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Voices of New York amplifies the city’s ethnic and community press by curating and sharing its work and (where necessary) translating that work into English. Launched shortly after 9/11, it aims to break down the barriers of language and geography that separate New York’s communities, celebrate quality journalism in every neighborhood, and harness the combined power of grassroots journalists across the city. Voices of New York is published by the nonprofit news site City Limits, which took over the service in 2019 from the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Sign up for the free Voices of New York newsletter here: https://citylimits.org/series/voices

"My priority is not to win. My priority is to bring those kids together." Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally f...
02/14/2020
Africans in the Bronx Find Family on the Soccer Field

"My priority is not to win. My priority is to bring those kids together."

Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally from Togo, started The United Africa Football Club -- a multilingual soccer team for African immigrants kids in the Bronx, who bond on the field.

Read about it here, with photos by Trevon Blondet of the Bronx Documentary Center:

Originally dubbed the African Diaspora Youth Sports Club, that team is now called the United Africa Football Club—a multilingual group that has won seven annual soccer tournaments.

Puerto Ricans in NYC joined protestors on the island in denouncing the government's handling of relief aid. "My family a...
02/04/2020
NY Puerto Ricans Join Anti-Gov't Protests, Amid Call for New Office to Aid Diaspora

Puerto Ricans in NYC joined protestors on the island in denouncing the government's handling of relief aid.

"My family and my culture are there," one participant told El Diario Nueva York. "The suffering of my people who are in the streets keeps me up at night."

Meanwhile, one local lawmaker is calling for the creation of a city office to provide guidance to New York's Boricua population. Read the story, translated from Spanish, here:

The protestors called out government mismanagement of Hurricane relief aid. Meanwhile, a local councilman wants to create a city office to aid Puerto Ricans seeking refuge in New York.

A fire on Mulberry St. last week damaged the offices of several Chinatown community organizations, Sing Tao Daily 美西版 re...
01/30/2020
Chinese Language School, Senior Center and Museum Archive Recovering After Mulberry St. Fire

A fire on Mulberry St. last week damaged the offices of several Chinatown community organizations, Sing Tao Daily 美西版 reports.

“We prayed at the site for the fire to not spread to the second floor...We can only hope for the best.”

Read the English translation here: https://bit.ly/2S20NBJ

The fire that took place at 70 Mulberry St. on the night of Jan. 23 brought severe damages to the community organizations in the building, including a Chinese language school, a dance company, a senior center and a museum archive.

Japanese newspaper Shukan NY Seikatsu (週刊NY生活 デジタル版) dug through news archives at the New York Public Library to recount...
01/28/2020
Samurais on Broadway: Recounting the First Japanese Mission to the U.S., 160 Years Later

Japanese newspaper Shukan NY Seikatsu (週刊NY生活 デジタル版) dug through news archives at the New York Public Library to recount Japan's first embassy trip to NYC, 160 years ago. The visit included a samurai parade up Broadway, featuring a young samurai heartthrob named "Tommy." Read more about it here, translated into English:

In New York, the visiting samurais were so popular that there were theater performances and songs about them, samurai-inspired merchandise was being sold, and a cocktail named "Japanese" was born. Renowned American poet Walt Whitman even wrote a poem about the visit.

TVP Polonia, a television channel made for and about the Polish diaspora, went dark for New Yorkers last month -- the re...
01/16/2020
Popular Polish TV Channel Disappears from Cable in the U.S.

TVP Polonia, a television channel made for and about the Polish diaspora, went dark for New Yorkers last month -- the result of a dispute between its producer and American distributor, Nowy Dziennik Polish Weekly News reports.

"Everybody knew about the contract expiring. If anyone cared about promoting Polish culture, the language and knowledge about Poland, a new contract, worse or better would have been signed on time," one viewer complained.

Read the story, translated form Polish here:

New York viewers of TVP Polonia can no longer access the station as a result of a legal dispute between its producer and its American distributor, Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik reports.

