Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Collater.al Contributors · 9 months ago · Photography

We are in Milan, in Corso Sempione 33. In 1953 the architect Piero Bottoni designed the INA Palace, which is much more than a simple building, it’s a proposal for a new way of living the city life, where the private space is combined with the public space: the terrace, the commercial ground floor, shops, offices, a communal garden… A very innovative project at that time, with two different facades, a rationalist and an expressionist one. Here on the ground floor Stefano Branca di Romanico opened Galera San Soda, and after the first exhibition by Goswin Schwendinger, he’s now presenting Louis De Belle’s first exhibition titled “Contemporary Elderly”. A project about the third age’s aesthetics

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Contemporary Elderly is a series of colorized photographs of older people shot in the streets of Milano. An insight into the status of senior citizens in modern times, through close-up crops on postures, clothing details and specific gestures, emphasized by the selective process of colorization – a method of manually adding color to a black-and-white photograph.

We asked Louis De Belle some questions about his work.

What is the colorization technique?

The photos are taken in black and white, then digitally colored. It’s a technique from the past that we decided to re-use in a contemporary way. The result are 14 images, in which the spot colors merge with the image, keeping shadows and light.

Where did you take it?

I tried to go to the places most frequented by this generation: markets, bars like La Coloniale or Marchesi where they meet to drink a “bianchino” or a coffee. We are in normal contexts, the intention was to portray people of this age because they often seem to have appeared in our daily life, but here they are the protagonists.

How did you approach them? How did you photograph them?

Walking down the street in Milan in the summertime, trying to find them in a natural way: the people are never posing, it’s street photography, which nevertheless rises to another level due to colorization. In each image, there are never more than three colors.

“Contemporary Elderly” is an exclusive project for Galera San Soda?

Yes, Stefano and I share a curiosity for the third age. The work is a celebration of our friendship but it’s also linked to the city of Milan and to this rationalist building…to the innovative life proposed by Piero Bottoni.

…And the blue carpet?

The carpet in the collective imagination is an old element, the idea was to use a material that led back to the cliché of an elder’s apartment. We have chosen a blue that changes the space but remains detached: it’s a calm and safe color, which allows images to float in a monochromatic space.

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How did you print the photos?

They are UV prints on plexiglass. It’s a perfect support to the colorization, with plexiglass there’s no glass and so there’s no reflection, it’s plastic, a pop material. The polished aluminum frames bind to the interior layout starting from the INA building fixtures up to the gallery furnishings.

Steno, how did the idea of ​​the third age come out?

It was 10 years ago, our relationship was about music and then we went further. At 21 we liked to emulate the elderly, followed routines, Gilbert & George were our points of reference. When I returned to Milan after London I opened the gallery and wanted to do an exhibition with Louis to close the circle and return to our common passion. The selection process was complicated because many photos did not do justice to the final series, we want to praise and not do something tragicomic, we wanted to evoke an apparatus of sensations linking them to the gesture of the body.

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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Vinilica vol. 60 – Canova

Vinilica vol. 60 – Canova

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Music

A song in its own sentimental way that celebrates attachment to life, a choral song that anticipates the release of the band’s long-awaited third album. Canova‘s new song was written during the lockdown, at a time when uncertainty and hope alternated uncontrolled.

The new single by Canova “Tutti uguali” for Maciste Dischi, a choral and somehow positive song, antidote to this uncertainty, born in a few minutes, is out today. “Don’t hurt me, I can’t breathe” are George Floyd’s terrible last words, known to everyone, added to the song in the days following May 25th.

“Tutti Uguali” is just one of the pearls that have anticipated the release of the next Canova album in recent months. As always exclusively for Collater.al Mag they created a playlist that inspired the band during the writing of the song.

In this playlist there are the songs and sounds that have accompanied us in these months of lockdown and during the writing of the song

Photo credits: Chiara Mirelli

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La musique électronique, five questions to Fhin

La musique électronique, five questions to Fhin

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Music

In France, they would say “Là c’est la cerise sur le gâteau“, a common expression that in English is literally translate with “the icing on the cake.”. Undoubtedly this is how the music of the young French artist Fhin, a rising star of electronic music, is identified.

Author-composer, performer and producer of his songs, Fhin proposes music that mixes neo-soul, progressive/alternative and electronic influences. This syncretism, tinged with a romantic touch and hypnotic grooves, is an invitation to dream, a cardinal notion in the conception of his repertoire. Trauma is Fhin’s first album and collects songs that are to date his most personal, a reflection of his history and his universe.

