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Mika wrote a column called "Still a kiss..." on Vogue Italia that will be released on 04.11.2017

On the site you can find an anticipation of it http://www.vogue.it/news/notizie-del-giorno/2017/10/31/ancora-un-bacio-mika-vogue-italia-novembre-2017/

 

Translation by VV*

 

It starts today, and it airs every Tuesday until November the 20th at 21:20 on Rai2, “Stasera Casa Mika”, the award winning Mika one man show. The Lebanese born, English based singer/songwriter, who came out as gay in 2012, is the author of a bold article, available on the November number of Vogue Italia, out November the 4th. Here is a brief anticipation.

 

A cover, three kisses, a heterosexual and two gay ones. Why does the September edition of Vogue Italia, rose such a big amount of dust, ending up being seen and shared millions of times on thousands Instagram accounts worldwide? Wasn’t it “just a kiss”, at the end?

The reason seems clear: the gay kiss. But if we look closer, maybe things are not really as they seem. If on one hand an act of love between two men (or two women) is still able to raise such a fuss, on the other, this reaction is the proof that the picture does work. Because it touches a deep spot of our being. And forces us to think.

So: are we really sure, that what makes this picture so annoying is homosexuality? What if it was its visual composition, so full of subtexts, of delicate undertones and connections? The lips of two men which almost brush against each other, without getting to touch, suspended in the never-ending moment which follows or precedes the kiss: this is maybe, what makes it so special. Because if we browse the socials, we can find millions of gay kisses, even far more explicit than this. But they are nothing more than bits of stories, lacking emotions, interpretation, they are cold even if we add a “warm” tone to the picture.

Technology got us used to a huge stream of images that we like and which we immediately forget. It’s a process which is killing empathy, it’s a huge peril.

Provocation, on the other hand, is a discipline that needs an artistic and intellectual preparation.

Without intelligence, sensitivity, and culture, it becomes sensationalism, or worse, trash.

The “provocateur” is aware of his role, and assumes full and serious responsibility. And that’s what magazines have to do as well, especially those that have an authoritative and transversal voice, as Vogue Italia does, because they measure the emotional temperature of society. The image they put on the cover is therefore a visual statement, the equivalent of a written editorial: it forces you to take some time, the time you need to listen to a story, find its interpretation, examine it in depth, things that in the kaleidoscopic juke-box of the web, we don’t do anymore. That’s where the true provocation lays, on Vogue Italia’s cover. In the call to find such emotion again. The one enclosed in the wait for the imagined kiss, which is the most intense part of the kiss itself.

Mika, Vogue Italia, November 2017, n.807

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1 hour ago, Lucrezia said:

Mika wrote a column called "Still a kiss..." on Vogue Italia that will be released on 04.11.2017

On the site you can find an anticipation of it http://www.vogue.it/news/notizie-del-giorno/2017/10/31/ancora-un-bacio-mika-vogue-italia-novembre-2017/

If you want I can translate it

 

Please:flowers2:

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Hi there, here a translation for you! Such a good piece of literature!

 

It starts today, and it airs every Tuesday until November the 20th at 21:20 on Rai2, “Stasera Casa Mika”, the award winning Mika one man show. The Lebanese born, English based singer/songwriter, who came out as gay in 2012, is the author of a bold article, available on the November number of Vogue Italia, out November the 4th. Here is a brief anticipation.

 

A cover, three kisses, a heterosexual and two gay ones. Why does the September edition of Vogue Italia, rose such a big amount of dust, ending up being seen and shared millions of times on thousands Instagram accounts worldwide? Wasn’t it “just a kiss”, at the end?

The reason seems clear: the gay kiss. But if we look closer, maybe things are not really as they seem. If on one hand an act of love between two men (or two women) is still able to raise such a fuss, on the other, this reaction is the proof that the picture does work. Because it touches a deep spot of our being. And forces us to think.

So: are we really sure, that what makes this picture so annoying is homosexuality? What if it was its visual composition, so full of subtexts, of delicate undertones and connections? The lips of two men which almost brush against each other, without getting to touch, suspended in the never-ending moment which follows or precedes the kiss: this is maybe, what makes it so special. Because if we browse the socials, we can find millions of gay kisses, even far more explicit than this. But they are nothing more than bits of stories, lacking emotions, interpretation, they are cold even if we add a “warm” tone to the picture.

