It was almost an year ago, when I suddenly bought those tickets: Etihad, to Australia, with one stop in Abu Dabhi. My brother and me. The long wondered journey which was coming true.
‘Hi mom, daddy, how are you? Well…we bought those tickets. We’ll leave on the 17th February’ ‘Ok, you did the greatest thing you could! Enjoy it! And try not to argue during those weeks!’
First stop: Bondi beach, where we’re going to spend our first days with Aussies. Precisely at Orazio‘s, where a friend of us works and you can have pizza, different type of mozzarellas and tomatoes and fresh vegetables to enjoy
Day 2 – The real start.
From Bondi beach to the Opera, passing by the Coastal Walk and the Hornby Lighthouse is near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park, just listening to the sound of Pacific ocean towards the cliffs, trying to take photos to every single wave and cliff and sunlight and to those unlimited views.
Heading to the Opera.
After kilometers of unbelievable landscapes, looking at people from all over the world walking up and down the coast and playing sports (yes, everybody plays sports there) we walked towards the city center, with that strange sensation of feeling blessed to be in the far Australia…
My art of the brick? By chance, Southbank, London, after having a look at this ads, in the tube, some months ago.
10 mins later I was staring at the astonishing DC characters made of Lego bricks, a private collection of work of arts created by Nathan Sawaya, maybe the most popular #brickartist.
It was a private exhibit and I think it’s going all around the world. When I asked to the guy at the entrance, how Lego contributes to this kind of arts event, the answer was that the company doesn’t deal with that. None of a single campaign nor logistics or any support was done by the giant 😳 They do not support those exhibits because they already have a popular brand which is affirmed in the world, hence maybe arts only bother them.. 🙄
By the way, the collection shows a lot of giant and reflective colorful bricks, which are able to show feelings and represent the proper DC characters and also show their movement and shapes:
Happyness is the right word. Because thanks God I was having such a great time with some of my dearest friends, while we discovered about the terrorist attack that was happening in that moment in London Bridge. We read the news, but we just thought it was wrong, it had nothing to do with terrorists. We were happy enough, because in front of us, on the main stage, there was Aphex Twin playing of his tracks. Undoubtfully, 1 hour later we were totally immersed in another mood – searching for cabs, buses, and looking for friends that were spending the night out, just like us, to find out if they were alive and we could be back safely at home, and maybe discover any other relevant news to understand if the attack was still on. Not a very happy ending that Saturday night, but my friends and me were lucky enough, ready to enjoy the day after too.
Let’s talk about happiness.
Let’s remember how much the life is important, and how much it is important to share moments with the people who are important for you, enjoying life and being foolish at times.
An example 😀 ?
London Field Day 2017 – it’s the second time I’m attending this festival, and this last edition was probably better then the 2016’s one.
Funny people and foolish friends ️
The first group we enjoyed: ‘Abra‘, never listen to them before, but it took 1 min only to understand how crazy and R&B and electro-funk she was. You could only start dancing, imaging old school giant funky radio on the stage 😀
then in the park, trying to rest while choosing the next group to listen to. That moment when you start looking at the surrounding and it happened to see a sort of Pink Floyd‘s revival – back to 70s✌️: stuck in that moment, they didn’t seem to realize they were in a huge lively festival where 70s were a little put aside 😀
Electronic Renaissance is not the name of an event about electro music, but the title of a video art exhibit by Bill Viola – Viola as the violet heart of Florence. Viola as a unique contemporary artist who believes that video is one of the leading arts and uses it in all of its shapes, from videotapes and architectural video installations to performances in rooms and areas completely where the sound and the electronic musics are a total immersive environment.
The exhibit is in Palazzo Strozzi and in the Strozzina – the Centre for Contemporary Culture – two of the most popular places of the city which take their name after an important ancient family based in Florence. This location is the most suitable one, seen that this exhibit is going to compare ancient art with high-tech performing art, the contemporary into the old world.
But let’s see some of the pics that could help us enjoying this sort of spiritual experience that Bill tries to express:
First of all, The Crossing representinga man crossing natural elements, from fire to water: surrounding sounds of the nature, flames all up his body and then the flood who let everything disappear. That’s it, the circle of life which can now start again.
Then there is a series dedicated to the depiction of passion:
Then maybe the most amazing one, in a silent room, here it is the fresco by Paolo Uccello, originally located into Santa Maria Novella’s Green Cloister ”The Flood and Receding of the Waters” depicting Noah’s flood. Then suddenly in the back it appears a video showing a contemporary flood, water covering the stairs and people passing by…
After, a representation of Florence in the ’70s, while shooting in some studios, or performing with the most idealistic men at that time: Peter Hutchinson – the Land artist, a conceptual artist, or Takahiko Iimura – a Japanese avant-garde filmmaker – and so on..
