The entrance to Arnaldo Pomodoro's labyrinth.

TAKING A WALK INTO ARNALDO POMODORO’S MIND

You don’t have the chance to walk into an artist’s mind very often. Yet, this is exactly the feeling when you cross Arnaldo Pomodoro labyrinth’s door. Inspired by the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, conceived in 1995 as an exhibition and now a permanent installation hosted in the headquarters of Fendi in Milan, it took over Read more about TAKING A WALK INTO ARNALDO POMODORO’S MIND[…]

Detail of the Photorama Lumière at the "Lumière! The Invention of Cinema" exhibition.

The Lumière Brothers and Kienholz’ Assemblages: Two Must-See Exhibitions in Bologna and Milan

[Scroll down for the Italian version] During the upcoming Christmas holidays you might feel the need to take a break from the traditional gargantuan (at least in Italy) meals. So here are a couple of tips to move your attention a bit from the stomach to the brain. But be advised: the following two exhibitions Read more about The Lumière Brothers and Kienholz’ Assemblages: Two Must-See Exhibitions in Bologna and Milan[…]

Sculpture by Nathan Sawaya from "The Art of The Brick".

From The LEGO Bricks to The Big Wave: Two Exhibitions I Saw in Milan

[Scroll down for the Italian version] After my trip to Japan I came back to Italy and spent a few days in Milan, trying to feel the vibe of the city through its cultural offer. I’d have much to tell you about, but there are two exhibitions that I particularly enjoyed. As a child, I Read more about From The LEGO Bricks to The Big Wave: Two Exhibitions I Saw in Milan[…]

Official poster for Kevin Meul's debut feature "My First Highway".

Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run

The reason why I like follow-up posts is that, at least in my case, they add good news to good news. This one in particular is an update of an ongoing series focused on the release of TorinoFilmLab-supported films. I read the first draft for Kevin Meul’s debut feature film My First Highway in 2012, Read more about Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run[…]

"Regards", 2013. Printed Veils, light bulbs, wire, electric wire.

Christian Boltanski at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Typhoons can be quite persuasive and at some point you have to give up. While the aftermath of a tropical storm was hitting Tokyo just as I was visiting the city last September, partially ruining my plans, I had to think of alternative indoors activities. If you have been Read more about Christian Boltanski at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum[…]

What Went on at The FT Weekend Live Festival

On 3 September some of the Financial Times Weekend’s best-known writers and columnists joined guest speakers and leading figures from fashion, the art world, food and wine for the inaugural edition of the FT Weekend Live Festival. No less than seven stages were devoted to discuss ideas and trends across businesses, markets and creative industries, Read more about What Went on at The FT Weekend Live Festival[…]

A Summer Across Film Festivals: Watch Out for These Emerging Directors

It’s no secret that film is a tough industry and it usually takes a while to enjoy the fruit of one’s hard work. But if you don’t give up and keep on pushing your project, that time will come. If you read my blog it is also no secret that I have had the privilege Read more about A Summer Across Film Festivals: Watch Out for These Emerging Directors[…]

Follow the sea horse not to miss the workshops' training activities.

My Week at the Script 2 Film Workshops in Nisyros

[Scroll down for the Italian version] It is very easy to get used to beauty. Being awakened by the sound of the sea; seeing freshly caught octopuses hanging in the wind in front of the restaurants on the waterfront; walking in the bottom of a volcano… All these things become normal after a few days. Read more about My Week at the Script 2 Film Workshops in Nisyros[…]

"Tale of Tales" Q&A

The UK Premiere of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales” at Curzon Mayfair

[Scroll down for the Italian version] At the UK premiere of Tale of Tales at Curzon Mayfair on 1 June I was expecting that the audience would be fascinated by the locations of this sumptuous re-telling of Giambattista Basile‘s fairy tale collection Pentamerone. Very soon into the presentation director Matteo Garrone said jokingly that with Read more about The UK Premiere of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales” at Curzon Mayfair[…]

Photo London 2016. Pic by Nicolò Gallio

My Photo London VIP Preview

[Scroll down for the Italian version] What I really enjoy of VIP previews, especially when it comes to contemporary art, is the chatter. Wandering through the stands with a glass of champagne and listening to comments, confidences and gossips whispered among gallery owners, collectors, those who are there only because it is a glamorous event Read more about My Photo London VIP Preview[…]