"He was a jolly kid. Vibrant is the right word." Queens' Nepalese community mourns Shree Panthi, who was struck and kill...
01/15/2020
Nepalese Community Mourns 'Vibrant' 10-year-old Boy Killed by City Garbage Truck In Queens

"He was a jolly kid. Vibrant is the right word."

Queens' Nepalese community mourns Shree Panthi, who was struck and killed by a sanitation truck last week

A memorial service was held Saturday for Srijal Panthi, who was killed by a Department of Sanitation truck in Queens last week in an event that shook the local Nepalese community, of which the victim was a member. His death has spurred calls from street safety advocates for tougher penalties against...

The holiday season offers respite for the city's livery car drivers, who report an uptick in business across the struggl...
01/09/2020
Holiday Season Offers Respite for City's Embattled Livery Car Drivers

The holiday season offers respite for the city's livery car drivers, who report an uptick in business across the struggling industry during those months, according to this El Diario Nueva York story, translated into English here:

Like the taxi industry, it's been a tough few years for livery car drivers, who've faced increased competition from the emergence of car-hailing apps. But the holiday months help make up for some of that loss, those in the business say.

Gift shops in Chinatown say they saw less business in 2019. Wellington Chen, director of Chinatown Partnership, which ru...
01/06/2020
Chinatown Gift Shops Report Declining Business in 2019

Gift shops in Chinatown say they saw less business in 2019. Wellington Chen, director of Chinatown Partnership, which runs the local Business Improvement District, said he can tell there are fewer tourists coming to Chinatown even by the amount of garbage the BID’s janitors collect on the street.

Read the piece, translated into English from World Journal 世界日報: https://bit.ly/37JNdsX

Community leaders say the trade war and fewer tourists made it a tough year for Chinatown's gift shops.

Flushing's Double Star Trading, a dollar store that had been in business for more than 20 years, shut its doors last mon...
12/17/2019
Flushing's Chinese-Run Dollar Stores Struggling Amid Rising Rents and U.S.-China Trade War

Flushing's Double Star Trading, a dollar store that had been in business for more than 20 years, shut its doors last month for good. It's one of several Chinese-run discount shops -- once ubiquitous in the neighborhood -- struggling due to high rents, new chain stores on the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, World Journal 世界日報 reports.

Once ubiquitous in the immigrant neighborhood, Flushing's Chinese-run discount shops are now struggling thanks to the competition from newly-arrived chain stores, a scorching trade war, rising rents and demographic changes in the area, World Journal reports.

The city’s food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid to visit pantries in person. "They believe t...
12/10/2019
City's Food Banks Offering Home Delivery in Response to Immigration Fears

The city’s food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid to visit pantries in person.

"They believe that ICE could be around the corner, and many families have told us that they cannot afford to put themselves at risk standing in line," one source told El Diario.

The city's food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid of visiting their locations in person. "They believe that ICE could be around the corner, and many families have told us that they cannot afford to put themselves at risk standing in line," one source told El Diario.

A recent report on the health of the Chinese-American community in NYC says many are less healthy than they believe, Sin...
11/26/2019
Chinese New Yorkers Overestimate Their Own Health Status, New Report Finds

A recent report on the health of the Chinese-American community in NYC says many are less healthy than they believe, Sing Tao Daily News reports. The survey found that while 80 percent of respondents believed they were physically healthy and had a healthy lifestyle, 70 percent had been diagnosed with a health problem.

Dr. Henry Chen, president of SOMOS, said the health status of Chinese New Yorkers is frequently misperceived, neglected and oversimplified. He said Asian-Americans are often believed to be "model minorities," but most are average New Yorkers who face challenges when it comes to their health, Sing Ta...

Fewer immigrants are coming to NY from Mexico, & many think it's high cost of living -- not the immigration crackdown --...
11/25/2019
Fewer Mexican Immigrants Coming to New York, Studies Say

Fewer immigrants are coming to NY from Mexico, & many think it's high cost of living -- not the immigration crackdown -- that's driving the change, according to this El Diario Nueva York story.

