Monday, May 21, 2018

Rome's MAXXI

Museo nazionale delle
arti del XXI secolo

On looking at Zaha Hadid’s building from the outside…
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Zena: What’s nice about concrete is that it looks unfinished. She said that.
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Eva: She said that?
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Zena: In Italy, that fits. Tiles that develop a patina. Rome, the eternal city. Construction going on among the ruins. Perhaps that was one of Zaha’s messages here.
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Eva: But the tree?
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Zena: Make of it what you will.
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Eva: Who invented concrete?
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Zena: Like everything else, we Romans.
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Voice-over
The Romans invented concrete but what Zaha Hadid could do with concrete surprises even Italians.
And the museum has curated three great architectural exhibitions. Tel Aviv: The White City, Home Beirut: Sounding the Neighbors, and Bruno Zevi’s commentaries on Italian architects 1944 to 2000. A seamless passage from building to exhibitions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chopping rags for cotton paper


At the paper-making museum…
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Water power...
Claudia: The best paper is made of 100% cotton. Rags are collected and put in vats. Water turns the wheel and the camshaft raises the hammers. Then the hammers drop beating the rags to pulp.
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Ariana: The noise.
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Claudia: Yes. The hammers have nails in their heads. It helps chop the rags. Amazing what they did with a wooden machine driven by water.
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Voice-over
Water turned the wheel. Water helped make pulp. Later, water was turned to steam to dry the paper.
Older methods of paper-making like producing archive-quality cotton-based paper contrast with ecologically sympathetic hydro-electrically mass-produced paper. Fabriano: a UNESCO Creative City.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The silence of sign language


Silent speech…
Watching is istening...
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Carlo: And how was the Diocletian Termini?
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Antonio: Amazing, of course. The structure, the sculptures, yes. But most impressive was a sign language workshop.
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Carlo: Inside?
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Antonio: Upstairs. 25 deaf people. All young. A leader was commenting on their individual performances performed on video explaining the exhibits.
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Carlo: In sign language?
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Antonio: All in sign language. The room was so quiet.
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Carlo: Just the fluttering of the hands?
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Antonio: Very occasionally, a voice, a laugh, a cough.
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Voice-over
As we age, we appreciate subdued conversations. And as deafness descends, sign language may be an optional voice.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ginger at the Singapore Botanical Garden

At the Halia…
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Guest 1: Everything has a ginger flavor?
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Waiter: Correct, madam.
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Guest 1: I’ll try the tuna tatare with yuzu, hazelnuts, lime and dragon fruit.
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Guest 2: And for me the cauliflower shallot bake. The idea of tomato, coriander and turmeric appeals.
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Waiter: Yes, sir, the turmeric is from the yellow ginger in the garden. For drinks, may I recommend Rosemary’s passion? The rosemary is steeped overnight. Or the cucumber turmeric anti-stress tea?
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Voice-over

--> The Singapore Botanical Gardens… in the Ginger Garden. Where else? A restaurant where you can taste the health. Halia....