Meals on Reels, the link between food and cinema

Meals on Reels, the link between food and cinema

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

Food has always been the protagonist of the cinema, both in Italy and internationally, making an “insatiable” relationship between the two become established.
The close bond that has been created is also testified by the numerous films in which food becomes the absolute protagonist, almost a living character. These two worlds, though very distant, intersect and play a very important role in our lives because they both represent a sort of desire: on the one hand we have the “utopian dream” of living inside the film and on the other the desire to eat delicacies.

Food allows social development because from birth it is one of the main mediators in relationships. The cinema, which mainly shows relationships between human beings, could not ignore the various symbologies in human relations in the act of eating. From the very first films, food immediately became the protagonist, as, for example, the Lumière brothers presented Le rèpas de Bebè on 28 December 1985, a family life scene in which a child was fed by his parents.

The dishes in the films are used as a narrative thread, as a metaphor, as the core of dialogue and above all as an element capable of characterizing the characters and their personalities.

Film critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim created an account on Instagram called Meals on Reels in 2017. The project recounts this link by focusing on auteur and independent films.
During an interview for AnOther Magazine, Kristen tells how she came up with the idea of creating a page that could contain all the most symbolic frames of the films in which people eat.
She explains that it all started while she was seeing a scene that has remained imprinted on her from the movie “Perfect Friday“, a Peter Hall comedy of the seventies, in which Ursula Andress bites a piece of bread.
Instead, the inspiration for the name of the page came while watching David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, in which in one scene the main character Laura Palmer says “can’t do Meals on Wheels that day“.
Since then Kim, on the profile Meals on Reels, placed several images about twice a week, accompanying the frames with the title of the film, year and director.

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Kathy Kim illustrates beauty rituals

Kathy Kim illustrates beauty rituals

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

Kathy Kim is a graphic designer from New York and a fan of illustration. She has worked with well-known newspapers, brands and advertising agencies including Conde Nast Traveler, the communications agency DDB Worldwide, The Oprah Magazine and many others.
Through her illustrations she portrays the contemporary world using a traditional style. The illustrations – in addition to being realized following defined and harmonic color palettes – by stylistic choice represent shapes drawn in an imprecise and basically roundish way. Moreover, the facial features of each subject are never included, at least if they are not extremely necessary, such as the eyes, mouth and nose. This is also true in general for all the details that are not drawn accurately at least that are not fundamental to give meaning to the whole composition.
Kathy has created a series of illustrations that collect and summarize in a very suggestive way some of the rituals of beauty used by women around the world – especially in Asia – concerning the uses of the past, the present and giving an open look towards the future.

Sunamushi Onse

In this illustration, a grey tone is used in the background to highlight the lying figure of a woman performing a procedure called Suna-Mushi, which has a positive effect on dehydration.

Huǒ Liáo

Here the focus of the treatment Huǒ Liáo, a Chinese remedy against dull skin and cellulite, is highlighted thanks to the use of essentially neutral colors.

Ohaguro

Through shapes that seem to be hand-drawn, the illustrator represents Ohaguro, a technique of blackening teeth considered as a sign of beauty in Japan.

Seawood Spas

In the design, the eye immediately falls on those forms of different shades of green that represent the Seawood Spas, a treatment for skin purification.

Cryotherapy Facials

Here, thanks to the use of colors that follow a blue/blue room, the figure of a male body is represented while he is doing the Cryotherapy Facials, a recent technique that brings benefits to the skin through icy air and very cold temperatures.

Text by Anna Cardaci

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Primavera Insurrecta, the social mural of Inti Castro

Primavera Insurrecta, the social mural of Inti Castro

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

The famous Chilean muralist Inti Castro, as well as ambassador of South American street art, has created Primavera Insurrecta, a mural on the facade of one of the buildings of the University of Santiago. The artist is very concerned about the cultural and social identity of his country, especially in this period in which Chile has held a series of events where citizens have claimed a better quality of life, more dignity, respect, and justice from those who govern.

Primavera Insurrecta was born in collaboration with the University of Santiago and Galería Lira – an institution that seeks to promote urban art throughout South America – before the October parade broke out. Initially, the project was born to represent the decline of society, which is very subject to consumerism and the way of thinking about life. In fact, according to Castro, the Chilean population is greatly influenced by television and what is said. After the recent events, the work has taken on another meaning, becoming part of and an important symbol of the protest. 150 square meters in size, the mural represents a Chilean woman with her eyes covered with flowers, carrying a guitar on her shoulders, a hammer and a saucepan on her belt and a shovel in her hand. All these are elements of the struggle but also of Chilean culture.

Castro wanted to represent the general feeling of discontent of the people and the importance of women in social struggles and within the development of each country.

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The Boy Who Could Not Wait, an eco-friendly book

The Boy Who Could Not Wait, an eco-friendly book

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

The Boy Who Could Not Wait is a children’s book promoted by the concept store Green Around The Corner located in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Min. The book was designed and entirely produced by the independent communications company Ki as a means of teaching children “the joy of patience and the beauty of growth“.

The work was designed to make children interact with it and is made of 100% recycled paper to keep in line with the eco-friendly ethics of the concept store. The peculiarity of this project is the presence of a special section – towards the end of the volume – in which there are seeds between the pages that if carefully watered allow the growth of a small garden.

Inside it told a story of a boy in which he learns, step by step, patience in waiting for the course of nature, the concept of perseverance and not to be in a hurry. The boy, page after page, goes further and further in his journey, where he is guided to put everything he has collected in a bucket until he gets to water one of the final pages. Over time, the book will sprout real plants, allowing children to enjoy their own miniature garden. There are also illustrations of the plants on each sheet.

In addition to recycled paper, The Boy Who Could Not Wait‘s pages are partially screen-printed – it’s a digital printing technique in which inking is performed through the weave of the fabric – and hand-stitched for better quality and sensitivity. It has a price of 650 VND or about less than 50 cents and you can buy it during the Christmas period by ordering it online by contacting the mail of the store hi@greenaroundthecorner.com.

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Bassins des Lumières, the digital art exhibition in Bordeaux

Bassins des Lumières, the digital art exhibition in Bordeaux

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

In the city of Bordeaux, France, a World War II submarine base has been reinvented and transformed into a digital art museum: the Bassins des Lumières.
Created by Culturespaces, a private studio that manages exhibitions in France, the museum will host an immersive experience that will focus on major artists in the history of art such as Van Gogh, Paul Klee, and Gustav Klimt, leaving room for contemporary art and emerging artists. As in the existing museums promoted by Culturespaces such as Carrières de Lumières, in Provence, and the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, visitors will have the opportunity to actively immerse themselves in the heart of the works of art.
Organized in eleven spaces separated by thick concrete walls, the submarine base already regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts, shows in an underground environment.
It has a very large surface of more than 40,000 square meters and this gives the exhibition the title of the largest multimedia installation in the world.


Bassins des Lumières will host more than ninety works and will offer visitors the opportunity to stroll through the site and make audio-visual and interactive experiences. The exhibition will consist of four large and very deep basins for the main installations and six other areas including, in particular, the Cells, where there will be continuous projections that alternate a long program dedicated to the great figures of art history with shorter projections and contemporary art that will find more space in the Cube. In fact, here it will be possible for visitors to discover not only established artists but also emerging ones. Through corridors, it will be possible to pass from one exhibition hall to another until you reach Les Grands Nenuphars where the exhibition will be projected on the walls that will be reflected in the water. Finally, there will also be a space dedicated to the entire history of the submarine base and will be an educational area with information on the artists presented.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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