I have a conflictual relationship with photography as a medium of expression I’m trying to solve. Update: Apparently the conflict is on its way to be solved, I just finished a course on B&W printing and with a friend we’re setting up our own darkrom.
I’m also good at what I do for a living, which is graphic design. Not styling, mind you. As Bruno Munari put it “Le soluzioni basilari e essenziali non passano mai di moda; il resto è styling”: basic and essential solutions are never outmoded; the rest is styling. Styling sometimes makes me unconfortable, but i try to approach it from a projectual point of view.
- Small gods – Terry Pratchett
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Noël Adams
- A Large Number – Wisława Szymborska
- Gödel, Escher, Bach, an Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
- The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
- Flatland – Edwin Abbott
- Il Colombre e altri racconti – Dino Buzzati
- Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
Also, I enjoy reading about the history of the ancient Near East and the origins of writing systems.
Dexter and Boris (a satirical series depicting the backstage of a typical italian soap). I generally like good cinema but I’m not keeping a list of favourites movies. I’m in love with Sarah Silverman and her delicate sense of humour.
If you put my iTunes on random play you’re assured to find something you hate: I listen to every kind of music, from electronica to the occasional classic piece, to some obscure ethnomusicological recording. I’m interested in musical traditions from every corner of the globe and I dislike the label “world music”. Every now and then I find myself wondering why Gala Rizzatto virtually disappeared after Come Into My Life.
Here follows a list of some artist I’m listening quite regularly these days:
- Maria Del Mar Bonet
- Ojos de Brujo
- Fabrizio de Andrè
- The Knife
- Actitud Maria Marta
- Liliana Felipe
- Adriana Calcanhoto
- Joan Manuel Serrat
A more comprehensive list on http://www.lastfm.it/user/marcomastri/
I really don’t like salt, when cooking my own food i use the least amount. I enjoy meat, but i find myself eating less and less of it. I love to try everything at least once, and the place i’m in strongly affects my “daringness” and perception of taste, ie. in Brasil i tried chicken hearts skewers (yum!), something i’m not sure i would have done here. I enjoy cooking even though i’m far from being grandmother-level… i’d like to have more time to hone my skills.
When i was a child before bedtime i used to think about the concepts of infinity and eternal sleep until i scared the shit out of myself; sometimes I still do it.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about perception and self-perception.
Apart from my regular commitments i don’t have “days” for doing things, it’s not a big deal wether someone feels like going out for clubs on monday or spending saturday night reading on the sofa.
Oh, e si você é brasiliana o lusofona, porque só acabei um curso de Português :)