8 May 2020, 12:32 pm
We asked SP-Arte team to recommend books, series, films or other activities that have helped them to overcome this moment of social isolation. Find out a bit more about who makes SP-Arte happen, and what they have been enjoying of culture over the last few months!
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Varilux French Film Festival
Varilux French Cinema Festival made more than fifty free films available on its website until August 25th. I always had a special taste for French cinema and its slower pace. In times like the ones we are facing, I think it is important to go at a slower and more sensitive pace as that of these films.
Daily Breath (podcast), Deepak Chopra
Weekly podcasts by writer and professor Deepak Chopra convey interesting messages about spirituality, presence and well-being. In challenging times like the ones we are experiencing, the Daily Breath podcast has been of great support to maintain focus and perseverance.
Numanice (EP), Ludmilla
I did not use to like Ludmilla, much less the Brazilian music genre pagode. But after watching a show by the singer from Rio a week before entering isolation, I couldn’t stop listening to her songs. As a gift, Ludmilla released a pagode EP just to confirm that her voice perfectly matches the genre.
This series is for those who want to completely disconnect from reality and immerse themselves in the fiction of a world that may not be so far from us. Westworld tells the story of entrepreneurs who decided to create an Old Western theme park with robots identical to humans (and part of the fun is finding out who is what), where visitors can do whatever they want with them. The final episode of the third season aired on May 3, and the only certainty is that the story is going places that have nothing to do with the beginning of the series.
Espaço em obra: cidade, arte, arquitetura, Guilherme Wisnik and Julio Mariutti (Edições Sesc São Paulo)
I have been following Guilherme Wisnik’s publications since taking my first classes with him in History of Art II at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAU-USP), and this one is particularly interesting because it addresses the convergence between city, architecture and art through a collection of articles by the author associated with Julio Mariutti’s graphic essays. This format allows for a fluid reading that has been very enjoyable at this time.
Coronavida, Giselle Beiguelman (Select Magazine)
In addition to the many news that we see daily, it seems important to set aside time for reflections such as those presented by Giselle Beiguelman in her most recent articles for Select magazine. Under the title Coronavida (find the texts here: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06), the artist and teacher discusses the impacts of the pandemic on society in terms of artistic, cultural and everyday life during this period we are living in.
Some media outlets point out that this series predicted the current pandemic in an impressive episode available since November 2019. But in addition to this, Explained deals with several other topics, bringing at each episode a brief and more informative overview of each topic, with interviews, graphs and historical data. It is ideal for those who want to diversify their knowledge in a light way.
Respondendo em voz alta, Laurinha Lero
The podcast is a shower of creativity and a breeze of good news in the world of podcasts. With its content based only on the imagination of its creator, the mysterious Laurinha Lero (who never revealed her identity publicly), the podcast addresses any type of theme, no matter what. What matters is the relaxed and unique form of the presenter, a scathing and extremely observant young woman who turns any banal subject into an ear balm.
Knives Out (NOW)
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film features the best that can be expected from an investigative suspense plot. Almost based on an old-fashioned mystery, worthy of an Agatha Christie’s novel, the super original script is able to keep the mystery at the same time touching on current themes like fake news and xenophobia. The film keeps the viewer with the eyes glued to the screen until the last minute of the film, in addition to being excellent entertainment.
Se deus me chamar não vou, Mariana Carrara (Nós editions)
The book is written from the perspective of an eleven-year-old girl, Maria Carmen, who sensibly addresses topics such as loneliness and fear of death. The narrative, extremely well tied and with the right tone between lyricism and colloquialism, holds the reader from beginning to end.
Sex and the City (HBO)
To relax, I started watching all the seasons of Sex and the City on HBO. Times are tough and nothing better than a good dose of New York in the nineties along with a jar of ice cream to forget that we are in quarantine.
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Our Planet (Netflix)
I love nature, and in this moment of confinement inside my apartment in the center of São Paulo, I have found soothing in the beautiful images of the series Our Planet, which explores the diversity and richness of flora and fauna around the globe. With uncanny narration by the great David Attenborough, the series points out how all ecosystems are interconnected and what the dramatic consequences of global warming are. I wonder how many animals must be benefiting from the current quarantine of humans.
Puzzle of Sol Poente, work by Tarsila do Amaral
Just before the quarantine started, I gave a puzzle to my five-year-old sister, Eva. I started playing with her, who soon went on to another distraction, while I was unable to drop the puzzle until finished. As soon as the home office started, I decided to feed my inner child and gifted myself with this game for adults of, astoundingly, 2.000 pieces. After three weeks, I am still far from the end, and I continue to savor the pleasure of taking a break from the screens and clearing my head by putting together Tarsila’s brushstrokes in the right way.
Um defeito de cor, Ana Maria Gonçalves (Publisher: Record)
I read Ana Maria Gonçalves’ historical novel about two years ago, but whenever I have the opportunity, I recommend this reading. My favorite book of all time, tells in the first person the story of Kehinde, captured as a child in the old Kingdom of Dahomey in the early 19th century, and brought to Bahia where she was sold as a slave. It is an epic of struggle, resistance, overcoming, reinvention and reframing of a story still poorly told in Brazil: that of the millions of enslaved people who were abducted from their African lands and brought here.
Panelinha, Rita Lobo (book and blog)
As a good taurus, I love to eat well. I have been entertaining myself with Rita Lobo’s cookbook, which had been left forgotten at home collecting dust for years. I already consider myself a disciple of the chef, who both in her book and in her blog presents a selection of tasty recipes that are at the reach of anyone who has the will and a bit of patience to venture between ingredients, pots and stove. So far some of the recipes that have worked best at home have been: baked kibbeh, fluffy chocolate cake and hummus. Delicious!