“Mentre nessuno guarda”, our interview with Mecna and Enea

“Mentre nessuno guarda”, our interview with Mecna and Enea

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Music

Growing the wait, we are almost there, despite as Mecna himself stated: “I’m not good at creating big expectations”, we are sure that many of you are waiting until midnight today to listen and consume the new album “Mentre nessuno guarda”.

Less than a year after the previous record work, “Neverland”, Mecna returns with a new solo album, a work that represents the consolidation of the rapper’s new artistic direction. The previous works have consecrated the artist in the Olympus that gravitates around rap d’autore, leading him to be recognized as one of the most interesting and refined pens of the Italian scene. In the new album emerges with a great decision the artist’s ability to express himself in a personal way, digging inside himself with awareness, to face his own depth with lightness, to reveal himself with the shyness of those who value their intimacy and with the clarity of those who since his first songs are used to talk about their inner worlds.

We have heard it in preview and we can only tell you that in “Mentre nessuno guarda” Mecna continues to talk about love.
He does so through lyrics that tell it with self-irony, immediacy and melancholy, characteristic traits of his writing, also contained in the 8-minute video published a few weeks ago.

We had a chat with Mecna and his director Enea Colombi on the video, a plot capable of transporting the viewer into the imagination of the album guided by the voice of Corrado.

Mecna

Enea Colombi

The premiere of your new album “Mentre nessuno guarda” opens with these words of yours: “I look back and see how I was then”. What inspired you particularly in the creation of the short film that is a visual and symbolic representation of your new album?

There is also a lot of Enea in this short film, with him we know each other well enough to trust each other. I made him feel the pieces, we talked about the general idea and then he did all his travels (which I found effective) for the rendering of the project. I always wanted to do something like that but I had never found the right moment and when Enea proposed it to me I was over the moon. It’s not a visual representation of the album, it’s more an introduction, almost a way to bring you into that mood.

An element that is often repeated in the short film is the red, to which is dedicated a very expressive frame that impressed us. What lies behind this choice?

Red is the color of this record. I played a lot with colors in my latest releases and I knew that everything would lead to red, which represents the album. The scene of the two twins dirtying and cleaning the girl with tempera (blood) is perhaps the main one, but it’s nice that everyone finds the meaning they believe, I have my own personal that can be understood from the voice over of that part. But it is not the only one, here.

Between small spoilers, video sequences, your voice acting as narrator, as well as asking Enea how difficult and beautiful it was at the same time to enclose your new work in an 8 minutes video?

It was the most difficult challenge. I started off brashly, saying that it would be the last of the problems, instead, I realized that intonation was everything. I did several rehearsals, in the end, I went back to where I started from, that is, to talk almost as if it was the intro of a song, without trying too hard to be an actor.

In an alternation of different scenarios left to the viewer’s interpretation: a love story, a journey, the continuous approach and departure of the characters linked by a common thread, you managed to visually represent the new album. What inspired you to create this interweaving capable of transporting the viewer into the imagination of the album guided by the voice of Corrado himself?

I always thought that between me and Corrado there was a certain affinity in terms of visual language, I always found myself in his lyrics. The day he contacted me it came naturally to me to write a short for the album. He left me carte blanche, and after the lockdown, I had a strong desire to start creating again. It’s a short that tells the story of Corrado’s album but in a way also a part of me. The theme of the journey is recurring in this video and represents all the places of my adolescence (the countryside beyond Po Pavese and the hills of Piacenza), and I was able to represent them visually. The journey by car and the roads are the common thread connecting all the characters. At the level of plot and history, it’s free to interpretation, but this does not mean that “means everything and nothing”. The aim was to let the viewer free to give his own interpretation and I think it was a good idea (the feedback received brought out interpretations that are very close to my initial vision, which included a positive and a negative one. Another fundamental aspect was the casting: the two protagonists are both actors at the first experience on the set (it’s a characteristic that I look for a lot in my productions, that the characters are not played by professionals but have a personality, then of course also the physical characteristics). We found a factorial strategy that could work for everyone.

You have worked and you work for a lot of artists, over time you have signed several video clips of various singles. What is it like to think a video that represents the whole album?

It was a very stimulating work. I have always felt this impulse towards audio-visual narrative. Having had the opportunity, supported by a production company and a major, to go and create a short film for an album was a very brave operation but one that will surely bear fruit. It was a great opportunity, I put myself on the line, especially on the duration that goes beyond the canons of traditional video clips, so it was a great satisfaction.

