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This song by Blur has a very peculiar and video that was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (a danish film director who along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement, which established rules for simplifying movie production.). By using night-vision cameras he captures all four members of the band asleep in their beds. This song was releasend as the third single in the 1999 album “13”.

Before the song starts we can listen to a short interview where the 4 members explain the aim of the video. They admit to feel very vulnerable and nervous about the idea of beeing filmed while asleep; because as the drummer Dave Rowntree says, this gooes “beyod the private, beyond the intimate, something you don’t even know about yourself“.

I think that the sad lyrics together with the black&white images of the four members, who are completely harmless in their sleep, is very beautiful. At the end of the clip Damon Albarn, still quite asleep says “it’s a sad song, a warning and a gentle reminder“. 

Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as i do.

This is Francesco’s room. He’s 26 and works in Busto Arsizio (Varese). His room is very brown, he loves sad colours such as grey&brown. This is why the picture is black&white. I like the pattern of the duvet and pillow. His room is quite big and has old furnitures, the ceiling is very high, which is typical of old buildings. Also the window is high and lets some light come in the morning, he’s not very fond of light anyway, he prefers the shade. The light brown carpeting gives a really old fashioned look to the room, but it also contributes to the warm atmosphere and the shaded light effect of this room.  In the photo you can see his Gibson guitar, that he sometimes plays; his Freitag bag that he takes with him wherever he goes and his secondhand leather jacket (on the left). He left the design of his room like he found it, adding just few photographs and objects he likes. He just loves the fact that the room is the place where he can do what he wants to. This is him in the morning, he has some old school tattoos on his arm, he pretends to be a sailor 🙂

This is Agnese’s room. She’s a second year psychology student at the “Università Cattolica” in Milan, she’s a very extroverted and lively person. She lives in Rho, near Milan with his parents and shares this bright room with his nerdy little brother. She is really fond of her room…she spends there a lot of time, she studies there, she keeps all of her books in an old wooden bookcase. She also has a lot of memories between these walls, since she grew up here!

3 things we like:

– The greek flag on her bed head comes from a holiday in Paros that she made right after the high school exams with her friends …she loves travelling and keeping memories of her journeys.

– The wrought iron bed it’s the first bed she has ever had and therefore it grew old with her. Thanks to the bed, the dark wooden desks, bedside table and wardrobes the room remind me of an old country house (but we’re not in the country!) or the style arte povera. This, together with the parquet flooring, contributes giving a really warm and homely atmosphere to the room.

– The stripy duvet, other stripes! It gives a touch of colour to the room which has quite serious furnitures. It expresses agnes’ lively personality.  The toy duck on her bed is eally quite old and usually sleeps in her arms.

And this is her having a country-like breakfast, it must be really cold!!

Tracey Emin is contemporary british artist, her works and her eccentric personality have been very controversial. In 1999, Emin was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and exhibited her work “My Bed ” (that you can see in the picture above) at the Tate Gallery, in London. As the title of the work suggests, this is the very bed where she slept in the days of her nervous breakdown and depression.

 The terrible state of the bed is the mirror of her troubled inner life, among other things we can recognize alcohol bottles, cigarettes, stained sheets, worn panties. By presenting her bed as art, the artist shares her most personal space; she reveals her degradation and sufference brutally. In fact this work a consderable media furore even though she dodn’t win the prize. Emin’s art takes many different forms of expression including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting.

This is Gilberto’s room. He’s 17 and studies in the “Liceo Scientifico” in Legnano and lives with his parents. He says he quite likes his room even though he doesn’t think that it’s too important to him. He sees especially the essential side of it: it’s just the place where he can sleep. When he pretends to be studying he does it there on his desk. The room is really bright and the furnitures are all of light colours. He doesn’t like the fact that his room is full of books (if it was for him there would only be big screens and computers). It’s almost completely furnished by his parents who put there also some of their stuff. From the posters he has on the wall we understand he likes cars, football and paintings made by thai elephants (the semi-abstract dotted picture). He also likes metal, he has a big metallica poster and there’s his black guitar somewhere in the room. Gilberto loves sleeping, he does it any time: almost all afternoon after school (when he doesn’t play computer games) therefore he spends a lot of time in his bedroom…he says the bed is really comfy. 🙂

And this is our metal kid having breakfast on a sunday morning (but that could also be lunch or dinner) he always takes some sweets where his computer is (not in his room unfortunately) so he doesn’t waste time. Quite lovely 🙂