The art of Virgilio Sieni in Matera

The art of Virgilio Sieni in Matera

Collater.al Contributors · 8 months ago · Art

Virgilio Sieni is one of the most important protagonists of contemporary dance. Choreographer and dancer, Sieni in 2015 presented the project “Atlas of gesture” in Milan for Fondazione Prada, a series of choreographic actions conceived by Virgilio Sieni for its new Milan venue. The project was articulated in the presentation of choreographic cycles, research phases and screenings and screenings. He was the director of the Venice Biennale-Dance Sector from 2013 to 2016 and today Virgilio arrives in Matera as curator of the third exhibition of I-DEA, a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019.

We are in Cava Paradiso, a few kilometers outside Matera. Here, in the Archaeological Natural Historical Park of the Chiese Rupestri, in 2007 the artist Antonio Paradiso created his sculpture park in an abandoned tuff quarry. In this wonderful context the curator Joseph Grima presents I-DEA, a project curated in collaboration with Chiara Siravo for Matera Capital of Culture 2019 dedicated to the topic of the archives. After two appointments – the first one with the photographer Mario Cresci, the second with the duo Formafantasma – on September 12 it was Virgilio Sieni’s turn with “Thauma, Atlante del Gesto”. The choreographer brings to the European capital of culture a project that is divided into various appointments dedicated to the gesture and the idea of ​​creating an archive in the making of the gesture through exhibitions, installations, practices, choreographic actions, performances and special projects. Together with his team of anthropologists, diarists, architects, archivists, photographers, videomakers and with the very active participation of citizens, Virgilio Sieni curates an exhibition about the exploration of the body and the idea of ​​accumulation and collecting.

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The special set-up conceived by Elisa Giuliano, Martha Schwindling and Antonio Elettrico and by Virgilio Sieni with the Open Design School provides an open and modular system that is reused for each I-DEA appointment. Thus, the visitor, who had come in June to see Formafantasma’s work, will be able to review the same elements used differently, as if the installation itself were a living part of the exhibition.

Thauma, Atlante del Gesto” is an exhibition with choreographic actions.

On the evening of Thursday 12 September, at 6 pm, he presented “Domestic Dances” accompanied by live music by Roberto Cecchetto. What is “Domestic Dances”? A series of citizens were selected and together with Sieni they collected a series of objects taken from their homes (archived, collected in their lifetime) which became a work of art on display. Sieni has chosen a bodily gesture for each person involved and, using the objects of their private houses, he has reproduced their form in a sort of installation: each person is photographed in the chosen gesture and portrayed next to their “installation” made with the old telephones, their old radio, the Barbie House of their sons, the family portraits.. A journey among their memories.

What about future appointments? On the 19th and 22nd the “Dances of the Frontier”.The grand finale will be “Officina Tattile” in the Teatro Quaroni in Borgo La Martella designed by Ludovico Quaroni, with performances, workshops, dialogues for creating a catalog of the gestures that will arise from the meeting between Virgilio Sieni and the Borgo La Martella people and all will end with a final collective dance with citizens, dancers, and performers of all ages and backgrounds. 

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Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
Virgilio Sieni a Matera | Collater.al
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Text by Bianca Felicori

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Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

While everyone is taking pictures of him working, while everyone is asleep he takes pictures. I’m talking about Andreas Levers, a photographer based in Potsdam who spends his nights in the streets of the city trying to capture their most mysterious and dark side. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about his series At Night, but after three years we were very happy to discover that Andreas didn’t get tired of this magical subject and kept shooting. 

The nights that attract the photographer the most are those dark, cold nights when the fog falls and covers the top floors of the skyscrapers and allows you to see only what is really close to you. The rest remains a mystery, amplified by the white lights of the street lamps and neon lights, unable to penetrate the mist. 

But while the light, of course, cannot reveal what is beyond the visible, our mind has already embarked on a fantastic journey: like Andreas Levers, we too walk in the dark, trying not to be seen, as if we were following someone, or as if someone were following us. 

The calm, the awareness of being alone, the only awakenings surround us and accompany us once again in scenarios that never lose their charm.

We hope that At Night will never end, that like us can’t wait to see the next picture, Andreas Levers can’t wait to go down the street, when the city falls asleep and the magic becomes reality. 

Check out the new shots from the At Night photo series below and to stay up to date on Andreas Levers’ work go to his website and follow him on Instagram

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Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Giordana Bonanno · 6 days ago · Photography

Friday is here, again, and this weekend we’ll have some time to dedicate to our favorite hobby: watch a movie. If you run out of ideas don’t worry, you won’t waste time because we have already chosen The Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie that everyone has seen once in their life, but two are always better than one.

It’s certainly Wes Anderson‘s most intricate and interesting film and most likely also the director’s aesthetic and narrative masterpiece. It won nine nominations at the Oscars in 2015, triumphing in the categories “Best Costume”, “Best Set Design“, “Best Makeup” and “Best Soundtrack”; at the Globe, instead, the film won as “Best Comedy or Music”.

(Still undecided whether to watch it?)

The story is certainly as bizarre as the characters in it, sometimes so intricate that it seems impossible to get out of it, yet there’s nothing impossible inside that mysterious hotel because everything is suspended in a surreal, earthly world.

Wes, with the director of photography Robert Yeoman, creates every single scene taking into account the most imperceptible details in order to produce perfect images even in the pause; the color choices are his strong point, all the films have a palette of reference so as to conquer memorability among the memories of anyone who has already seen them.

Colors play an important role since they determine two types of scenes: for the harmonious and calm ones the selection of soft and pastel colors prevails, while the pressing and alienating ones they appear under strong color combinations. Needless to say that photography represents the key element in the cinematographic realization and needless to say that in this Wes is its master.

There is no doubt: his aesthetic and artistic imagination is unique, but there are those who, letting themselves be inspired, have built their photographic work on a chromatic choice and framing at the limits of precision. This is the case of Teresa Freitas, a young Portuguese photographer who, through her shots, shows us common scenes with meticulous attention to the elements that build them, proposing something that perhaps we have already seen but never through this perspective.

Did you know: for the outdoor shots of the hotel Wes used a 3-meter-high scale model, made entirely by hand because if this had been done on the computer, in the director’s idea, it would have appeared to the audience too offset from reality.

Film: Comedy
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

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London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Photography

When we think of London, we immediately think of a city with chaotic rhythms, frenetic and tireless, like any self-respecting modern capital. Because of the pandemic, however, everything came to a sudden halt almost suddenly.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following in the footsteps of his illustrious colleagues all over the world, has frozen the entire city until at least June, waiting for the contagion curve to slow down.

The English photographer Jan Enkelmann decided to document the deafening silence of his city, never seen before.
So on 23 March, the night the lockdown was announced, the photographer climbed on his bike to admire deserted London, never seen like this in 20 years of his life. A few weeks later, he took his camera with him and decided to capture the whole thing.

Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @davidecannavo, @carla_sutera_sardo, @eyepyre, @m_streetphoto, @kei_scampa, @_hartemis, @matteotriola, @userid019, @wonmin.9, @erikaconlaci.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on next InstHunt.

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