While waiting for the record you just have to enjoy a few small spoilers present in the premiere, accompanied by the sequences that the director has chosen as a visual and symbolic representation of the songs and contents of the album, an alternation of different scenarios left to the interpretation of the viewer.

Cover by: Andrea Carveni

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Monte Immagine, Alberonero’s installation in Vallo di Nera

Monte Immagine, Alberonero’s installation in Vallo di Nera

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 weeks ago · Art

On Friday 2nd October, as part of the project “Umbria, a land that moves you”, promoted by C.U.R.A., Alberonero presented Monte Immagine, his latest temporary environmental installation, in collaboration with STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO, in Vallo di Nera.

Monte Immagine consists of five installations made with natural materials found in the surrounding woods, all concentrated within a single clearing.
Tree trunks and branches, the pillars of the works, resins and colored fabrics, dialogue openly with all the elements of the surrounding landscape, including the atmospheric agents that characterize it, the clouds first and foremost.

The environmental installation stems from Alberonero’s desire to explore and investigate the landscape of Vallo di Nera through the natural elements that make up its bond with man, placing the accent on places and symbols of the village that have now become invisible.

In my works, I try to make a practical experience of the site that leads me to be in balance without modifying it, but rather to alter it temporarily. An approach that, in the past, I shared with local workers. Here, not by chance, I met Giuseppe, a shepherd who helped me think that here I could have worked on the moods that derive from the extraordinary and solitary moments with the site

Ph Credits: Roberto Conte

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“The mute mirror”, the latest work by David De La Mano

“The mute mirror”, the latest work by David De La Mano

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

With his last work “Fragil” he really amazed us, (we talked about it here). We are talking about David De La Mano, a multifaceted artist who ranges from drawing to sculpture.

He recently finished his latest artwork for Vigo, Cidade De Cor, an art festival held in the city of Vigo, Galicia, Spain.

It is entitled “The mute mirror”, a beautiful and complex mural where silhouettes of human and animal figures are repeated.

As always the characters represented are imaginary men, they are simple silhouettes that walk in one direction but assume different positions.

Once again David De La Mano has given us a deep and beautiful work, rigorously in black and white, colors chosen by the artist because they are able to mark a rhythm that is sometimes circular, undulating or directed towards a single direction.

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The delicate artworks by paper artist Kanako Abe

The delicate artworks by paper artist Kanako Abe

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

Just a quick glance, Kanako Abe‘s works look like pen illustrations on a white sheet of paper. Instead, you only have to touch the surface to realize that you are far from the art of drawing.  
Kanako Abe, of Japanese origin based in Seattle, after working for a period as a costume designer and toolmaker in the San Francisco Bay Area, decided to completely change direction, dedicating herself to a centuries-old art of her country of origin. 

Kiri-e (切り絵), a word that derives from the union of “kiri” or cutting and “e” or image, is the traditional Japanese art of paper cutting. The cuttings, besides being used to decorate houses and closed places, have been used for centuries to create templates, called Ise-katagami, to decorate kimonos. 

Equipped only with paper and a precision cutter, Kanako Abe creates cut-outs that mix traditional Japanese images in which there is a strong presence of nature and typically Western subjects such as portraits and silhouettes.  

As a result, we have surreal, almost dreamlike creations, which when placed on another sheet of paper look like illustrations, but when taken in hand they reveal all their delicacy and fragility.

We have selected some of Kanako Abe’s works, but to find out more visit her Instagram profile

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Present day seen through Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations

Present day seen through Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

Born and grown up in Hackney, East London, Reuben Dangoor began drawing as a child, inspired by the creativity that he breathed in his family thanks to his father’s photographs and his mother’s paintings.

In 2015 Reuben Dangoor made a name for himself with his series of illustrations entitled “Legends of the Scene” in which he represented Skepta, Stormzy and D Double E as noblemen of the 1700s, on horseback or posing in elegant salons.
Music is not the only thing that makes the illustrator’s heart beat faster. Among his recurring subjects, we also find sport, especially soccer and especially Arsenal, a team for which Ruben is a fan.

But, there is also another very frequent subject in Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations, the so-called Britishness, the typical British character. Ruben is an Englishman who tells the British, their manias and contradictions, touching on issues related to politics and current affairs.

With simplicity and intelligence, the artist creates conceptual illustrations that are impossible not to understand and, precisely because of their direct and universal character, Instagram proved to be the right place to show them.

We have selected only some of Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations, but not to miss his next works follow him on Instagram.

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