Una faticosa giornata all'università ti ha stroncato. A lezioni finite, ti restano un paio di fermate di autobus e una mezz'ora di metro. Un'ottima occasione per collassare sul seggiolino con le cuffie e riposare. La metro è piena di persone interessanti, e non sempre è la mossa migliore usare WhatsApp o fare un attacco per livellare a Clash Of Clans. Per chi li cerca e per chi è pronto a riceverli, gli incontri piacevoli sono sempre in agguato.

Conversando amabilmente con Valentin Josephine, due compagni di corso Francesi, come me in Erasmus ad Istanbul, ci siamo imbattuti in Trici Venola. Il soggetto della nostra discussione era quale grado di istruzione avessimo voluto raggiungere prima di lavorare, e Trici, ascoltando, ha detto la sua, inserendosi nel discorso: -If you feel like you had enough accademic education, nobody is forcing you. Look at Steve Jobs: he didn't even go to the university, he started his computer laboratory into his garage. Now, Apple is the most valuable brand in the whole world-. Una donna sui sessanta vestita in modo elegante ed appariscente, portava un cappello russo ricoperto di pelo color magenta ed un forte rossetto sulle labbra.

Questa signora ha iniziato a raccontarci la vita professionale di Steve Jobs (con tanto di date, riferimenti alla sua vita personale e molta confidenza), usandola come esempio per motivare la sua opinione: -If you feel like you had enough accademic education, nobody is forcing you-. Impariamo così che Trici, fino a 14 anni fa lavorava come grafica digitale per la rivista ufficiale Macintosh a Los Angeles. Ci ha fatto notare come nel lontano 1985 la sua strumentazione ammontasse a un Mac 128K, pixel bianchi, pixel neri e il suo mouse. Per disegnare le cose ci voleva l'eternità.

L'effetto collaterale è che la pura manualità viene meno. Trici si rende conto di avere un grande seguito online e sulla rivista, ma di non saper più disegnare un ponte a mano libera. Senza Undo, la sua sicurezza era svanita e la sua immaginazione incatenata dai suoi limiti tecnici, nati dall'assuefazione tecnologica. Tuttavia, il Mac 128K, consciamente o inconsciamente, le ha insegnato un valore: la Pazienza.

Dalla città degli angeli trasloca ad Istanbul e, con la pratica, la sua mano, dopo anni, è di nuovo capace di rappresentare su carta tutto ciò che lei avesse voluto, come lei lo avesse voluto. Aveva di nuovo la copia cartacea nella sua mano, e la qualità della linea era incredibilmente sviluppata. Quando l'abbiamo incontrata, dopo 14 anni di disegni su Istanbul, aveva nella borsa il libro dove erano stati pubblicati tutti i suoi lavori. Ce lo mostra. Osserviamo increduli la qualità incredibile dei disegni che rappresentano la città dove viviamo da ormai 90 giorni. Le chiediamo se possiamo comprare il libro, che ci viene ceduto per la modica cifra di 35Tl (circa 13 Euro), e, completamente immersi nel flusso, le chiediamo se può disegnare per noi il momento del nostro incontro. Lei accetta, ed un mese dopo ci incontriamo per un tè a Cihangir, zona Bohemiènne ed estroversa nel centro di Istanbul. Trici mi da il disegno, io le do altre 50 Tl, lei mi paga il tè, io la ringrazio, ci salutiamo.

 

 

A really heavy university day exhausted you. When your classes are over, you are just a couple of bus stops and half an hour of metro far from your flat. It could be a great chance to rest on the seat, listening to some music. Underground is full of interesting people, and it's not always convenient to chat on WhatsApp of attacking to level up in Clash Of Clans. For those who look for them, and for those who are ready to receive them, cool meetings are always behind the corner.

