“Master the Force”, Mister Thoms’ mural for the Comasina district

“Master the Force”, Mister Thoms’ mural for the Comasina district

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

Art has always had the power to unite people, despite social, economic and cultural differences. Anyone can stop in front of a painting and enjoy its beauty, and since art has left museums and invaded the streets, thanks to the work of street and urban artists, it has become part of our lives, our journeys to work and our Sunday walks.
Until we see it with our own eyes, it is impossible to understand the power a mural can have, how its colours can really bring new life to a street or a neighbourhood and, above all, how the process of making it is a healthy moment of aggregation for citizens.
This is exactly what happened at the beginning of September in the Comasina neighbourhood, north of Milan, where for a week Mister Thoms worked incessantly on a mural created in collaboration with ActionAid as part of the UIA.Città di Milano project

Mister Thoms

On a wall in Piazza Gasparri, he created the mural entitled “Master the Force“, which gave shape to the fears, dreams and hopes of some of the boys and girls from the neighbourhood who had taken part in the Street Art Labs in July, learning how to translate their feelings and thoughts into art, and who then actually helped Mister Thoms to create the work. 

The artwork shows an enormous dragon, which besides recalling the Visconti bison – symbol of the city of Milan -, represents the inner strength that each of us has and that we must discover and learn to tame. This is where the name ‘Master the Force‘ comes from. Throughout its length, the dragon has various characters and elements on its back, each embodying superpowers or hopes described by the boys and girls during the art workshops. 

We start with the mechanisms that hold the dragon’s body together, a symbol of the industrialisation and evolution necessary for any city that wants to survive in today’s world, and we move on to fire, which has a dual meaning, on the one hand a destructive force and on the other a flame that nurtures the creativity typical of adolescence. 

We find an elderly man and a child together, representing two different generations living in the same community, just like the couple formed by mother and daughter, created as always following the idea of one of the girls who took part in the workshops, representative of the large Chinese community in the area.

There is also a masked figure resembling the character of a weapons master who prepares young warriors to face the demons of a well-known manga. 

Finally – by virtue of the link that the project wants to create between the centre and the suburbs – the Milan skyline cannot be missed, from Piazza Duomo, complete with a statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, to the unmistakable San Bernardo Parish in the Comasina district. 

We at Collater.al were lucky enough to follow the week of work and see the citizens of the neighbourhood discovering the progress of the mural day by day and giving their personal interpretations.
Take a look at the photos of the work below and watch the video to discover it through the words of Mister Thoms.

Mister Thoms
Mister Thoms

This document has been prepared for the European Commission however it reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Marsèll Paradise is a gateway from Berlin to Milan

Marsèll Paradise is a gateway from Berlin to Milan

Tommaso Berra · 2 years ago · Art

The Milan Fashion week ends today, surfing on the same positive wave of the Design Week, creating a homogeneous dialogue between garments and art. The link with art has meant that MFW has not been just a commercial moment, but a dialogue between different kinds of creativity, concept at the base of the exhibition set up in the Marsèll Paradise.
The creative hub of the brand Marsèll, in Via Privata Rezia 2, will host until October 3 the exhibition “Last Come First”, with an installation by Californian artist Rrose. Pseudonym of Seth Horvitz, Rrose has been for years an artistic and musical reference point for the techno and electronic scene in Berlin. The installation that Rrose creates inside Marsèll Paradise, in fact, recalls the club settings, between darkness and brutal minimalism of the spaces.

In a bare room, resting on the floor Rrose places six abstract photographs. The hypnotic appeal of these images then explodes into a looping video, in which the photographs are animated and projected inside a completely dark and alienating room.
The sound is the transformation of simple sounds – as explained by Rrose – then retransformed countless more times, “Like a handmade algorithm.”
“Last Come First” doesn’t feel like a fashion event, throughout the space there isn’t a single shoe model, exposed upstairs at Marsèll Paradise, along with a selection of top-notch magazines and art books. The concept is clear: focusing only on the product does not enhance it. The new fashion is the artistic experience of fashion, it is living thematic and geographical connections between different places, starting from Veneto – where Marsèll collections are handmade – and ending in Milan, or are we in Berlin?