"I do not think people are leaving because of the raids. That is not new. The problem is that it is impossible to have a dollar left at the end of the month.”

A number of recent studies stating that Mexican migration to the U.S. is showing clear signs of deceleration, a trend that's being detected in immigrant-rich New York neighborhoods like Sunset Park, El Diario reports.

As of Nov. 11, Polish citizens no longer need a visa to visit the U.S. -- a move cheered by Polish-American NYers, who s...
11/22/2019
Polish-Americans Cheer Poland's Entry Into Visa Waiver Program

As of Nov. 11, Polish citizens no longer need a visa to visit the U.S. -- a move cheered by Polish-American NYers, who said the requirement made family visits more difficult, Nowy Dziennik Polish Weekly News reports.

"There are important family events like weddings, christenings, first communion and more, where whole families need to be together. So many times relatives have not been able to join us because they didn’t get a visa."

After many years of concerted efforts, including letters to members of congress, bilateral talks and rallies, Poland has joined the Visa Waiver Program, meaning Polish citizens are not required to obtain a visa before traveling to the United States.

Dia duit! At @GIHNYU, you can take Gaelic language classes & take part in other Irish-focused events. Learn more about t...
11/13/2019
Video: Keeping the Irish Language Alive ... in Manhattan

Dia duit! At @GIHNYU, you can take Gaelic language classes & take part in other Irish-focused events. Learn more about this unique institution in this video story:

In New York's Greenwich Village, there is a home for Irish culture and the Irish language.

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11/12/2019
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El Diario La Prensa interviewed voters at the polls last week who said they wish more information had been made availabl...
11/12/2019
'What Are Those Questions?' Hispanic Voters Say They Lacked Information at the Polls

El Diario La Prensa interviewed voters at the polls last week who said they wish more information had been made available about options on the ballot, including a series of questions regarding amendments to the City Charter. "I said yes to some and no to others as I tried to understand," one voter said.

'I was clear that I would be voting for the Public Advocate and the Queens District Attorney, but I did not know that there would be all these strange questions and other things about the courts, so what I did was choose all the Democrats I saw who were women,' one voter told El Diario.

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CUNY students are helping as part of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico volunteer program, El Diario La Prensa reports...
05/31/2019
– CUNY Students to Help Puerto Rico Rebuilding Efforts

CUNY students are helping as part of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico volunteer program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

CUNY students were part of volunteer groups helping after Hurricane María struck. (Photo courtesy of CUNY, via El Diario)

Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn will provide reading matter about Poland’s culture and history, reports Nowy Dzi...
05/31/2019
– Polish Themes in Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn

Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn will provide reading matter about Poland’s culture and history, reports Nowy Dziennik.

A Little Free Libraries case being painted for the Polish-Slavic Federal Credit Union (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Chinese Americans rarely explore their genealogy, but interest is growing, and there are expected to be more attendees a...
05/31/2019
– Chinese Americans Study Their Roots

Chinese Americans rarely explore their genealogy, but interest is growing, and there are expected to be more attendees at the June 8 and 9 meeting of the Chinese American Genealogy Conference in New York.

Amy Chin didn’t encounter many fellow Asians when she began attending genealogy workshops in 2007. When she started looking into her family’s history, there were no roadmaps to help her navigate the intricacies of uncovering her family’s route from China to America.

A free program by the organization Arts Connection gives young immigrants the tools to express their identity through th...
05/30/2019
– Arts Program Helps Immigrant Youth Express Themselves

A free program by the organization Arts Connection gives young immigrants the tools to express their identity through the arts, El Diario La Prensa reports.

“I’m really shy and I have a hard time communicating with words, but with this program I have learned to show how I feel,” said Laurentino Pérez as he showed one of his paintings. It shows a person surrounded by the colors of the LGBT flag.

