Tag Archives: 90’s

24 Grana – Loop

I think the Soul
is something that moves
slower than our thoughts
It fluctuates slowly
and the mind game
makes it distant from the truth

Apart from this, the Word
forever directs its fast programming
to the images that it remembers from time immemorial
I think the Soul
walks as fast as the rhythm
in a very slow sound mixing

I feel elevated by thinking
about the circular movement
of the waves… Continue reading

Brief history of the NO TAV movement

Stop that train!

NO TAV (No to the High Speed Train) is a movement based in the Susa Valley in Piedmont that opposes the creation of the new high speed railway line between Turin and Lyon in France. This line is part of a EU project which plans to connect Lyon to Budapest and then onto Ukraine. Similar protest movements were active in the early 90s in Florence, Bologna and Rome, but their militancy and the brutal repression that this triggered in the Susa Valley has made the Piedmontese movement the most talked about. Continue reading

From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc (by Uniriot)

What thread links the political experience of Tute Bianche with the Book Blocs we have seen last autumn on the streets of Rome and London? What is the link between the alter-globalisation movement of Seattle and Genoa and the student and youth movements that are now setting Europe on fire?  These two movements belong to two very different historical and political moments: that one exploded in the peak time of the expansion of globalization, while the current one gives voice to a generational rebellion against the crisis and the policies of austerity launched by most European government. (Uniriot)

Some Italian students from Uniriot (‘Network of Rebellious Universities’) have recently taken part to an event in London in which they discussed the recent  Italian and European student struggles. Here’s what they had to say, as published on the Uniriot website: From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc.

Book Blocs at students demo in London 2010

Sud – Almamegretta

South, you’re in my heart, yes, you’re the blood inside my veins/ From the South we came and in the South we grew up/ Some people only take, some people never get anything/ What we’ve been through we can’t forget, it’s on our minds every day/ We’re from Naples, we’re from another world, where there’s no good and you start digging the bottom/ Dig more, dig more and you’ll understand why we’re in this mess/ Continue reading

Europe Calling! Reclaim Education!

Just found this very interesting flyer on the very brilliant website Uniriot Network, made after the latest European student gathering last spring. It explains very well the links and similarities between recent student struggles in Europe.

It’s 4 pages long, download them here: P1, P2, P3, P4. Read more about it on the Uniriot Network website.

Tutti giù per terra (We all fall down), directed by Davide Ferrario, 1997

You didn’t wanna become a Communist…you don’t wanna make money either…what bloody animal are you?“.

This film was for me what possibly “Trainspotting” was for you. It brought fresh air. To hell with all that fake nonsense about beautiful, perfect young people knowing exactly what they want and how to get it. “Tutti giù per terra” is about how difficult, sometimes lonely, and slightly surreal life can be when you’re growing up and you know you’re different, you have no idea who you are and you feel like an alien most of the time. It’s about finding oneself.

The movie is set in Turin, which truly gives its best here. The main character is Walter. He’s 20. His father is a factory worker and a Communist, his mother a housewife. He hasn’t got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions, and he’s still a virgin unlike everyone else around him. He rejects conventional values but he’s too insecure and confused to be a “proper” rebel, to be “cool”. Continue reading