Libri Belli, the most beautiful covers according to Livia Satriano

Libri Belli, the most beautiful covers according to Livia Satriano

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

Usually, when we go to bookstores and want to buy a book we often tend to use those that inspire us the most. Surely the first criterion of choice is the cover. Let’s face it, if we don’t like it we are not at all projected to the idea of buying the book or even just to read the introduction or the back cover.
If it’s beautiful, we almost always sit down for a moment and browse it until we decide, regardless of the content, to buy it. Despite this, there are many books with bad covers that contain beautiful stories but that, unfortunately, are not valued.

Once someone said “never judge a book by its cover” and for this reason, Livia Satriano, a creator of editorial and social media content, decided to create Libri Belli, a page on Instagram where she collects and shares the most beautiful covers that capture the attention of Italian books of the twentieth century.
Literary products of various kinds are promoted, from non-fiction to fiction and music. These are selected on the basis of what immediately catches the eye, from eye-catching graphics to illustrations and color associations. Livia’s idea is to rediscover the classics of literature that have not become famous and make them somehow – as far as she can – justice. This initiative has been very successful so much so as to count a following of about 17.5 thousand followers on the page and about 800 posts. Moreover, thanks to this project, he was able to collaborate with Sprint Milano, Printville, and Artefiera, create two temporary shops, curate and organize exhibitions.

Within the profile, he proposes different formats such as the monthly column “Libri Belli di …” in which personalities from the world of publishing, design, and creativity tell their three favorite Libri Belli (Beautiful Books). It also shares new interpretations in a modern key of covers created by graphic designers and illustrators. In each content, in addition to the image of the book, the description also includes the title, the year of publication and a mini-comment/description.

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SuperNature, the digital art of teamLab

SuperNature, the digital art of teamLab

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Art

Next February the art collective teamLab, in collaboration with Sands Resorts Macao, will inaugurate in China the digital art exhibition called “SuperNature Macao” an exhibition that will involve people directly. It is a “body immersive” museum in which there are thirteen different installations in which colors, lights, digital animation, and space will be exploited. The concept of SuperNature is to create a fusion between the human body and art. Among the works that you can see, we point out the two most suggestive:

The first, entitled “The Infinite Crystal Universe“, is located in a large room where many beams colored in blue, purple and light blue are projected at the same time and create a three-dimensional image that represents the universe through light points that spread infinitely in all directions.
Viewers are invited to use their smartphones, download the application and use the camera to frame the flashes, select the elements that make up the universe and drag them. This work of art is constantly evolving and changing at all times due to people interacting in space.

The second installation we suggest you is “Mountain of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn” in which the seasons and the course of flowering are represented. The flowers bloom, grow and vanish before their petals begin to wilt. The cycle of growth and decay is repeated continuously. If a person stands still, the flowers that surround them grow and bloom more abundantly. If the spectators touch or trample, they get rid of the petals, wither and die all at once. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes a continuous change in the work of art; what happens previously will not be repeated and will not be repeated.

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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.

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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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