More than a dozen Sikhs granted a religious accommodation are headed for bootcamp as part of a “new wave” of Indian Amer...
05/30/2019
– Young Sikhs Head for Military Training

More than a dozen Sikhs granted a religious accommodation are headed for bootcamp as part of a “new wave” of Indian Americans and others joining the military, writes News India Times.

Manav Singh Sodhi, 17, of Long Island, is headed to bootcamp where he will be able to keep his turban and his beard thanks to the efforts of the first Sikh American in a generation to be granted the religious accommodation.

A half-day conference on the 2020 Census, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the Center...
05/30/2019
– Making New York Count: A 2020 Census Conference

A half-day conference on the 2020 Census, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, was held Wednesday at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Julie Menin, New York’s director of the Census, addressing the May 29 conference “2020 Census: Making New York Count” at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (Photo by Jehangir Khattak for Voices of NY)

At the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration held by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, DA Eric Gonzal...
05/29/2019
– Brooklyn DA Celebrates Asian Community

At the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration held by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, DA Eric Gonzalez emphasized the community’s growing political clout in the borough, reports Kings County Politics.

Brooklyn Law School Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. (Photo from the Brooklyn DA’s Office via Kings County Politics)

The Loisaida Festival on Sunday drew crowds, including some who were waiting to learn about and obtain a new community c...
05/29/2019
– Boricua Pride, and a New Currency, at Loisaida Fest

The Loisaida Festival on Sunday drew crowds, including some who were waiting to learn about and obtain a new community currency, the Puerto Rican peso, part of a project called Valor y Cambio.

Originally offered on the island in February as an experiment in jumpstarting a conversation about value and the knowledge and resources of island residents, Valor y Cambio (Value and Change), as the currency project is known, was invited to bring its message to the Loisaida Festival this year. The....

An appeals court ruled that excluding farmworkers from state law giving employees the right to organize is unconstitutio...
05/28/2019
– State Court: Farmworkers Have Right to Unionize

An appeals court ruled that excluding farmworkers from state law giving employees the right to organize is unconstitutional, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

A state appeals court has ruled that farmworkers have the right to organize and collectively bargain, reports RiverheadLOCAL’s Denise Civiletti.

The LGBTQ in 2021 coalition aims to more than replace the five outgoing LGBT members of the New York City Council, Gotha...
05/28/2019
– ‘LGBTQ in 2021’ Initiative Launches

The LGBTQ in 2021 coalition aims to more than replace the five outgoing LGBT members of the New York City Council, Gotham Gazette reports.

In the 2021 municipal elections in New York City, 35 of the total 51 seats on the New York City Council will be open because term limits will prevent the incumbents from running for re-election. On May 23, a coalition of LGBTQ rights advocates, joined by some current and former council members, anno...

05/28/2019

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on May 22 mandating that more than 50% of spending by all city agenci...
05/26/2019
– ‘At Least’ Half of City Ad $ to Go to Community and Ethnic Media

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on May 22 mandating that more than 50% of spending by all city agencies on advertising go toward print and digital publication in the community and ethnic media.

Mayor Bill de Blasio holding aloft the executive order he signed on May 22 mandating that at least 50 percent of ad spending by all NYC agencies be allocated to community and ethnic media. To his immediate right is Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, and to her right is Lisette Camilo...

A bodega owner in Queens discusses in a BRIC TV video whether he can make it by selling “everything but beer.”
05/26/2019
– A Halal Bodega

A bodega owner in Queens discusses in a BRIC TV video whether he can make it by selling “everything but beer.”

Shukri Mubaraz, who follows halal practices, stocks his Queens bodega iKraveit Foods with just about everything “but beer,” as he confirms to Brian Vines of BRIC TV. He talks about finding a happy medium between belief and business and how today, unlike in the past, he can still “make it” wi...

Bronx-raised former candidate for public advocate Juan Carlos Polanco, a prominent Hispanic voice of Republicans in New ...
05/25/2019
– Juan Carlos Polanco, the Hispanic Voice of New York Republicans

Bronx-raised former candidate for public advocate Juan Carlos Polanco, a prominent Hispanic voice of Republicans in New York, urged Latinos to ‘valorize’ their vote in this interview with Impacto Latino.

