Arts and enterteinment

Wu Ming’s “Proletkult”

13 February, 2021 · Literature

The premise was as appealing as it could be: retelling Bogdanov's Red Star amid the 1917 revolution. The main character, Leonid, actually a surrogate for Bogdanov himself, would have had a daughter in the communist Mars. The young woman comes back to look for him in the midst of the world revolution. But no. We discover that the plot begins in 1927, in the midst of the Stalinist counterrevolution, shortly before the killing and purging of the generation that had carried out the revolution. And that the authors replace historical context with a jumble, a tangle even, of prejudices and distortions... A tngle that is anything but innocent.

Servant

17 January, 2021 · TV

Apple TV begins broadcasting the second season of Servant. In the first one, Tony Basgallop and Night Shyamalan tried to take that storytelling format we call a series in a new direction. The result brought them to the limits of tolerable representation within the current ideology. Servant was not only the best production of 2019, but it also showed the best possible way of telling stories... to date.

Tenet

6 January, 2021 · Movies

The bad guys in Tenet, unsurprisingly, are our class. And no surprise either, our existence is denied throughout the entire timeline, we only keep a probabilistic existence in that possible future they fear so much, possible if we keep struggling today.

Roadkill

25 October, 2020 · TV

Roadkill is the political series of the season on the BBC. The narrative is built on the wake of the «House of Cards» of the nineties, but without the Shakespearean histrionics and the overdose of cynicism of the original model. In fact, Roadkill is one of the few political series that encourages real political reflection.

Reclaiming our cities

12 July, 2020 · Architecture

Both the "new normal" summer in Europe and the winter of confinement in South America may be a good time to take back the places we live in a very different way.

Christo

1 June, 2020 · Plastic Arts

His absolute emptiness, his use of monstrous scales as a way of attracting capital, his pecuniary greed - only comparable in impudence to Dalí - his total, absolute and voluntary renunciation of signifying the slightest contribution to those who contemplate his works, is in itself a faithful, hyper-realistic even, portrait of the spirit of the ruling classes of his time. Classes of which he was a part from his birth. That is why Christo is a paradox. It's not art, no. But its essence is so sterile and dead that it represents like few others the anti-human, anti-historical character of the system in our times. Bunting or tarp cover included.

What is to be done?

3 March, 2020 · Literature

What did a social democrat of Lenin's generation mean by a proletarian who became a "professional revolutionary". For answering we have to revisit the original "What Is to Be Done"... by Chernishevsky