The Live Windows network will show on Oct 1 and 2 some contributions about the International Day of Non Violence produced by Fabrica and Mediadesign Hochschule Munich.
These videos are all endorsed by UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre); they will be broadcast on the Live Windows in Milan, Barcelona and Munich as well as shown online in www.livewindow.it and www.unric.org.
Benetton Live Windows is an initiative by Fabrica, conceived to create a new language between people and retail space. Thanks to a co-operative network among major educational and cultural institutions, it promotes young talented designers and publishes their works on the mediawalls of selected Benetton flagship stores all over the world.
To see the videos visit www.livewindow.it (from Monday Oct 1)
Directed by Daniel Ferreira, Doping Thrower – The Film follows all the stages for the production of Doping Thrower, an art installation devised and executed by Erik Ravelo. The sculpture was inspired by the Discobolus (the discus thrower), the famous statue by Myron, from around 445 B.C., which is a symbol of the passion for the Olympic Games and of the cult of human physical perfection. The Doping Thrower is completely smothered in hundreds of multicolour capsules, phials and tablets and even a drip feed. It invites us to reflect on the habit of using and abusing drug-based substances and treatments to improve an athlete’s performance by artificial means. It should also be seen as a criticism of the anti-doping system which often, in the name of economic power, does fully not safeguard the health of athletes. This deviation from the concept of fair play is unsportsmanlike and dangerously widespread amongst young amateur or occasional athletes who take seriously health-threatening drugs despite having a perfectly healthy body.
Doping Thrower was exhibited at the Dray Walk Gallery in London from July 27th to August 6th 2012.
Carla Diana, a well known Interaction Designer based in the US, held a lecture titled "Bringing objects to life through code, form and electronics". The lecture took place at Fabrica on 24 September 2012.
From the 28th of September to the 6th of October 2012 Fabrica will be part of the 2012 Beijing Design Week with the projects MOBILE MUSEUM and COLORS Notebook, which will be staged at the 01100001 Art Gallery in CaoChangdi Village, an area of Beijing where a group of self-motivated, established contemporary galleries, artists’ studios, and independent creative and educational ventures in the arts are based.
The MOBILE MUSEUM, by Fabrica designers Dean Brown and Philip Bone, is a travelling museum, with contents contributed by people from all over the world and from different backgrounds. Unlike a conventional museum, the collection is always changing and evolving depending on its location, with the location itself dictating the theme. In 2011 and 2012 the MOBILE MUSEUM has been presented at the Milan Furniture Fair, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the “Friday Late Summer Camp program”, at the Architecture Museum in Brussels as part of “Design September”, at the MUDAM in Luxembourg and at the Design Museum in Helsinki as part of “Designworld”. The curatorial theme of the Beijing’s stage is "Today". www.themobilemuseum.net
COLORS Notebook is a special edition of COLORS, an international monographic magazine founded in 1991 by photographer Oliviero Toscani and art director Tibor Kalman which today is published in six bilingual editions (among them Chinese). Started in 2006 in collaboration with Reporters sans Frontières, an association that fights to protect freedom of speech for all and defends journalists all over the world, COLORS Notebook is the first COLORS issue without filters or an editorial department. Its pages are blank because anyone is free to write, illustrate and design it, telling stories that nobody ever wanted to listen to and put his/her own message out to the world. The COLORS Notebook project has been exhibited at the Pompidou Center in Paris in October 2006, as part of the itinerant exhibition “Fabrica: Les Yeux Ouverts” which has then travelled to the Triennale di Milano (2007), the Shanghai Art Museum (2007) and the ShiodomeItalia Creative Center in Tokyo (2008). Furthermore, a selection of the most interesting Notebooks have been published in the books “Faces” and “Violence” edited by Birkhäuser in 2008.
From January 2012 to today, NONG ART SPACE, a hub for art and design based in Shanghai, collected on behalf of COLORS magazine several contributions from the Chinese community about their thoughts and feelings of living in a fast and growing country like China, witnessing tremendous changes every day. The result is a series of unpublished Notebooks illustrating an amazing portrait of contemporary China and insights to everyday life, accompanied by emotions, ideas and values. NONG ART SPACE provides the latest art information, books and magazines from China and all over the world. It also provides space for smart people with smart ideas to create and express themselves.
This year, Beijing Design Week will focus on more comprehensive and interactive content. Apart from exhibitions from internationally-celebrated designers, an array of talks, forums, and open studio projects will join brand promotion events to share the wisdom of design with manufacturers, suppliers, brands, designers and the public. During the week, celebrated designers from home and abroad,
along with international design brands, manufacturers, students and professors from design institutes, and representatives from embassies and industry associations, will gather at the festival.
Fabrica at Beijing Design Week 2012
28 September - 6 October
01100001 Art gallery
Located in Red No.1, Caochangdi art village