Political analyst Dr. Juan Carlos Polanco has established himself as a respected Hispanic voice, often offering the Republican Party perspective on political TV shows, but always with self-criticism and honoring his roots.

Syndee Winters, who plays Nala in “The Lion King,” speaks to World Journal about her Chinese heritage and the grandfathe...
05/25/2019
– A Broadway Star Seeks Her Chinese Roots

Syndee Winters, who plays Nala in “The Lion King,” speaks to World Journal about her Chinese heritage and the grandfather who immigrated to Jamaica before coming to the U.S.

Many people know the name of Syndee Winters from “The Lion King,” which after debuting in 1997 has become the third longest-running Broadway musical. The authentic African landscape and music in the show has impressed audiences over the years and helped it win six Tony Awards. Winters, who playe...

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MASSIMO PARACCHINI EXPOSES IN NEW YORK AT THE SAPHIRA & VENTURA GALLERY MASSIMO PARACCHINI will be present in New York for the exhibition entitled " New York. Art & Freedom” from 27th September to 15th October 2018 with the video exhibition of some of his abstract and informal works at the Saphira & Ventura Gallery, 4 W 43rd St Suite 416, between the Fifth and the Sixth Avenue, in the beating heart of New York. Within the framework of the great events hosted in New York in fall, Italia Arte, Museo MIIT and Galleria Folco organized the exhibition entitled "New York. Art & Freedom” which will be held from 27th September to 15th October 2018 with vernissage at 18.30. The Saphira & Ventura Gallery is one of the historical galleries of New York, located between the Fifth and the Sixth avenue, has been active active for many years and has important connections and offices located between Singapore, Sao Paulo and Paris. The event is organized in the context of a series of international exchanges between the MIIT Museum and other international cultural and artistic institutions and within the first European Year of Cultural Heritage to which the MIIT Museum adheres with its 2018 exhibitions. The exhibition will present a selection of authors from all over the world and chosen by curators, gallery owners, critics, art historians and journalists of the Scientific Committee of the MIIT Museum in Turin. WITH FREE COLLABORATION AND PATRONAGE OF: Cultural Association Galleria Folco - Museo MIIT - Turin - Museum of Memory - Lipari - Museum Ugo Guidi - Forte dei Marmi - Friends of the Museum Ugo Guidi - Forte dei Marmi - Art Gallery of Beltrani Palace - Trani - Zhou Brothers Art Center Foundation - Chicago - ICAS - New York - 33Contemporary Gallery - Chicago - AmArt Gallery - Brussels - MACA Museum – Acres MEDIA PARTNERS: Italia Arte - Traspi.Net - News in a Click - Aspim Europa TECHNICAL PARTNERS: Reale Mutua - LT Consul MASSIMO PARACCHINI’S WORKS IN VIDEO EXHIBITION 1) Title: Vortex in Kromoexpansion on Alchemical Orange in Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling Mixed media on canvas with folds applied on board Size: diameter 85 x 1 cm Year 2018 2) Title: Full Alchemic White in the Raised, Hyperelliptical and Hyperdimensional Movements of the Universe : Re-Genesis Mixed media on canvas with folds applied on board Size: 70 x 100 x 1 cm Year 2018 3)Title: Kromoexplosion in Kromotrance on Alchemical Orange in Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling Mixed media with folds applied on canvas Size: 80 x 80 x 2 cm Year 2018 4) Title: Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling on Kromoexplosion in Kromotrance on Alchemical Red embossed in a straight line Mixed media on canvas with folds applied on canvas Size: 80 x 80 x 2 cm Year 2018 5)Title: Spinning Vortex in Kromoexplosion on Alchemical Yellow in Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling Mixed media on canvas with folds applied on canvas Size: 80 x 80 x 2 cm Year 2018 Commentary: Deflagrations in alchemical Kromoexplosion that arise from the deep abysses of the artist-creator’s soul and mind in Kromotrance and that spread everywhere with infinite chromatic energy, overwhelming every known form, disrupting and dematerializing it in order to project it again towards another primordial Kaos in the fluent, vibrant, overdimensional dawn of artistic re-Genesis. Vortex in Kromoexplosion, pure cosmic energy from which everything originated through a twisting motion that comes from dynamic twists taking its origins from a central point, when from the Kaos of Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling will rise to a new and abstract shape, curved in an ever evolving movement. In hyperelliptic geometry and cosmic dimension there is a continuous overdimensional interaction with the inner world of the artist. If on one hand the form opens