Not your usual bedtime story

We’re in the age of liberty and rebellion, that’s for sure.

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First we have Proud To Protest – a project by SHOWstudio’s Ruth Hodgen and Gareth Pugh in support of Amnesty International’s campaign to raise awareness for gay and lesbian rights. Ruth, who we know from pretty much every Pugh movie, shot another abstract-black-and-white-metaphoric video for the occasion. Very Pugh-ish indeed. The more interesting part of the project, if you ask me, are the striking 20-seconds videos with emblematic figures such as Kate Moss, Nicola Formichetti, Roskanda Illincic, Stephen Jones and my all-time favourite – Michele Lamy. You can watch them all here. And try to find Lamy *hint: search for the most glassy eyes*.

Number two we have Barney’s latest campaign featuring an entirely transgender cast of beautiful ladies and gents. To be honest I’d never imagine something so modern as intersex rights to float around the strict and classic floors of Barney’s, but that’s only my bad. The very-amazing and very-american Bruce Weber shot the advertorial together with a short movie of testimonials from the ‘models’ and their family. It’s truly inspiring to see people who are so well aware of themselves and the world around them. I mean, besides knowing which sex I’m attracted to, everything else is a bit of a mystery to me, so thumbs up for those guys.



Morning rituals

I friend of someone I know used to wake up every morning, shower, get dressed, leave the house, go around the block and come back inside. His office was in his flat.

Rituals are essential. Inspired by Balzac, Hanse Ulrich Obrist, an important man in contemporary curating, tried to drink 20 espressos a day. Hanse isn’t Italian, so obviously he couldn’t pull it up. Then, following da Vinci, he tried to sleep for 15 minutes every 3 hours. Currently he just likes to wake up early every day and run in the green oasis of London’s Hyde Park. He also buys a book each day. In fact he ‘can’t live without buying a book every day’.

Now. I don’t have the beauty of Hyde Park to accompany my morning nor will I die if I don’t buy a book tomorrow, but I do enjoy rituals. I was about to say rituals are what differentiate us from animals, but that’s most likely untrue. Oh well.. Either way rituals do have a crucial role in building our own culture, discipline and sanity. I don’t really have any religiously practiced rituals just yet, but I do look forward to having a special way of doing things. Especially morning. Mornings are just so unbearable.

So here’s to more rituals in 2014. And not to be confused with routines.