Technology got us used to a huge stream of images that we like and which we immediately forget. It’s a process which is killing empathy, it’s a huge peril.

Provocation, on the other hand, is a discipline that needs an artistic and intellectual preparation.

Without intelligence, sensitivity, and culture, it becomes sensationalism, or worse, trash.

The “provocateur” is aware of his role, and assumes full and serious responsibility. And that’s what magazines have to do as well, especially those that have an authoritative and transversal voice, as Vogue Italia does, because they measure the emotional temperature of society. The image they put on the cover is therefore a visual statement, the equivalent of a written editorial: it forces you to take some time, the time you need to listen to a story, find its interpretation, examine it in depth, things that in the kaleidoscopic juke-box of the web, we don’t do anymore. That’s where the true provocation lays, on Vogue Italia’s cover. In the call to find such emotion again. The one enclosed in the wait for the imagined kiss, which is the most intense part of the kiss itself.

Mika, Vogue Italia, November 2017, n.807

 

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4 hours ago, *Vv* said:

Hi there, here a translation for you! Such a good piece of literature!

 

It starts today, and it airs every Tuesday until November the 20th at 21:20 on Rai2, “Stasera Casa Mika”, the award winning Mika one man show. The Lebanese born, English based singer/songwriter, who came out as gay in 2012, is the author of a bold article, available on the November number of Vogue Italia, out November the 4th. Here is a brief anticipation.

 

A cover, three kisses, a heterosexual and two gay ones. Why does the September edition of Vogue Italia, rose such a big amount of dust, ending up being seen and shared millions of times on thousands Instagram accounts worldwide? Wasn’t it “just a kiss”, at the end?

The reason seems clear: the gay kiss. But if we look closer, maybe things are not really as they seem. If on one hand an act of love between two men (or two women) is still able to raise such a fuss, on the other, this reaction is the proof that the picture does work. Because it touches a deep spot of our being. And forces us to think.

So: are we really sure, that what makes this picture so annoying is homosexuality? What if it was its visual composition, so full of subtexts, of delicate undertones and connections? The lips of two men which almost brush against each other, without getting to touch, suspended in the never-ending moment which follows or precedes the kiss: this is maybe, what makes it so special. Because if we browse the socials, we can find millions of gay kisses, even far more explicit than this. But they are nothing more than bits of stories, lacking emotions, interpretation, they are cold even if we add a “warm” tone to the picture.

Technology got us used to a huge stream of images that we like and which we immediately forget. It’s a process which is killing empathy, it’s a huge peril.

Provocation, on the other hand, is a discipline that needs an artistic and intellectual preparation.

Without intelligence, sensitivity, and culture, it becomes sensationalism, or worse, trash.

The “provocateur” is aware of his role, and assumes full and serious responsibility. And that’s what magazines have to do as well, especially those that have an authoritative and transversal voice, as Vogue Italia does, because they measure the emotional temperature of society. The image they put on the cover is therefore a visual statement, the equivalent of a written editorial: it forces you to take some time, the time you need to listen to a story, find its interpretation, examine it in depth, things that in the kaleidoscopic juke-box of the web, we don’t do anymore. That’s where the true provocation lays, on Vogue Italia’s cover. In the call to find such emotion again. The one enclosed in the wait for the imagined kiss, which is the most intense part of the kiss itself.

Mika, Vogue Italia, November 2017, n.807

 

My word, can this man write.

 

*waits for book*

 

...

 

 

*forever*

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Here is the article, photos and video "Bacio" from the issue VOGUE Italia September 2017.

 

Vogue Italia settembre 2017 : Bacio!

http://www.vogue.it/moda/cover-fashion-stories/2017/08/31/vogue-italia-cover-settembre-2017-bacio-mert-marcus/

 

Il bacio alla francese è conosciuto. È l’apostrofo, Cirano vi dirà. Quello italiano, invece, è un sottinteso. È un bacio a mezzanotte, infido per definizione.