to infinity like a spiral that from its center expands in the universe, on the other hand it immediately closes up and goes backback to its origin, in a continuum that sometimes can generate meandering which cross the whole work making it particularly vibrant in its curvilinear movement. We need to become visionaries to the ultimate power in order to reinvent the world with the colors of freedom, poetry and love. The artist will have to become a visionary to transcend the Euclidean Arcadian world, its nature and its history, in order to tend towards the outer limits of reality and catch a glimpse of something which goes beyond it thanks to his almost magical touch; he will be led to a transcendental consciousness by an alchemical Free Sprinkling which will allow him to transmute every simple image into a metaphysical and cosmic vision. As a new Orpheus the artist descends into the underworld of his inner soul to seize the pure essence of everything, trying to defy the hourglass of time and history and he often returns defeated, clutching in his hands only a few straws of gold that he manages to make eternal. I see colors in Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling on every image pulsating with life. I cross the world to capture all the images, the colors, the vibrations of the soul and turn them into living poetry. Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling is the pure expression of the natural and primordial instinct of the artist who can transform every image, every sensation, every emotion into pure artistic vision. Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling is the most magical and free color sprinkling on the represented image that comes out of everyday life and ordinary reality to become an absolute vision because it is skilfully dematerialized and transfigured by the artist. In the magical Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling everything is poetry, freedom and beauty. Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling is the true revolution, a pure expression of the natural instinct of the soul and of the body, mind and heart. Through Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling I have transformed every too precise form of reality into an artistic vision. So I found again that magical and primordial chromatic harmony that disrupt every reasoning and every human evaluation! The Alchemical Free Sprinkling will eventually become Overflowing and Sparkling because through it the artist must transmute every simple image into a pure cosmic vision and must open a door to transcendental knowledge; just like hermetic alchemy - which was intended to transform base metals in gold, a symbol of light and absolute perfection - he will overcome the last boundaries of reality, by projecting every image into a cosmological perspective where the energy of heaven enters forcefully into the quiet life of daily existence and by subverting every order and rule. Through his Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling and his continuous alchemical research the artist can reach a condition of kromohypnosis, that is the experience of a Kromotrance in which there will be the loss of sensory orientation in the Arcadian - Euclidean world in order to enter another transcendental vision, in which he will reach a condition of Kronohypnosis, that is of suspension or loss of the sense of time, which will become infinite, eternal and will bring him into a conceptual, totally abstract, interior and subjective dimension. In every work of art, the artist will have to seize the dynamic vibrations of the fluctuating Universe in a continuous Alchemic Krometamorphosis; going beyond the classical laws of the three-dimensional space deriving from the Arcadian – Euclidean tradition, he will reach a completely new dimension, a-temporal, infinite, eternal and cosmic in which matter is going to trans-atomize into a pure, fluttering current of color energy as it was at the beginning of the primordial Chaos when everything came into being from an a-dimensional wave of vibrating, running energy. As everything took its origins from an a-dimensional wave of vibrating and flowing energy that got atomized through the work of conscience, in the same way the contrary is possible: everything can go back to the original a-dimensional wave through a gradual process of de- materialization and trans-atomization thanks to the technique of “Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling” in order to reach eventually the Primordial Chaos. The “Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling” technique lets the colors flow as the wind, as a river in flood that overwhelms and sweeps everything away; it destructures every form belonging to a mythical world which is dying out together with its