A FUNNY EXPERIENCE: PUPILS BECOME ARTISTS WORKIN’ ON “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBITION

Guest writer: Marco Rossi

Pupils as artists – and art critics – for a day. It happened at “Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition which is goin’ on (until January 15, 2013) at the beautiful Aldobrandesca Fortress in Piancastagnaio ( Tuscany, Siena ). The third class students of Primary School “Mazzi”, guided by teachers Maria Rita and Maria Elena, participated in a creative experience investigating and exploring Roberto Alborghetti artworks displayed in seven rooms at the medieval castle. The same happened to more than a thousand students who have already visited the exhibition showing forty works (canvases, lithographs, collages and silk scarves) about “the decomposition of publicity posters” and “urban signs”. Armed with scratchpad, pencils and crayons, the students have first met Roberto Alborghetti for an introductory meeting and then they entered between the exhibition halls, accompanied by the author of “lacer / actions”, so they are called the works on display. Roberto Alborghetti  artistic language – all his realistic images are taken from torn and decomposed advertising posters we may see along the city streets – struck and fascinated students, who worked on colors and shapes.  

 

Each student has reinterpreted an image (see photo-gallery) writing personal emotions and impressions. The result was an extraordinary document how eyes and mind have perceived and seen every single images. It was also possible to compile a ranking about the images that most impressed the kids imagination. At the top there is the lithograph introduced by an haiku: “Dark night / Snowflakes and Frost / before the  New Day.” The pupils were very impressed by the contrast of the colors and the “red light blade” which seems – according to the impressions – “an eye of a dragon.” Another wrote: “I like it, but it scares me.” And again: “It’s a very beautiful picture! It recalls me the first time I was born …” Compelling and funny comments coming from spontaneous hearts.

5.000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY VISITED ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI EXHIBITION AT THE TUSCANY CASTLE. AND THE SHOW GOES ON…

By Marco Rossi

Over 5.000 people have already visited “Colors of An Apocalypse”, the Roberto Alborghetti exhibition hosted in the ancient and picturesque Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) on Mount Amiata, in Tuscany (PiancastagnaioSiena, Italy). Also in consideration of the growing interest and attention and the huge media coverage, the show has been exceptionally extended until January 15, 2013.

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What someone has already called the “Italian artistic event” of the latter part of the year, it was developed with the web support (Roberto Alborghetti blog passed 70.000 visitors; his YouTube channel counted over 13,000 downloads) and the young people involvement. Over one thousand students have taken turns in the rooms of the charming manor, discovering the provocative artistic language of Roberto Alborghetti, professional journalist and writer, who for years has been collecting realistic images about the “decomposition of publicity posters” as the subtitle of the exhibition tells.

Proposed and promoted by Piancastagnaio Municipality, Osa Onlus and Pro Loco, with the support of the Province of Siena , “Colors of An Apocalypse ” has sparked an unexpected interest outside of the usual art circle and free from the current logics which manage the traditional promotion  of artistic expression. “Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition displays forty artworks (paintings, lithographs, collages and three special limited-edition silk scarves) created by Roberto Alborghetti with the intriguing and fascinating language of his “Lacer/actions Project”.  Along the seven rooms, people have the way to know the meaning of an artistic research based on observation and reproduction of the decomposition of publicity posters and urban “signs” on the city walls.

Roberto Alborghetti enters with his eyes in the great Babel of ripped and lacerated colors and words in order to grasp the chromatic energy, revitalizing what we usually consider as a rejection or a disturbing element (for the eyes and the urban landscape).

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“Colors of an Apocalypse

The Decomposed Publicity Posters”

Roberto Alborghetti Show

Aldobrandesca Fortress

Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany – Italy  

Opening Time (till January 15, 2013):

10 to 12.30 am/ 17 to 19.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

For informations and visits by appointment:

Tel +39 0577/784134

e-mail: info@prolocopiancastagnaio.it

NEW VIDEOCLIP: ARTISTIC SILK SCARVES (LIMITED-EDITION): “A PERFECT GIFT”

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This is a videoclip about TORN POSTERS ART INSPIRED SILK SCARVES, by Roberto Alborghetti, now on sale at “LA BOTTEGA DI OSCAR / OSCAR’S BOUTIQUE” (on EBay pages).

