicknamed Ashura, and during the episodes we follow his adventures and exploits against fearsome opponents. 

If you’ve never been a fan of the genre, Kengan Ashura is likely to change your mind. The first season will be available from July 31.

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