Furti con destrezza sono quelli dei baci. Se nel sogno si sognano i baci, non è peccato. Ed è sempre “L’ultimo bacio” nelle giornate di chi non vuole crescere mai. Il restare ragazzi, infatti, è un mercanteggiare di giustificazioni – “soltanto un bacio” – quando il bacio, da solo, è un manicomio di fuochi e promesse.

Bocca baciata non perde ventura, anzi, si rinnova nel canto: «Da mi basia mille», con Catullo.

E se nel rock la cifra tonda dei baci è quella di ventiquattromila la cara sillaba, invece – per come canta il nonno – è quella di «ba ba baciami piccina». Un balbettio squillante destinato a lei, alla nonna, che in “cuor cuor” quello che ne ricava sono baci in quantità e una domanda proprio birichina: «Tutti questi baci a chi li devo dar?».

Trova riparo nel tirabaci, il bacio. Eccolo: il ricciolo che goccia allusioni sulle gote – o perfino in fronte – e dorme come in un sonno di corallo, seta e fiori.

Accennato nel tic involontario delle labbra, il bacio resta un’omissione: l’eloquenza del come non detto e così mettere le mani avanti.

Amor ci strinse. Galeotto è il libro e chi lo scrisse, ma il romanzo di tutti i baci del mondo è italiano: un mucchio di fotogrammi tagliati via dai film – baci censurati –, recuperati e poi incollati.

 

 

Bacio Gallery

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Text in English

http://www.vogue.it/en/news/daily-news/2017/10/31/another-kiss-mika-vogue-italia-november-2017/

 

Another kiss

Spoiler

 

It starts tonight, to continue every Tuesday until November 20 (at 21.20 on Rai2) “Stasera CasaMika” – Mika’s award-winning one-man show. The Lebanese-born, naturalized-British singer-songwriter and showman, who came out in 2012, is the author of a provocative piece that will be published in the November issue of Vogue Italia (in the newsstand by November 4th).

 

Here is the preview.

 

One cover, three kisses. One straight kiss, two gay kisses. Why did Vogue Italia’s September issue cause such a sensation, ultimately being seen and shared millions of times on thousands of Instagram accounts across the world? After all, wasn’t it “just a kiss”?

The reason might seem clear: the gay kiss. But, taking a closer look, perhaps things aren’t quite as they seem. While, on the one hand, it’s astonishing that an act of love between two men (or two women) can still cause a sensation, on the other, this reaction means that the picture works. Because it touches the depths of our being. And forces us to reflect.

Are we therefore really sure that homosexuality is what makes it so provocative? Isn’t it rather the picture’s visual composition, full of subtexts, delicate nuances and references? Two men’s barely touching lips in that eternal instant which precedes or follows a kiss; this is perhaps what makes it so special. We can see millions of gay kisses, including much more explicit ones, on social network pages. But they’re fragments of stories stripped of emotion or interpretation; they’re just as cold even if we add a “warm” filter to the photo.

 

Technology has accustomed us to a continuous avalanche of images which we like and then immediately forget. This process is killing our empathy, and that’s dangerous.

On the other hand, the discipline of provocation requires artistic and intellectual grounding. Without intelligence, sensitivity and culture it becomes sensationalism, or, even worse, trash.

The “provocateur” is aware of his or her role, s/he takes on a heavy responsibility. Magazines must do the same, especially those with an authoritative, cross-sector voice, like Vogue Italia, because they feel the emotional pulse of society. Therefore, the picture they put on their cover is a visual statement, the equivalent of a written article. It forces you to take time out, the time needed to listen to a story, interpret it and examine it in-depth, which are all things we no longer do since we are caught up in the kaleidoscopic jukebox of the Web.

This is where the Vogue Italia cover’s provocation really lies. It asks us to rediscover emotions. The emotions hidden in the moment of anticipation of an imagined kiss, which is the most intense part of a real kiss. 

 

Mika,Vogue Italia, November 2017, n.807.

 

*Lebanese-born, naturalized-British singer-songwriter and showman. His popularity in the music world began with his album Life in Cartoon Motion (2007) and suffered no repercussions after he came out in 2012. Stasera Casa Mika, his award-winning one-man show, returns this month for four programs on Rai2.

 

 

 

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Gosh, I missed his articles so much! I have all of them saved, and sometimes I re-read them, relishing every word and every turn of thought. 

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