Wunderkammer #13

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The art of getting lost, the art of becoming more specific – Kentucky Route Zero act IV

It starts with a gigantic animatronic, shaped like a mammoth. Rumbling, sparkling, hopelessly broken. His internal mechanism could once make music, but no one remembers the melody anymore. (altro…)

Imperfection and beauty – part one: video games

Imperfection must be loved. This is not the same old discourse about defending diversity – this is about the peculiarity of how beauty is perceived.
How many technically flawless illustrators are there in the world? Millions. The internet is constantly spammed with hyper-realistic drawings that may leave us speechless at first sight but will soon be forgotten by the next day. Perfect photographic drawings of a bean can. What do they tell us, what will they leave behind? In fact, nothing.
We have always fallen in love with other people’s details: they were like tiny treasures to us, we have always thought – perhaps arrogantly – we were the only one to see and appreciate them. To others, they were imperfections.
Imperfection is peculiarity, uniqueness, the human trait. It means wanting to convey something despite one’s own technical limits, despite oneself. If the content is more important, the form subdues to the feeling. Beauty, real, deep, long-lasting beauty, is hidden behind the apparent imperfections.

(altro…)

Wunderkammer #12

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My head is made of the same material as the sun – Upstream color by Shane Carruth

Some movies can transcend film-making to become archetypes: they express something that goes beyond its creators’ intentions. These movies contain intuitions which can constantly be interpreted by the audience, thus becoming universal pieces. At least that’s what I think. I am referring to a range of masterpieces: The Exterminating Angel by Luis Buñuel, 8 and 1/2 by Federico Fellini, Stalker by Andrej Arsen’evic Tarkovskij, 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, Inland Empire by David Lynch. And I think Shane Carruth’s Upstream color deserved to be listed alongside. (altro…)

Gaga, the neonatal dance

Once again, this might be a surprise to you, as I’m about to deal with a topic which is completely different from my previous ones.
Once again, the initial premise may sound conflicting. I’m not a dance enthusiast. I probably don’t know enough about it, hence my struggle to understand it. I wouldn’t have been that excited for a invitation to a dance show. At least, not until now. On top of that, I’ve seen Ohad Naharin’s performances before and they did not impress me at all. Read more

Wunderkammer #11

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I live at the end of a 5 1/2 minute hallway – House of leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

No matter what you heard or read about this book, House of leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is objectively a masterpiece.
Personally I would list it among the greatest postmodern books (altro…)

Wunderkammer #10

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An old song for Kentucky Route Zero

There’s something special about travelling by night. When the hour is particularly late, that’s when you ask yourself if you’ll really manage to come back home and, ultimately, if coming back home makes any sense at all. The world along the road, at night, tastes different: thoughts haunt you differently than usual, carrying memories and echoes that wouldn’t touch during the day. Places acquire new shapes. And, certain corners hid some unreal things. Perhaps even metaphysical.
You will find all of these sensations, before any other, while playing Kentucky Route Zero, an atypical graphic adventure in five episodes (only four already published as of now -UPDATE: Read the review of act IV).

(altro…)