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Music, performance and virtual reality: Digitalive returns to Rome

Music, performance and virtual reality: Digitalive returns to Rome

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

The boundary between real and virtual is getting thinner every day. We spend our days at home, in the office, on transport, but also in digital places where we interact with dozens and dozens of avatars. What if this relationship between reality and digital reality were to invade the field of art, music and theatre?
This is exactly what happens at Digitalive, the festival dedicated to digital cultures that opened last 23 September and will continue to offer performances and shows until 9 October. 

The Mattatoio and Auditorium in Rome and the REF site will host a series of cross-over creations between electronic music, performance, video and Virtual Reality works for the duration of the festival.  

Breaking the ice was “Così è (o mi pare) – Pirandello in VR” by and with Elio Germano, a performance that brought Pirandello’s classic “Così è (se vi pare)” into today’s society, but mostly through headphones and visors worn by the audience who suddenly found themselves inside the scene. 

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The festival will continue for the next few weeks offering live and online performances, live sets and video installations. Among the names on the programme are Francesco Luzzana, Colin Benders, Marta De Pascalis, Not Waving, fuse*, Mara Oscar Cassiani, Umanesimo Artificiale and Coralie Vogelaar. We invite you to visit the REF website to discover the programme in detail. 

About this fourth edition of Digitalive the curator Federica Patti declared: “Digitalive continues its exploration of digital performance cultures, opening up to new audiences and welcoming the infinite declinations of multimedia liveness. This fourth edition is an X version: X as in cross, X as in extended, an edition in which the concept of com-presence expands. DIGITALIVE continues to narrate the present and cultivate the future, accompanying the spectator to discover the “middle ground”, the liminal, hybrid and fluid spaces between the real and the virtual”. 

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All the must-see October 2021 Netflix films and tv series

All the must-see October 2021 Netflix films and tv series

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

New films, such as The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and old returns such as the third season of You, let’s find out what’s new on Netflix for October. 

The Guilty: Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this breathtaking thriller. The film recounts the events of one morning when Joe Baylor, a 911 operator, tries to rescue a young woman who has been taken hostage and managed to contact him through a ruse.
The Guilty will be available from Friday 1 October

Mio fratello, mia sorella: When their father’s will forces them to live together, siblings Nik and Tesla (Alessandro Preziosi and Claudia Pandolfi) try to overcome their differences to become a family.
Mio fratello, mia sorella will be available from Friday 8 October

The Movies That Made Us – Season 3: The docu-series that recounts the behind-the-scenes and making offs of some of the most iconic films of all time, the ones that never go out of fashion and that we continue to see again and again despite the years, is back. The titles featured in this third season are Aliens, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Coming to America, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Robocop.
The third season of The Movies That Made Us will be available from Tuesday 12 October

You – season three: Joe Goldberg and his wife Love Quinn are struggling with newborn Henry in their new neighbourhood in Mother Linda, California. Everything seems normal until Joe’s new obsession, Natalie, arrives. But this time, Love will do anything to keep the dream of a perfect family from being destroyed.
The third season of You will be available from Friday 15 October. 

8 RUE de l’HUMANITÉ: In a Paris abandoned by the pandemic, the inhabitants of a small apartment building adapt as best they can to their new confined life. Dany Boon directs this choral film about everyday life in a building during the lockdown.
8 RUE de l’HUMANITÉ will be available from Wednesday 20 October

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Doctor Oy and the resistance in Belarus

Doctor Oy and the resistance in Belarus

Tommaso Berra · 2 years ago · Art

The Maneki Neko has become a symbol of Japan in the West. That kitten with its arm constantly in motion seems to bring good luck, the same luck that artists wish for themselves when they represent it, including Belarusian street artist Doctor Oy, who fights the censorship of Alexander Lukashenko’s government.
Doctor Oy takes his cue from the subjects of Eastern tradition, creating black and white works composed of simple, curved lines. Only primary colors find a place in the illustrations, to define small playful details.
Through his Instagram profile Doctor Oy tells some of the stories behind the creation of his murals, which often clash with the opposition of the Belarusian military.

Making art in Minsk is complicated, it’s not easy to create a mural like the one depicting the artist’s grandmother, while outside the police are pointing their guns at the wall.
The subject is the symbol of the generation of Belarusians who lived between the two wars, the one who must inspire a new resistance. It is not easy to take a picture in Lenin Square, the seat of government, without attracting the attention of the police, as the artist himself says.
Doctor Oy’s art is a reportage of the importance of making art as a tool of resistance. “Work, creativity and revolution”, that’s how the artist is going to seek the fortune of the Belarusian people.

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