H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

The Fountain in the Village: While investigating the state of publicly accessible water we found ourselves rediscovering the beauty of fountains. It’s July and August. Summer in the northern hemisphere. Cities become hot and for some of us unlivable. The streets seem to swap their inhabitants for the occasional crowd of urban expeditioneers searching for… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

H Hour Curfew Time July 2020

Cultural commodification and Italian cinema after ww2 Few countries in postwar Europe were able to resume their cultural activities in the fields of cinematography after 1945 with such playfulness and endeavor as Italy. It’s one of the interesting incongruences of the autocratic, to say the least, regime during the fascist ventennio, that the so called… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time July 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

Connecting the dots: dismantled but not dismembered

We’re all saints and sinners. We were born saints, but inevitably become sinners throughout life. If you surfed the tide near San Onofre State Beach or San Juan Capistrano back in 2010 you surely attended the ministry at The Hotrod Church for Sinners. Brian Bent, then Initiator and Pastor of this congregation, is the inspiring… Continue reading Connecting the dots: dismantled but not dismembered