H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

Lamberto Maggiorani and his neorealist alter ego Antonio Ricci Lamberto Maggiorani worked as a turner at the Breda, a former weapon then steel factory from the fascist era, situated just a few kilometers outside Porta Maggiore. At the time Vittorio De Sica was holding auditions for the child character for his upcoming movie, Bicycle Thieves.… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

  Rimini, Fellinian Landscape From neorealism to fantastic realism If we ever were to ask ourselves, how do we want to live our lives, would we accept the offerings brought to our attention by technology, commodities developed to create desire, or will we attempt to trust our intimate vision and search for hope in the… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

On the importance of graphic novels in coping with the imminent now As dystopian as the present may appear, it’s not something new, unprecedented, never seen before. For most of us the terminology used to describe the state we’re actually in, curfew, lockdown, shutdown et al. wasn’t part of an imaginable now. Some may recall… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

H Hour Bologna Time

Chilly January mornings tend to lack the natural sunlight of the warm season. They hide the details of the neoclassical rationalist architecture outside the train station in the artificial shadows of the pre dawn lights. It’s 7:10am. Our connection to Bologna leaves in 2 minutes and we try to lay out the itinerary that awaits… Continue reading H Hour Bologna Time

H Hour Florence Time

It’s January, the second week of the year. At approximately 06:12 the high-speed  train sets out from the medieval town in the northern part of Italy to reach Florence. The biannual pilgrimage to the places, where the heart of Italianism in language and culture beat the most, is a ritual for a rather differing crowd:… Continue reading H Hour Florence Time

Rite of passage

  It’s almost done. This New Year’s Eve we’ll be reminded, that a century ago this same leap introduced a new era, a new vision and new opportunities for those who survived the Great War. The photographs, the movies and documentaries of everyday life from the 1920is, that resonate with us and evoke atmospheres of gothic… Continue reading Rite of passage

Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985

Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985 “Il 1959 rappresenta un punto di svolta nella storia dell’arte dei suoni.” (Enrico Merlin, 1000 dischi per un secolo) 1958 and 1959 weren’t just ordinary years; they mark a definite break, a turning point in the widespread realms of the aesthetics and the art of listening to music. Miles… Continue reading Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985