Poster for "Deadpool"

Media Engagement: Connecting Production, Texts and Audiences International Symposium

[Scroll down for the Italian version] As soon as you think you have spread the word on the latest marketing stunt implemented to promote Deadpool, a new one takes its place in a never-ending process. For over a year now we have been used to the release of news related to the cinematic universe of Read more about Media Engagement: Connecting Production, Texts and Audiences International Symposium[…]

Pierluigi Vecchi, "Transform 1" (2016)

CosmoGRAFIES

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always thought that there is a difference between being an artist and making art for a living. Each of us can create art and take the time we need to craft our skills when we’re off from work. But make a living out of art, and by Read more about CosmoGRAFIES[…]

Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann in conversation with László Nemes at Curzon Soho.

A Q&A with “Son of Saul”‘s Director László Nemes at Curzon Soho

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always respected László Nemes‘ integrity as a filmmaker. On 12 April, at a special event for the launch of his first feature film at Curzon Soho, the Hungarian director once more showed his uncompromising approach to the screening of his debut. As per his request, no one would Read more about A Q&A with “Son of Saul”‘s Director László Nemes at Curzon Soho[…]

Neil Shirreff's "light movements"

The Intimacy of Artrooms Independent Art Fair

[Scroll down for the Italian version] You feel a little bit shy, or rather, indiscrete, when you are standing on the doorway to one of the rooms at the Melia White House Hotel in Regent’s Park set up for ARTROOMS 2016. You would like to enter, but at a glance you realise that the artist is Read more about The Intimacy of Artrooms Independent Art Fair[…]

The Man Who Bears the Cross by Attilio Maranzano

The Man Who Bears the Cross

There is a peculiar contradiction at the heart of Belgian artist Jan Fabre‘s latest project, ‘The Man Who Bears the Cross’. As a reflection on the relationship between heaven and earth, it is first of all an intimate dialogue within the self and an unspeakable dimension. But being an installation hosted in the Cathedral of Read more about The Man Who Bears the Cross[…]

Ai Weiwei, "Straight" (2008-12)

Don’t Be Sorry and Get to See Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy

He is considered one of the most daring artists in China and one of the key contemporary voices that fight for freedom of expression and human rights worldwide. He recently made the headlines when Lego refused to sell him a bulk order of bricks to complete his next installation, because the project is of a Read more about Don’t Be Sorry and Get to See Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy[…]

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A Regular of Cult Cinema

I suppose that, after three times attending the same event, one can be considered a ‘regular’, if not a ‘veteran’. Then this is the case for me at Cine-Excess, the conference and festival on global cult film traditions: I attended and presented a talk last year, and in 2011 this was my very first truly Read more about A Regular of Cult Cinema[…]

Logo for Connecting Cottbus co-production market 2015.

Back to the Connecting Cottbus Film Market

I really like film markets. They give you the feeling of a parallel world. They are so full of events and yet totally unknown to the majority of the people who just attend the regular activities of a film festival such as screenings, talks and meet and greets with actors and directors. The market is Read more about Back to the Connecting Cottbus Film Market[…]

Takashi Murakami, "11 – Dimensional Presence", 2015, at Blum & Poe.

My Top 5 from Frieze Art Fair

Now that the craze for Frieze is over, I would like to share with you my top 5 from the international art fair that ended last weekend. I went there for a relaxed stroll among contemporary trends, my third time in a row. I have to admit that I didn’t see anything particularly groundbreaking, so Read more about My Top 5 from Frieze Art Fair[…]

Poster for the 40th Gdynia Film Festival.

Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools

Here I am, waiting to board another plane to go back to London after three days in Poland. This time I’m writing a quick post from Gdańsk airport, on my way back from the 40th Gdynia Film Festival where I joined the TorinoFilmLab team and ran a masterclass in Audience Design with my colleague and Read more about Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools[…]

Jan Fabre, "Cross with Snake, II" 2012.

