The starting phrase was “may you live in interesting times“. An emblematic phrase, often heard, with something of prophetic and used as a pressing challenge (even for themselves) in the last Venice Biennale. In that occasion was intended to be a primary topic and guideline. A dogma that contains within the paradigm of interest, which is so subjective that it can be applied to any argument. Nowadays, who would ever dare to decide what is interesting or not?! It’s easy to say that influencers do their part conveying the general interest in everything can be considered as the best. In addition, there is a thriving attention to everything that, right or wrong, goes through social media. The platforms have taken the place of the newsboy who ranted the news in the middle of the street, the influencers became the burgomaster in the pulpit and the blogs have become the personal source of news and interest (in fact) for anyone who follows them. As it’s said “there are many versions of the news”.
So what are we doing here? Is it possible that The Writer wants to get into these ranks between bloggers and influencers and from the top of her small pulpit also have her say on what is interesting in these allegedly interesting times?
Yes and no. What really I care is not telling people what they should or shouldn’t see; or imposing what is interesting or not. I mean, who really could be so cultured, sensitive, powerful and omniscient to do that!? However, they do … (not bad!)
I don’t deal with fashion, but I get dressed; I don’t write about high cuisine, but I eat, however; neither of travelling, even if I do frequently), nor of bella vita, nor about make up.
I deal with what has always interested me the most and for which I have also spent many years of my life to deepen, in order to never write things uncorrect. What is art and what is culture, what is the signifier in the Saussurian sense (and also what’s the meaning, why not). All that is deep and not superficial vehicle for the interest, for the richness of the deepening, what makes a human being, a curious, lively human being. In short, an interested human being.
One thing must be clear, lithic. I’m not the type to say that one thing is more interesting than another! Anyone has the right to be interested in whatever their instincts, propensities or passing fashions tell them. Like me, who at the age of 15, for two weeks, I thrilled a passion for hip hop dance…
I will write about topics of which I have judjment and knowledge, topics I believe are rich in aspects and ideas, for more than one type of person. Or for people who believe in the power of comparison.
Because all this can form the backbone of art and it constitutes the basic synapses of a functioning brain.
Because once someone said “Art is the daughter of his time”.
And as it was at the time of the Sumerians and Romans, in the Florentine Renaissance, in the French Enlightenment or German Romanticism, those were all contemporary times for art. And this is our contemporary art, our life. This is our Renaissance (…) even if it is built today through the Internet, through the popularity nourished by the approval of people who we don’t know and by increasingly bold lines of inspiration. But art cannot die, culture cannot either (although I must say that bomb attacks are there every day..). And naturally cannot die the interesting. So, saying “May you live in interesting times” is like to say “May you go at restaurant and eat it!”
It’s quite unlikely that this seraphic warning will not come true…’
Who writes a blog or manages a social page, wants to be seen and made to feel, because he or she believes having something interesting to say or show. And today, many people believe it and, even more, to assume it.
My perspective supports a different assertion.
With the means we have, it is difficult to getting bored: we find interest in anything. But in the same way, by extremely rapid and easy nature of these means’s nature, their observation is also easy and rough. The classic distinction between seeing and observing.
Many artists, cartoonists, designers and simple amateurs can trace the lines of today’s individual with their noses in their smartphones, intent on seeing something else meanwhile life flows around. And they are all more than interested.
What is missing in these times is not interest but a real awareness of what is being done and observed around. I set myself with a basic intent to give something that may be of interest, however with the eyes, care, participation and propensity for an empathy well open and available. Because it is very easy to exude indifference. Remain careless when you go on a trip to a museum, when you pass in front of a monument een a thousand times or just notice a changing season. What I intend to do is taking some small signs of the fact that man can still be a thinking and evolved animal; which he was in the past and which he still is today and make the best of it. This rational animal connects with what remains in the perception and attention of those who want to read, follow, see and participate.
The famous phrase, the mantra, the magic, “May you live in interesting times“, used as a curse by Chinese culture, actually makes sense: for Chinese culture the idea of “interesting has a dark and threatening sound, which undermines the perfection of their balance for something unstable and destined to change. But for western culture, the threat is very lukewarm, while as a challenge it could be interesting, however, with an already written ending.
The real wish that I make to every person who passes through this platform and with whom I am going to create something concretely clean and valid is
MAY YOU ALL LIVE IN A NOT INDIFFERENT TIMES…
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