I was lovely talking to my french Erasmus mates Valentin and Josephine, when we met Trici Venola. We were discussing about how long do you have to study before working and Trici gave us her opinion, self including herself in our discussion: -If you feel like you had enough accademic education, nobody is forcing you. Look at Steve Jobs: he didn't even go to the university, he started his computer laboratory into his garage. Now, Apple is the most valuable brand in the whole world-. A woman around 60 years old, well and colourfully-dressed, wearing a red russian hat, she was using a strong red lipstick.

This woman starts telling us the Steve Job's story with a lot of interesting details, utilizing his bio to justify her opinion:- If you feel like you had enough accademic education, nobody is forcing you-. So, we get to know that 14 years ago Trici was working as a digital painter for an official Macintosh periodic, in Los Angeles. She enlighted how in the far '85 her inventory was composed by a Mac 128Kwhite pixels, black pixels, her mouse. It took forever to draw. The collateral effect was that her pure hand ability was lost. Trici realized she has a great group of followers, both online and on the periodic, but she's not able anymore to hand-free draw a bridge. Without the undo tool her confidence was gone and her imagination was locked by her technical limits, provoked by the technological addiction. However, Mac 128K taught her an importan value: Patience.

From the City Of Angels she moves to Istanbul and she starts training, recovering her abilities. Her hand is able to draw whatever she wanted, however she wanted to draw it. She was grabbing a hardcopy, and the quality of her lines was incredibly high. The day we met her she was living in Istanbul since 14 years, and she was carrying the book where all of her works were published. She shows it to us. We observe the absurd quality of the drawings which are representing the city where we have been spending the last 90 days. We ask her if we can have the book and we buy it for 35 Tl (around 13 Euros), and, completely involved by the flow, we asked her if she could have drawn the moment when we met. She accepted and. one month later, we met in Cihangir to have a Tea, the most extroverted and Bohemiènne area of Istanbul. Trici gave me the drawing, I gave her 50 Tl, she pays the Tea for me, I thank her, we say goodbye.

 

 

La storia di Trici Venola,  ex disegnatrice digitale  trasferita in Turchia per rappresentare, usando semplicemente carta e matita, persone e situazioni caratteristiche di Istanbul.

 

Trici Venola's story, ex digital painter who moved to Turkey to represent Istanbul's typical people and atmospheres, simply utilizing pencil and paper.

 

 

Master Craftsman Ahmet Sezen and Sneaky Arife on a cold winter day at Sedefkar, Huseyin Ağa Medrese, Küçük Aya Sofia

 

 

Osman Abali in Papazoglu Han, near Rüstem Paşa Camii, in Spice Bazaar.

 

 

Galata Tower

 

 

Refik having a smoke on a cold winter day (Note how Apple is still influencing Trici)

 

 

Trici, me (guy who's moving hands in the typical italian style) and Valentin

 

 

Trici Venola a couple of years ago in Istanbul

quando una corsa in metro diventa il momento piu' bello della giornata: l'incontro con trici venola

 

 

/when the daily metro run turns into the best moment of the day: the meeting with trici venola

 

a couple of drawings from trici's book, named -drawing on istanbul- can be found after this article. if you want to get the original copy, directly contact trici

 

of course, we reported our personal personal drawing made by trici, representing the day we met on the metro. 

 

In the very end, you can also check how trici was using the -old school- white and black pixels to create comics, illustrations and graphics

 

 

 

 

 

Tales from the Mac Underground, Trici Venola, 1985

 

 

 The Astral Byte Comic Series ran in a 1986 precursor to the Internet, The MacUnderground. Each comic took a week to produce, including hand-customizing the type from Geneva and hand-crawling it to fit better and read funnier.

 

 

Pickup at Club Mutant ©1995 by Trici Venola. A former Catholic church become a nightclub in a world of the future, where physical deviance is acquired and celebrated, and dead celebrities have become gods. Created onscreen with several programs on a Mac.

 

 

If Only the Folks Back Home Could See Me Now ©1993 by Trici Venola

 

Sourse: www.tricivenola.com