Arcadian – Euclidean reality, a reality which was formerly conceived as an idea of order and which later went through a process of Alchemic – Krometamorphic “crushing”, coming eventually to pure Chaos: a cosmic, extraordinary Chaos with no bounds, intersected by the hyper-elliptic and hyper-dimensional movements of the Universe and of a mind that dissolves all its thoughts into the krometamorphic “magma” of the soul. A true work of art can never be made subservient neither to a mythical reality nor to representational art. On the contrary, it will have to be a pure eidetic vision representing a world which is both inward and cosmic, a world to be transfigured into a hyper-dimensional geometry through an alchemic and dynamic Krometamorphosis coming eventually to primordial trans-atomization thanks to that free and magic sprinkling of color I named “Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling”, the true horizon from which everything takes its origins. Through a long search path starting from the primordial colored form the artist reaches chromatic “trans-atomization” or atom dematerialization. Evolution leads to an actual alchemic and dynamic “krometamorphosis” which dematerializes the picture through the technique of “Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling”, a magic and masterly sprinkling that sets the colors free from the mythical and well defined pictorial forms of an Arcadian- Euclidean world, a world to be transfigured into a new, contemporary vision of the artist thanks to a process of cosmic and mental dynamism. Let each color freely dance on the white canvas, transmute every image belonging to a mythic Arcadian-Euclidean world, now outdated, in pure contemporary vision crossed by the hyper-elliptical and hyperdimensional geometry of the Universe, by means of a progressive transcendental Kromotrance which suddenly projects every artist into a totally ecstatic dimension thanks to the free and magical komomoalchemic sprinkling that transforms and transfigures everything and which can also achieve, through a spontaneous and decisive Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling, the final stage of the absolute transatomization of any object represented , thus allowing us to grasp the truest and most profound essence of everything. From the hyper-elliptical, curvilinear and hyperdimensional movements of the trans-geometry of deep Universes, the new dynamic, abstract, cosmic, eternal form will be generated in a new and pure eidetic and transcendental vision. Everything can start from a dimensionless wave of luminous energy, flowing and vibrating with endless possibilities; then conscience will make it collapse with observation , transforming it into corpuscular atoms and phenomena, realizing only one of the many possibilities, just like the phenomenon of the Big bang that realized one of the infinite possibilities and possible logics; in the same way the artist realizes only one of the many possible visions. Colours in Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling stream on the white canvas, free and overwhelming in the swirling hyperelliptic and hyperdimensional curves of the Universe and of the Soul, leading the artist - through a constant alchemic search - to Transcendental Kromotrance, that is to say a new global and ecstatic vision of the Cosmos which can suddenly open us new horizons and make us overstep every possible limit and cross over the infinite. To paint like a savage, a primitive, with no rules and no time, just following pure instinct; to apply trans - geometry and overturning the cosmic coordinates of the mythical Arcadian-Euclidean world in order to transfigure it completely thanks to transcendental Kromotrance which can change every image into a pure immediate vision, every sound into music and every word in eternal poetry through that magic and free aspersion of colour called Free Sprinkling Overflowing e Sparkling, which transforms everything and trans - atomizes everything, thus allowing us to seize the true and deepest essence of the whole Universe. Every image, every shape must be transformed by the artist in perfect, timeless vision through an alchemic process of dynamic krometamorphosis and it can be trans - atomized through that skillful and magic aspersion of colour called Free Sprinkling Overflowing and Sparkling. At the same time, every image and every shape can also be projected onto the hyperelliptical and hyperdimensional shapes of the Universe and it can be transfigured by the unrestrained impulse of the Soul which is alive and throbbing with strong feelings and infinite emotions in a space and in a time which are universal and can be reached only through a progressive Transcendental Kromotrance. From "Transcendental Eidetics of Art" by Massimo Paracchini