 They are available in a very special limited-edition. The design is unique. It reproduces details of torn posters images captured around the world by Italian visual artist and reporter Roberto Alborghetti, who had the idea to turn paper trash images into an art subject (he produces canvases, lithographs, collages a.s.o) 

The silk scarves were created with the collaboration of Italian textile designer Bruno Boggia (who worked with the most important fashion stylists in the world)

For info: ro.alb@alice.it

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT, SILK SCARF, LIMITED-EDITION, “WIND OF MAY, RUFFLE MY HAIR!” (100% PURE SILK – CREPE DE CHINE)

EXCLUSIVE: 4.000 DRAWINGS ON THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PLANTS. THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE OF ITALIAN KIDS (A SPECIAL PHOTO-GALLERY)

In 2012 Flower Council Holland and Okay! review launched in Italy the 2nd  edition of  “The plant I like”. The goal was reaching new generations and speaking them about the world of plants and indoor plants, improving knowledges and informations. Kids from infant to secondary schools were involved in a graphic research about green. Okay! magazine, in special pages, presented informations and news, describing some popular indoor plants. School were invited to draw plants in every techniques, expressing their creativity and imagination…

With the aim to improve the students participation Okay! magazine gave also attention to Dutch grocers scene. In special pages, the review introduced news and experiences about Holland plants production. Producers were interviewed about their work and experiences (the questions were collected among a students focus group).

The Plant I like” outcome was better than expected. Students sent to promoters more than 4.000 drawings, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants which  offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to homes.

A commission, composed by teachers and educators, selected the best drawings. The schools received the gift of a plant. The best drawings were shown in exhibitions, fairs and during a special event which took place some weeks ago with a huge students participation. Green culture is one of the privileged fields of Okay! magazine. In the last 13 years, with the collaboration of Flower CouncilHolland, activities were promoted to create new attention and interest in young people. Thousand of kids  approached the world of flowers and plants, receiving impulse to consider the importance of green for social life and for personal well-being.

And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes and the ears of children. And also plants have eyes and ears. Those of children.

LACER/ACTIONS ON CANVASES: I’VE UPDATED MY PHOTOGALLERY

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES – UPDATED PHOTOGALLERY

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), scanned in videoclips  or “re-constructed” on collages, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition, as you may see in the updated photogallery dedicated to canvases. Roberto Alborghetti has been collected so far more than 40.000 images.

In these months 32 canvases are desplayed at Roberto Alborghetti Exhibition (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) taking place at the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy); the show has been extended till January 15, 2013.

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, LACER/ACTIONS,”THERE’S SOME CHAOS…”, CANVAS, 2010, 43X62, OWNED BY THE UPCOMING CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM OF LE MARCHE (ITALY)

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ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES – UPDATED PHOTOGALLERY

THE CANVASES GALLERY - BANNER

“BLOODY ASPHALT”: THE VIDEOCLIP / NO MORE VICTIMS ON THE ROAD

http://www.causes.com/causes/790971-the-european-road-safety-charter/actions/1679061

European Road Safety Charter:

http://www.erscharter.eu/

http://www.facebook.com/EuropeanRoadSafetyCharter

REINVIGORATE YOUR LIFE / THE “CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART – LITHOGRAPH, 50X70, FRAMED, 2008

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen Medina, CAPM®, Co-Author

The definition of reinvigorate is: To put vitality and vigor back into someone or something.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Where exactly do you find this extra vitality and vigor? How do you determine that someone or something is lacking said vitality and vigor? And what is the process to insert vitality and vigor into that someone or something?

If that something is your life and the projects that make up your life, Cheetah Learning is here to help.

Reevaluate. Do you have a project in your life that has more parts lackluster than vigor? The first step is, don’t beat yourself up about it. There might be a reason that you have lost your motivation around this particular endeavor. Find out the “why” of doing the project and ascertain if you still have the same motivations and passions to complete it. If you don’t, then allow yourself to toss the project and do something that better fits who you are today. 

Re-tool. How do you feel when you don’t have the tools you need to accomplish a task? Perhaps the complete opposite of invigorated? That is how your project team will feel if they have a clearly defined task and deliverables, but don’t have the tools to reach their objective.

