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BEAUTY: A Short Video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro (Vimeo)

Monday, January 27th, 2014


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L’enigma della Bellezza

«Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws,
And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;»
(W. Shakespeare, Sonnet no. 19)

Sulla bellezza da sempre aleggiano le nubi del destino e del tempo divoratore. La bellezza è cantata, raffigurata e descritta fin dall’antichità come l’attimo fuggente della felicità e della pienezza della vita inesauribile, fin dall’inizio destinata ad un epilogo tragico e salvifico.

In questa interpretazione di Rino Stefano Tagliafierro la bellezza è riportata alla forza espressiva di un gesto che egli scaturisce dall’immobilità del quadro, animando un sentimento sottraendolo alla fissità museale. Come se in quelle immagini che la storia dell’arte ci ha consegnato fosse congelato un movimento che l’oggi può rivitalizzare grazie al fuoco dell’inventiva digitale.

Una serie ben congegnata di immagini della più bella tradizione pittorica (dal rinascimento al simbolismo di fine ottocento, passando per il manierismo, il paesaggismo, il romanticismo e il neoclassicismo) sono accostate secondo un’intenzione che rintraccia il sentimento sotto il velo delle apparenze. Un’ispirazione che ci restituisce il senso di una caducità e della brevità esistenziale che l’autore interpreta con la dignità tragica di uno sguardo disincantato, capace di cogliere il senso profondo di un’immagine.
La bellezza in questa interpretazione è la compagna silenziosa della vita che inesorabilmente procede dal sorriso del bambino, attraverso l’estasi erotica, verso la smorfia di dolore che chiude un ciclo destinato a ripetersi all’infinito.

Significativi, da questo punto di vista, sono l’incipit di un’alba romantica nel cui cielo volano grossi uccelli neri e il finale del tramonto romantico con rovine gotiche che compie l’opera del tempo che fugge.

Giuliano Corti



The Enigma of Beauty

«Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws,
And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;»
(W. Shakespeare, Sonnet no. 19)

Over Beauty there has always hung the cloud of destiny and all-devouring time. Beauty has been invoked, re-figured and described since antiquity as a fleeting moment of happiness and the inexhaustible fullness of life, doomed from the start to a redemptive yet tragic end.

In this interpretation by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, this beauty is brought back to the expressive force of gestures that he springs from the immobility of canvas, animating a sentiment lost to the fixedness masterpieces.

It is as though these images which the history of art has consigned to us as frozen movement can today come back to life thanks to the fire of digital invention. A series of well selected images from the tradition of pictorial beauty are appropriated, (from the renaissance to the symbolism of the late 1800s, through Mannerism, Pastoralism, Romanticism and Neo-classicism) with the intention of retracing the sentiment beneath the veil of appearance.

An inspiration that returns to us the sense of one fallen, and the existential brevity that the author interprets as tragic dignity, with an unenchanted eye able to capture the profoundest sense of the image.

Beauty in this interpretation is the silent companion of Life , inexorably leading from the smile of the baby, through erotic ecstasies to the grimaces of pain that close a cycle destined to repeat ad infinitum.

They are, from the inception of a romantic sunrise in which big black birds fly to the final sunset beyond gothic ruins that complete the piece, a work of fleeting time.

Giuliano Corti
(English translation: Thomas McEvoy)

© Rino Stefano Tagliaferro

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro (1980) is an Italian experimental animator and director based in Milan. His output includes music videos (for artists such as Four Tet, Stumbleine, Digitalism, Mobbing, M+A and ORAX) and fashion videos (Antonio Marras, Kenzo). In addition to collaborating with teams and video artists creating interactive video projections for exhibitions, museums and special events, he has participated in many festivals and competitions, and has received numerous international awards in recognition of his work.




Saturday, December 21st, 2013



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Sunday, November 17th, 2013


Mexico’s black president abolished slavery before U.S. Civil War

Apr 10, 2013
Andy Porras


Mexico’s second president, Vicente Guerrero 

Only a few of us Chicanos have read or heard of Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s second president. He’s best remembered by our neighboring country’s school children for his words during those revolutionary times,”Mi patria es primero.” “My motherland comes first.”

Since the election of Barack Obama as U.S. President four years ago and his re-election in November, Guerrero is gaining extra recognition in Mexico and the United States as well, on two counts.

Mexico abolished slavery a third of a century before the U.S.

First, he, not Obama, is the first man of African heritage to be elected president of a North American country. Historians write that Guerrero’s paternal grandfather was either a slave himself or descended from African slaves. Second, Guerrero abolished slavery in Mexico in 1829, a third of a century before the United States fought its bloody Civil War and the U.S. Congress passed the 13th Amendment to our Constitution.

Guerrero, the son of African-Mexican Pedro Guerrero, was assassinated two years after taking office. His mother Guadalupe was born to indigenous Mexican parents. Herman Bennett shares their story in his book “Africans in Colonial Mexico”. The first African slaves were brought to the New World before the Mayflower showed up in 1620. By the early 1600s the number of Africans dropped off at Mexican ports “collectively rivaled, if not outnumbered, Spaniards throughout New Spain,” writes Bennett. “At Veracruz, persons of African descent constituted 63 percent of the non-indigenous population.”

As African Americans pay tribute to their forebears this month, we should examine our southern neighbor for the prominent role Africans played there. Their contributions have been flimsily acknowledged and grossly under-appreciated in Mexico, say their historians.

The Third Root

Indoctrinated through a Eurocentric system of education much like our own, most Mexicans know little or nothing about “the third root” that blended with their Spanish and indigenous heritages. The closer you look at this historical image, the easier it becomes to realize how African influences significantly enriched it through art, music, language, cuisine and dance.

As Mexico’s second president following the toppling of Spanish rule, Guerrero, a gallant Mexican Revolutionary War general, was sometimes mocked as “el Negro Guerrero.” But today the state he served carries his name. His family settled in Tixtla, a town 100 kilometers inland from Acapulco, a key port of entry for slave ships which consequently has a large African population.

During Mexico’s War of Independence, Guerrero’s father Pedro, a supporter of the Spanish rulers, asked his son for his sword to present to the viceroy of New Spain as a sign of good will and surrender. Vicente refused, proclaiming, “The will of my father is for me sacred, but my Motherland is first.” His quote became the motto of its southern Mexican state of later named Guerrero in his honor.

Andy Porras, a retired teacher and publisher, has been a contributing columnist with Hispanic Link News Service for nearly three decades. He resides in Sacramento, Calif., and can be reached at


PLAYBOY: The Complete Playmate Index, or Mother Data Base

Friday, September 6th, 2013


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60th Anniversary

“The word-nerd writer in me has never forgotten that it was Playboy’s Hugh Hefner who in 1949 coined and minted the term ‘lifestyle,’ a concept now indispensible to speakers of English.”
— Al Young


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Click here to read the late White House press corps journalist Helen Thomas’ full April 2011 Playboy interview with David Hochman



STAND BY ME | Global Version from Playing For Change & Concord Music

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


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From Santa Monica, New Orleans, New Mexico, to the Netherlands, South Africa, Congo, Italy, France, Brazil, Russia — and all around the world

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“Stand By Me” (© Ben E. King, Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller); inspired by the spiritual, “Lord, Stand By Me”