From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month

Here we are: with the coming months already full of new projects about to start, before jumping into workshops, masterclasses and lectures I just wanted to take a moment to share with you three pictures I took in the past weeks, as they sum up different forms of art I have experienced in August. I Read more about From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month[…]

Bruce Nauman at Biennale Arte 2015

About to Board: What’s Coming Next

I am writing this post from Gatwick airport, while waiting to board my plane. It’s not time for holidays yet, but I am relocating to Italy for the next 3 weeks for a mix of work and relaxation, which will include a well-deserved break made up of art, food and (hopefully) nice weather, ending with Read more about About to Board: What’s Coming Next[…]

Final poster for Eli Roth's film "The Green Inferno".

The Circuit of Excess: Film Industry, Taboos and Online Conversations

I have just come back from a pretty intense full immersion session in taboos, censorship and cinema hosted at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Yes, in the Czech Republic, right where Fifty Shades of Grey‘s sex symbol Jamie Dornan was presenting his latest film, Anthropoid. At this time of the year this city has a Read more about The Circuit of Excess: Film Industry, Taboos and Online Conversations[…]

Marco Lusini, "Untitled" – from Oneiric Landscapes | Acrylic | 80 x 80 cm | 1982 | Private Collection

“Marco Lusini: The Colours of the Human Soul” Opens Tomorrow at Fiumano Fine Art Gallery

What immediately strikes you while going through Italian artist Marco Lusini’s biography (1936-1989), are the many art forms he experimented with before finding his ideal medium, painting. Photography, lithography, illustration, black ink drawing, not to mention sculpture and poetry, were all fertile ground in which the Siena-born “astronaut of inner space”, as Riccardo Belloni defined Read more about “Marco Lusini: The Colours of the Human Soul” Opens Tomorrow at Fiumano Fine Art Gallery[…]

D.J. Ashba on stage.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket: Creativity, Business And Guitar Players. Part 1: D. J. Ashba

Given the fact that I love rock and roll as much as I love cinema, and possibly even more, I have decided to write a series of posts on creativity in the music business by looking in particular at guitar players. I’ll start with a guy from a small town in Indiana, US, who made it in Read more about Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket: Creativity, Business And Guitar Players. Part 1: D. J. Ashba[…]

At KASK Cinema, about to start the master class in Audience Design.

Smart Thinking for Smart Audiences: Introducing Audience Design for Your Film Strategy

Let’s be frank: ideas need to circulate as much as possible, and new terms as well. So I thought I’d spread the word a bit again, given that “Audience Design” is a fairly recent concept introduced just a few years ago by the TorinoFilmLab to raise awareness of the need for a strategic approach to Read more about Smart Thinking for Smart Audiences: Introducing Audience Design for Your Film Strategy[…]

Eddie Van Halen demonstrating his 2 hands techniques during "What it means to be American".

Born Out Of Necessity: What We Can Learn About Modding From Eddie Van Halen

I clearly remember, as a teenager, the day I got my first CD from a band I had always heard of, but didn’t have very clear ideas about. I only knew that the guitar player knew his s**t and was said to have re-designed the whole concept of playing the instrument. So one day, when Read more about Born Out Of Necessity: What We Can Learn About Modding From Eddie Van Halen[…]

Screenshot of the interactive documentary "The Most Northern Place"

“What Makes It Interactive?” Crisps, Chats and Factual Documentaries

I started to research interactive documentaries back in 2013 when I was living in Italy, because this hybrid form of storytelling matched my interest in digital narratives and audience engagement. As soon as I moved to London I looked for people interested in the topic and immediately found out that one of the leading researchers Read more about “What Makes It Interactive?” Crisps, Chats and Factual Documentaries[…]

"Digital Arabesques 2014" - Image courtesy of Miguel Chevalier

Islam, Interactivity And a Drone: Chevalier and Mossessian Reunite for “Digital Arabesques”

I’m always happy to see collaborations among artists grow, and even happier when artistic projects explore different cultures and build bridges between distant worlds. That is why I got very excited about Digital Arabesques 2014. As featured in a recent article on Designboom, the latest collaboration between French digital artist Miguel Chevalier and filmmaker Claude Read more about Islam, Interactivity And a Drone: Chevalier and Mossessian Reunite for “Digital Arabesques”[…]

How to introduce an audience to the masterpieces of The National Gallery.

