The first time I heard of Immanuel Casto I thought he was an asshole. Then I listened to Escort 25 and I had my first doubts, until I completely changed my mind and realised that all that talk about sex was not an end in itself but a splendid decadent insight into our civilisation. For example, the refrain “Tutto ora, tutto vero, tutto dentro, tutto intero” is not something that I can dance to lightly, not even as a joke, without feeling the humiliation, the self-deception and at least sensing the desperation that all those involved in this game of prostitution live, pretending to be happy and not giving a damn about others as well as paying taxes, of course. Like characters from Fellini’s Dolce Vita taken to the extreme consequences of their brutalisation. There is a lot of distance between the gift of joy and a glow of pleasure, and in Escort 25 we feel it all.
September 2018 has been unbearably muggy. On one of these afternoons I attended a meeting in Feltrinelli with Immanuel Casto, who was presenting his anthology album The Age of Consent. The title does not refer to politics, as I thought, but to the 14 years that correspond to the age of sexual consent in Italy (and also to the years of Immanuel Casto’s own career).
Among other things, the artist struck me when he explained the difference between ‘weakness’ and ‘vulnerability’. The latter consists in showing others one’s inner structure, by choice or necessity; whereas weakness consists in not having a structure. Those who flaunt strength, avoiding showing vulnerability, often do so in order to conceal their profound weakness or lack of inner structure.
Almost a quotation from Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, Here: ‘It is a superpower to be vulnerable’.« Uomini e profeti Watson »