On November 14th Enrico Bossan, head of the photography department at Fabrica, will present the Fabrica experience at the sixth edition of FOTOGRAFICA, an initiative by Canon to develop and sustain the culture of image which will take place in Milan from the 14th to the 18th of November.
Live audiovisual performance by electronic musician Davide Cairo and visual artist Daniel Schwarz, both residents at Fabrica.
Dark, blurry electronic music and non-linear rhythms meld with hypnotic, abstract visuals, superimposed on a matrix of rods. Image and sound go hand in hand -each influences the other, feeds off the other- and in this fusion, play with the perception of space and reality.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Pop Corn Club
Via della Pila, 103
Porto Marghera (Venezia)
Fabrica is entering the future with an increasingly international perspective and a new managerial structure. The first steps of the strategy outlined by the new Chairman, Alessandro Benetton, include the appointment of Dan Hill, an adjunct professor at University of Technology, Sydney, who has also formerly held leadership positions at the BBC, Monocle and Arup, as Managing Director. An Advisory Board has also been established, open to eminent cultural figures from all continents and presided over by Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art in London, the oldest art school in the world.
“Fabrica intends to consolidate its role as an international cultural centre,” Alessandro Benetton confirmed, “by increasingly affirming its vocation as a leader in social communications, combining art and industry through its original and innovative perspective based on interaction, a multi-disciplinary approach and an ever closer connection with the most highly advanced academic world. As a research centre, Fabrica will now go even further, integrated in an international cultural system with a vision, programmes, structures and resources to give young creatives throughout the world the opportunity to express their talent, their spirit of initiative, their imagination and ideas for the future”.
Benetton Group’s communication research centre was founded in 1994 and is based in a complex near Treviso that was restored and designed by Tadao Ando. It offers annual scholarships to young artists and designers, providing training opportunities and giving them access to a wealth of resources and relationships to develop cultural and social communications projects under the guidance of experts in the areas of design, visual communication, music and the most advanced media within the current open culture, as well as traditional publishing.
The new Fabrica Board of Directors is composed as follows:
Alessandro Benetton, Chairman
Dan Hill, Managing Director, Fabrica
Gianluca Pastore, Worldwide Communication Director, Benetton Group
Carlo Tunioli, Senior Vice President of Communication North America
From 25 to 31 October 2012 COLORS will be in Sao Paolo to promote the new edition of the magazine in Portuguese, following an agreement with publisher Amarello who, starting with issue 84 Apocalypse: a survival guide, will distribute it in Brazil. A chance to get young Brazilians more closely involved in the reality of a magazine that has been talking about "the rest of the world", away from the limelight of media attention, for over twenty years, and to reaffirm Fabrica's long-standing interest in this South American country, as evinced by the numerous projects undertaken over the years.
Supporting the launch on 25 October, Patrick Waterhouse and Cosimo Bizzarri, respectively creative and executive directors of COLORS, will hold a workshop with Mesa&Cadeira (Table&Chair). The theme of the workshop held by the COLORS team is COLORS – A Survival Guide to Sao Paulo, the same format used for the last four issues (Transport, Shit, Happiness and the brand new Apocalypse) in which the magazine is conceived as a survival manual, offering instructions and suggestions on how to prepare for the future.
Mesa&Cadeira is an educational project founded by Barbara Soalheiro, a former artist-in-residence at Fabrica, who organises workshops where participants of all ages and backgrounds sit together around a table and work on a real project. A professional from the relevant sector guides them, helping them to solve their strategic dilemmas. Prominent personalities have taken part, leading previous editions of Mesa&Cadeira, including: Andy Cameron, interactive director of Fabrica; English artist Anthony Burrill; Alex Bec and Will Hudson, founders of It’s Nice That, and Casey Caplowe, co-founder of Good.
Bringing this intense week of meetings to a close, the official presentation of the new Portuguese edition of COLORS, to be held on 31 October at the prestigious Amarello headquarters in the centre of Sao Paolo. Opinion leaders from a range of backgrounds – art, culture, design, fashion - will attend the event.
The publisher AMARELLO also produces a quarterly contemporary culture magazine of the same name, exploring art, design, fashion, music, cinema, photography and politics. It includes contributions from artists, writers, photographers, architects, designers, musicians and poets, each giving their own personal interpretation of a common theme.
FABRICA AND BRAZIL
Fabrica has always taken a particular interest in Brazil, developing numerous initiatives: from Rocinha, daylight of a favela, a documentary by Carlos Casas on Rio de Janeiro's largest slum, which in turn inspired five short stories, written by five young authors at Fabrica, published by Mondadori (2004), to issue 68 of COLORS, dedicated entirely to the Amazon rainforest, with an introduction by Gilberto Gil (2006). The young Brazilian Fabrica film director Heloisa Sartorato is one of the directors of I am Jesus (2010), an internationally successful documentary portraying three communities, in Brazil, Siberia and Great Britain, which have grown up around three different personalities claiming to represent the Second Coming of Christ. Brazilian multimedia artist João Wilbert is the creator of Exquisite Clock (2010), a clock made up of numbers collected from everyday life: through the website www.exquisiteclock.org, users are invited to collect and upload pictures of numbers found in the broadest range of different contexts. Exquisite Clock has taken part in various international events and exhibitions. Recently, COLORS has enjoyed another prestigious collaboration, this time with young Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade. At the end of 2011, for the special COLORS project With Love, Andrade shot Cine Rincão, a documentary based on a true story, which was screened at the Venice International Film Festival 2012, as part of YouTube's YourFilmFestival.
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