We asked Fhin 5 questions to get to know him better, to get to know his “traumas” and delve into his very personal world.

The word ‘trauma’, at least in Italian has a precise meaning, can you explain us something more about its origins and the birth of your upcoming album?Traumas are generally seen and felt as conclusions of really bad events. I think it is also a powerful thing to understand, accept and dominate to learn to live with.It is a print in each one of us, it forges personality and makes you who you are. Trauma is something you didn’t died from, it is a proof that life is precious and fragile.For the first time in that album, I wrote a lot about my childhood, mostly on a time during which I was hospitalized to remove a tumour in my spine and lung. It was not something terrible to live, I was young and naive, but i’m conscious about the luck I had to be able to walk again and everything. I often think about those memories and it will always be there somewhere in my mind.

I’m sure you could see it coming, but being Italian I must ask, is there an Italian artist of the past or present that you particularly like or that you would like to work with? 
The first Italian artist I heard and blew my mind it was Giovanni Giorgio, with his amazing soundtrack for Midnight express. He also made an awesome work on Random Access Memories. Legend!

You come from a family of musicians who play different instruments, from your mother who plays the piano very well, to your grandparents who were pianists and an opera singers on one of the biggest transatlantic liners in France, how did you approach electronic music that seems so far from the influences you received? 
Actually I’ve never learned music theory, my parents are crazy about music but didn’t put me in classes etc. I was on drums really young, and learned guitar, piano, by trying to reproduce what I was listening to. Then electronic music came naturally as I wanted to record on my computer, and was listening to a lot of new styles of music on blogs etc.

Where does the stage name Fhin come from? Why did you choose it?
I just liked how it sounded and was written. The first Idea came from Pink Floyd’s “Thin Ice”. And it approximately means the same thing in french and english when you say it, so.. voilà ! 

To conclude, it’s been a long time since your last album, what can we expect? What are your feelings?
With this one, I absolutely didn’t bother about the way I should make music so this person likes it, and this one will like it…  I didn’t want to release a corporate album with a single musical signature, one mood, like a lot of albums that are released. I think it is a heritage of old ways to produce music, when we were hiring musicians to build the album, one sound engineer, one studio. Everything on the album was then sounding a bit the same. Now we can do absolutely anything we want with an audio interface and a laptop, I think it is boring to stick to one mood/genre. So everything you will here comes straight from my heart, and there are a lot of different vibes!

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Kids See Ghosts the animated series by Takashi Murakami

Kids See Ghosts the animated series by Takashi Murakami

Emanuele D'Angelo · 5 days ago · Music

On 8 June 2018, Kanye West and Kid Cudi offered the world the Kids See Ghosts collaborative project, a sound journey designed to influence international music with its sounds.

And while the album just celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month, the two artists just surprised their fans.
After signing the artwork for the project, Japanese artist Murakami is said to have created an audiovisual work linked to Kids See Ghosts, in which we find the legendary Kanye bear (designed in 2007 by Muramaki for graduation) and Kid Cudi in the shape of a fox. The two rappers obviously lend their voices to these fictional characters, who seem to be unleashed in dreamlike and psychedelic adventures, just like the ghostly sounds of Kids See Ghosts.
Now, the question remains whether the cartoon will be a short film, a mini-series or a real movie. The West-Cudi-Murakami trio will surely have other nice surprises in store.

Waiting to discover all the details and what this magic has reserved for us on an album that still records almost three million monthly listenings, we just have to look at the trailer in order to deceive the wait.

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“Wash Us in the Blood”, Kanye West’s new single

“Wash Us in the Blood”, Kanye West’s new single

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 days ago · Music

It makes Kanye West talk once again about himself, after announcing his upcoming collaboration with Gap and releasing a small preview of a new animated series inspired by the old album “Kids see ghosts” with Kid Cudi, in the last hours the American artist has released the teaser of a new song.

It’s titled “Wash Us in the Blood” and will be in collaboration with Travis Scott and will be part of Kanye West’s next album.

We were already talking about this album a short time ago when the director Arthur Jafa during a live Instagram with the designer Michèle Lamy had let some details about a new single by Kanye, part of the forthcoming God’s Country album.

The track was mixed by Dr. Dre and the video that accompanies it contains some images of the protests that have inflamed America.

Yesterday a few hours after the tweet, the American rapper announced the release of the Wash Us in the Blood video, directed by Arthur Jafa, which you can now watch below.

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