Why Audiences Matter: The National Gallery Told Through Frederick Wiseman’s Documentary

Being a member of The National Gallery I have already seen its amazing permanent collection many times, as well as quite a few exhibitions (recently, “Rembrandt – The Late Works”). However, I had never had the chance to go behind the scenes and discover how the whole museum works. Thanks to Frederick Wiseman’s documentary National Read more about Why Audiences Matter: The National Gallery Told Through Frederick Wiseman’s Documentary[…]

When Talking About Art Is In Itself a Form of Art: Carlo Vanoni’s “In Bed with Mona Lisa”

I admit it: I’ve cheated. I’ve recently read Carlo Vanoni‘s book In Bed with Mona Lisa – Contemporary Art for Commuters and Curious Minds (La Toletta, 2014) all at once, while on a train from Brussels to London. Which is a shame, because the nice idea about this humorous trip into the world of contemporary Read more about When Talking About Art Is In Itself a Form of Art: Carlo Vanoni’s “In Bed with Mona Lisa”[…]

Poster For "Vigasio Sexploitation" Vol. 1

Let’s Go South and Enjoy Some (Cine)Excess

Cine-Excess is one of those places where you can spend your lunch break eating sandwiches and fresh fruit while speaking about moviemaking, crowdfunding and gatekeepers in the film industry with veteran horror directors such as Jeff Lieberman. That’s exactly what happened to me on 15 November, while I was waiting to present my paper at Read more about Let’s Go South and Enjoy Some (Cine)Excess[…]

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Audience Design: Two Strategy Sketches at Connecting Cottbus

In the film industry there is one very specific place where creativity meets business: the market. It’s the place where scriptwriters, filmmakers and producers have the concrete chance to secure a budget for their projects, or find co-production opportunities that might open new international doors to develop their films. It’s also the place where, in Read more about Audience Design: Two Strategy Sketches at Connecting Cottbus[…]

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What I Got From My One Day at “Learn Do Share”

I usually say that crosspollination is the key to today’s creative landscape: film and digital media, storytelling and coding, multi-platform worlds and social innovation, smart cities and interactive stories, gaming technologies and journalism. I couldn’t then resist when I heard that Learn Do Share was coming to London for a free two-day conference packed with Read more about What I Got From My One Day at “Learn Do Share”[…]

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, aka Sherlock Holmes and long time ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Have Fun With the Ice Bucket Challenge, but Don’t Forget to Donate After You Dry Off

This post might look a little bit off topic, but it’s for a good cause. Just a few years ago I was an assistant press officer at the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. FFC is a non-profit organisation focused on supporting scientific research in order to find therapies for patients affected by a genetic disorder Read more about Have Fun With the Ice Bucket Challenge, but Don’t Forget to Donate After You Dry Off[…]

Actors Tom Sawyer and Faith Knight on set at London Film Academy during the Filmmaking Foundation Course.

“Democracy Ends at the Door of the Set.” A Few Lessons Learned at London Film Academy

The above sentence may sound like a pretentious bellicose statement pronounced by a director on the chaotic and high-tech set of the latest summer blockbuster. Instead it was calmly expressed by writer and director David Pope within the small and intimate walls of the Filmmaking Foundation Course at London Film Academy, where the only rotors you Read more about “Democracy Ends at the Door of the Set.” A Few Lessons Learned at London Film Academy[…]

Frankenstein-like mural in Shoreditch, East London

Beyond Banksy: A Taste of Street Art in London

I have always thought that part of the success of street art lies in the fact that these artists manage to integrate their oeuvres within urban spaces in the most unexpected ways. Their provoking works interact with what’s around them and force us to view walls, bridges, doors and windows through different eyes. Outside of Read more about Beyond Banksy: A Taste of Street Art in London[…]

"The Space Project"

I Heard the Sound of Space, Once. Then a DJ Played on it.

I wasn’t a fan of “hard sciences” when I was younger. Actually, I had a fatal attraction for social sciences (if the difference still makes any sense). Maybe I never fell in love with physics and chemistry because of the lack of passion – not to mention the poor will of engagement with students – Read more about I Heard the Sound of Space, Once. Then a DJ Played on it.[…]