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find out if there is a capability problem on your project team, as your team members with the issue may not even know that they have a problem. The solution may be advanced technology, further education on the domain subject, or training on systems and procedures. Once the person has the tools they need, they will have a clear path to their objective and be reinvigorated about their part in the project.

Regroup. Have you every felt like you or your project team was losing momentum on a project, and it was hard to pinpoint why? Come back to the project agreement that you created at the beginning, and remember the overarching goal that dictates your day-to-day activities.  It’s also important to acknowledge how your project goals fit in with the strategic direction of your organization. When your project team knows the purpose behind their actions, they will be able to have passion and conviction about the project as a whole.

Reapply the basics. As we get into the depths of a project, sometimes we can forget to do basic project management practices. What is interesting is that it is often the most experienced project managers that fall to in the trap of slacking on basic project management techniques. As you gain more experience, it can be easy to think that you are “too good” for the basics. The fact is that as projects get bigger and more complex, it is imperative that we stick to basic good project management practices, such as getting stakeholder buy-in and documenting lessons learned, in order to keep the project on track and on task. Reinvigorate your project when you get back to the basics that made you a great PM in the first place.

Repeat. Henry Adams once said, “Chaos breeds life, while order breeds habit.”  It is natural for a project to become unorganized and for team members to lose their motivation. It requires the influx of energy to create order out of chaos, and to create an invigorated project team. Make a point to shake up your project team periodically with the tips mentioned above to provide an influx of vigor and vitality into the projects in your life.

Have a fantastic and invigorating day!

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 50,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

IT IS WORTH GOING TO MILAN JUST FOR THIS

AN INTERESTING POST BY DEBRA KOLKKA. A GREAT MEDIEVAL MONUMENT AND A GREAT PHOTO-GALLERY ! MILAN THANKS YOU DEBRA!

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

The cathedral in Milan is dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. The Gothic structure took 6 centuries to complete. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone standing in front of it.

The cathedral was begun in 1386 by Archbishop Antonio da Saluzza. The marble was quarried from Candoglia. Various architects and engineers worked on the building, including Frenchman, Nicholas de Bonaventure, giving the cathedral distinct French style. Napoleon also had a hand in the construction, much later on, in 1805, when he insisted that the facade be completed. He was crowned king of Italy in the cathedral.

The fact that it is still standing for us to admire is a miracle. Much of Milan was bombed in WWII, but the cathedral escaped the bombing and stood firmly in place.

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It has been cleaned recently and it is looking magnificent, even on a dark, misty morning.

The interior is very grand.

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“BLOODY ASPHALT”: MY WORK SUPPORTING “30.000 LIVES TO SAVE” EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST ROAD ACCIDENTS

Bloody Asphalt – by Roberto Alborghetti, Collage 70×50, Framed, 2012 (created with hundred of paper pieces from torn and decomposed publicity posters) – Supporting “30.000 Lives to Save” European Campaign.

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Bloody Asphalt / 30.000 Lives to Save”

Collage by Roberto Alborghetti

Supporting The European Road Safety Charter campaign

50×70, 2012

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This work – “Bloody Asphalt” – is dedicated to road victims and it supports the “30.000 lives to save” campaign. It’s not a canvas reproducing details from torn posters images, but it’s a collage I’ve created with hundreds of paper pieces from decomposed and ripped publicity posters I’ve collected along the streets… Black and red are the pre-eminent colors suggesting a road scene after  an accident. Abstract and reality to raise attention for an important  cause…          

The European Road Safety Charter has launched the “30. 000 lives to save”  campaign that has a key message: “No more victims on the roads”. The campaign, that uses an integrated application on Facebook (causes.com) as a platform, invites citizens to follow its cause by clicking on a single button. The objective is to reach 30. 000 individual participations who believe that road safety should be a priority for all. In 2011, an estimate of 30. 000 people lost their lives on European Roads. That is why, the European Road Safety Charter wants to take a step further and encourage a more active participation of citizens in road safety related topics.

The Charter wants to prove that there are more than 30 000 people who believe that there should be “NO MORE VICTIMS ON THE ROADS!”