The exhibit is dedicated to Bill, the artist who once worked for an exclusive and unique video production center based in Florence, the Art/Tapes/22: it is (unfortunately was!) one of the only four Italian centers where videos began to be considered as a way to express arts – now you can have a taste of the Art/Tapes/22, a collection of interviews, documents and pictures at the ‘900 Museum of Florence.
What’s Wattpad? Try to ask it to the new generations and teenagers and you will have all the details you need. It’s about the communication that is changing its way to provide stories to the world. It’s the new social network for the people who love to tell stories and use their mobile to do it. And share them, through the biggest community of readers in the world. Storytelling.
Through Wattpad people can write, share stories and interact with them. It’s a sort of blogging activity but you’re free to start your unlimited stream of consciousness – as only Virginia Woolf would start…
Its aim? To give users the chance to spread their stories in the world and become an official author or writer, even if not respecting the ordinary rules – as for example to write at least an amount of million’s crap or publish at least 10 novels and so on..
By the way, now there’s a new way to let your story be popular and meet millions of readers who can directly comment and share opinions with you. Just to give an example, Anna Todd has literally became one of the most popular author of the last years:
FROM WATTPAD SENSATION TO BEST-SELLING BOOK SERIES is written at the beginning of her website: she has been able to find the community she wanted, ‘a home really, with these people who were writing in the hours off of work, school, parenting, life, and I loved every second of it’ she wrote. And now she has hundreds of millions of reads!
The community of Wattpad has spread faster than you can imagine thanks to a new feature that wouldn’t be underestimated: the mobility. People can write while they’re on the bus, in the gym, on the sofa or while falling asleep: you can take your story with you everywhere and add pieces to a story little by little.
Nightime is the best time to get inspired, spending hours by reading blog posts and articles, discovering news and new artists. Now it’s on Amimono, a Japanese young original artist who had a great idea starting creating knit sweaters and bags with a musical touch.
It has been the first time I’ve read about a tailor who decided to take his music passion into the fashion world, mixing his creativity. And this is the result:
This morning was an astonishing one. I’m trying to get the maximum relax from my off-days, but Whatsapp and Facebook still won..they have been my alarm clock, so I woke up and – as I usually do – I opened up my balcony: I roused in 2 minutes and I felt so lucky to have an absolutely amazing view in front of me:
Valsinni, a little village in a valley in the South of Italy, is the town where a river named Sinni flows under its bridge, which is one of the particular feature of this landscape. The 1st main one in fact is an old little Aragonese castle built since the Middle Age, where – the legend says – a wonderful lady used to live: it was her cage where she started to write poetry and be in love with the natural elements of the surroundings..the river, the utopian sea, the mountains.
Here you are some other details of the valley, the old town centre on the top side and the new one in the valley:
Unconventional shoots – it’all about the last F-lights cerimony, the one that has just started some days ago and will last until the beginning of 2017, it takes place all around the city of Florence, and you can enjoy it just walking by the main squares and monuments of the city.
F-lights is the name of the festival about all kinds of activities that could be related to the lights that could be used to enhance the city to make it even more inspirational (as if it was not enough!): video-mapping on buildings and monuments, projections on pavements and squares, streelights from the top panoramas, special shop windows and so on..
Let’s go to Vinci for a trip, it’s winter, it’s cold, but when the sun shines the need to go somewhere green becomes a must: Vinci is the winner city of this daytrip, a small town located on the Montalbano hills – and we’re obviously talking about the birthplace of Leonardo ‘da Vinci’. Vinci landscapes and Leonardo will be the protagonists of the following pics:
here you can visit a sort of dislocated museum, in the sense that there are several units which are part of the ‘Museum of Leonardo’ in the city of Vinci.
here you are the wooden series: instrumental tools and shapes, a tank model, Leonardo’s wheels studies applied to a bicycle
Then the series of work of arts dedicated to the painting and the study of perspective:
Here is the Leonardo’s painting in which he was able to introduce the power of linear perspective to go towards naturalism in painting. You can see the deepth of the landscape and natural pose of the characters by looking at it moving to the right, from Mary’s point of view: if you do so, you can enjoy the very point of view and right perspective:
It happened by chance to be near Ponte Vecchio some days ago: it happened by chance to enjoy the projections dedicated to the Florence’s flood of 60s and stare at those symbols who were introducing the level of the Arno river during that disaster…
Some of the projections were part of the popular Locchi’s archive (an old and professional photographer of Florence):