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Darcy the Flying Hedgehog. Photo credit Shota Tsukamoto.

Will beauty save the hedgehogs?

You might have heard the fuss over Darcy, the hedgehog whose instagrams have flooded the internet. This post, however, is not an invite to join the craze about the new star, but rather a simple consideration: what if the life and instagrammed adventures of Darcy contributed to saving this endangered species from extinction..?

Think: in the past, it already happened once – thanks to Walt Disney most of us have successfully developed the so-called Bambi syndrome which, as Yuriko Saito put it, is “our tender emotion stirred by the sentimental image of all deer as Bambi” (Y. Saito, Everyday Aesthetics, 2007).

Imagine: in the future, we might well develop a new kind of sensibility – the Darcy syndrome… If that can save the hedgehogs then I say: hello and welcome!

"Intervallo: Duomo di Milano." Photo credit Umani a Milano

Bastart incontra Umani a Milano

In principio era Humans of New York, poi vennero gli altri: Humans of Paris, Rome, London, Helsinki, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Karachi, Khartoum, Mosca, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Fiji Islands… In poco più di 2 anni, la mappa mondiale degli Humans era compiuta. L’unica che ne restava fuori – intatta ed immune al nuovo fenomeno social – era Milano, con un immaginario “WTF” al posto della bandierina Humans of Milan. Come se i suoi umani non avessero né facce né storie da raccontare. Noi sappiamo, però, che non era vero: ce n’erano tante e bellissime, mancava solo qualcuno che le sapesse ascoltare e raccogliere. E voilà, Bastart riapre la saga degli Humans con un nuovo incontro: Stefano D’Andrea, l’autore del progetto Umani a Milano.

Credits Mariam Iqbal - Humans of Karachi

Ode to the Humans

Remember a butterfly that flapped a wing causing a tsunami? That’s a similar story, though rather than a flap it was a click-clack of a photo-camera. In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York (HONY), a project aiming to construct a photographic census of the city. In less than two years, the online world has burst into hundreds of HO initiatives ranging all over the globe. Now virtually every big city (or a small country) has one. Bastart took a closer look at this new and amazing socio-artistic phenomenon.