THE FASCINATING WORLD OF RUST / LIKE TRAILS OF REDDISH CLOUDS IN THE SKY #1

© Roberto Alborghetti

 

© Roberto Alborghetti

Time and rust have the fascinating power to change things without the contribution and conditioning of the human being’s hand. The work and the creative action that rust can do are truly surprising. They can compose and model endless scenes in which our eyes can see and perceive horizons without limits. Or skies in which the clouds leave incredible trails, like the brush strokes that a painter leaves on the canvas. Yes, like trails of reddish clouds in the sky. These images are not paintings, but simply macro photographs of the rusts I saw on an old gate. Everything is created casually, without a precise intent, without a reason which is not that of the normal process accomplished by the natural decomposition of the elements. Surprising, is not it?

These abstract and macro photos are part of “Lacer/actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens, like these trails of rust  (I’ve collected so far more than 100.000 photos…). Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions.

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Il tempo e la ruggine hanno il fascinoso potere di modificare le cose senza l’apporto e il condizionamento della mano dell’essere umano. Sono davvero sorprendenti il lavoro e l’azione creativa che può compiere la ruggine. Possono comporre e modellare scene infinite nelle quali i nostri occhi possono vedere e percepire orizzonti senza limiti. O cieli nei quali le nuvole lasciano incredibili scie, come le pennellate che un pittore lascia sulla tela. Ma queste immagini non sono dipinti, ma semplicemente fotografie dal vero, ravvicinate, delle ruggini che ho visto su un vecchio cancello. Tutto è creato casualmente, senza un preciso intento, senza una ragione, che non sia quella del normale processo compiuto dalla decomposizione naturale degli elementi. Sorprendente, non è vero?

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN FERRARA: HOW HOLIDAYS TRANSFORM A RENAISSANCE CITY

A rich schedule to celebrate Christmas in Ferrara (Emilia Romagna, Italy): markets, lights, shows and many events for kids, in a joyful atmosphere. During holidays, the centre of Ferrara livens up thanks to funny and traditional events which transform the rigorous aspect of the Renaissance city in an immense open stage for the amusement of both adults and children. The lighting of the suggestive illuminations and of the big Christmas Tree in the church square of Piazza Cattedrale at the beginning of December is welcomed by an appreciated ceremony which inaugurates holidays, Christmas shopping and fun.

Street markets, music events, games for children and travelling choirs welcome visitors during Christmas and New Year’s Day Holidays. Santas liven up the squares of the city with funny shows and small booths sell mulled wine, chestnuts and hot chocolate.  At the street corners, in the churches and in the squares Christmas cribs propose the scene of Nativity in original versions to be admired. The most appreciated one is the Crib on the Water, mounted on Christmas Eve by the Underwater Group of Ferrara in the landing stage of the Estense Castle.

The setting up of the new Christmas Tree is about one of the central themes of Holiday events in Ferrara: sustainability. From 2016, in fact,  Christmas and New Year’s programme has gained the ISO 20121 certification as a Sustainable Event. In front of the Cathedral, with its scenic cover designed by Lorenzo Cutuli, a 16-meters tree donated by the town of Lizzano in Belvedere will be decorated with an inspiration about “recycle”. The lighting of the tree, with a real light cascade, will begin with a show by high school pupils, who will perform dance and music.

Dancing Fountains show will be performed with live music in Piazza Castello, with the Philarmonic Band Ludovico Ariosto – città di Ferrara, with more than 45 members, directed by M° Stefano Caleffi.  The famous “listone”, in Piazza Trento Trieste, will turn into a Christmas Market for tourists and citizens during the festivity period, with arts and crafts, typical products,  and Christmas gifts. To stay updated, it is possible to follow their profile: @festadelregalo and the hashtags: #festadelregalo and #festadelregaloferrara.

Every year, a unique New Year’s Day provided with spectacular scenarios which attracts large numbers of visitors is organized in the great Piazza del Castello in Ferrara. The party begins with the concert of international bands and singers which attracts thousand of visitors every year. At midnight is the fascinating show of the “Fire of the Castle”: from the towers of the historic residence of the Estensi family guests can admire gold, silver and colourful jets and the Castle gradually transforms into a great red, gold and silver fire, a suggestive and unforgettable show which takes visitors’ breath away. And then music, balls, panettone, sparkling white wine and mulled wine.

https://www.visitferrara.eu/en/il-consorzio

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NEW VIDEO: GLORIOUS MORNING 2018/PIANO SOLO AND MACRO PHOTOS

“Glorious Morning”, original Piano solo by young talented composer and pianist Gene Emerson, goes with “Lacer/actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti (macro and abstract photos of torn and decomposed publicity posters and matters). Inspired by a Rumi’s poem. New version of the video originally released in Spring 2013.

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NATURAL CRACKS & CORROSIONS: LIKE MAPS TO NOWHERE #3

© Roberto Alborghetti (7)© Roberto Alborghetti (8)© Roberto Alborghetti (9)

Cracks & Corrosions  like Maps to Nowhere… These are some macro and abstract photos I took walking along the streets of Bitonto, a beautiful city in Apulia, Italy. They are part of “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens.

© Roberto Alborghetti (10) (640x480)Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions. These images give us the illusion of consulting imaginary paths, jealously guarded in the soul of so many of our cities.

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IN THE DIM LIGHT OF CASAMARI ABBEY (ITALY) HIGH EXPRESSION OF MONASTIC GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE

Presenting my latest book (“Social or dis-social?”) that tells about the responsible use of technology and digital communication between the walls of one of the most important and historic Italian abbeys, that of Casamari (Comune di Veroli, Frosinone, Lazio), founded in 1203, high expression of monastic gothic architecture, still home to a community of Cistercian monks, which animate a library of medieval origin and craft workshops for the production of ancient traditional products, from liqueurs to different types of honey. So, I really had an exceptional setting for the presentation meeting of my book “Social or dis-social” – with illustrations by Eleonora Moretti, and published in Italy by Funtasy Editrice leaded by Paolo Sandini – with the students of the secondary school hosted in the abbey. Obviously I did not miss the opportunity of a visit. It was an evocative experience to walk and stop in the silence and dim light of the ancient church.

The abbey of Casamari is situated in the territory of Veroli (Frosinone), on the Via Maria, mid-way between Frosinone and Sora, and lies on a rocky hill sloping down to the torrent Amaseno, at about 300 metres above sea-level. It was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman municipium named Cereatae, being dedicated to the goddess Ceres, at Marianae, for it was the birthplace, or at least a residence, of Caius Marius, from whom the abbey later derived its name. The documents witness the presence of a Benedectine monastic community in the 11th century, under the name of Casamari.

The monastery soon showed a strong vitality both spiritual as well as social and economical, but, in the early 12th century it was affected by a rather long crisis due to a sort of ungovernability (which is witnessed by the frequent resignation of its abbots) caused by both a decline of the Curtis system and the political and religious confusion of that period. During the schism of Anaclet II (1130-1138), when Bernard of Clairvaux, by his persistant work of mediation, became the leading promoter of the Church’s unity through the recognition of Innocent II as pope, Italy became acquainted with the Cistercians while all Europe watched and supported the Order’s astonishing, miraculous expansion.
It was with that political and religious background that a large number of Benedectine monasteries applied for incorporation to this religious Order which guaranteed absolute faithfulness and the popes themselves promoted an aggregative movement. The abbey of Casamari, too, was incorporated to the Order of Citeaux through Bernard’s personal initiative and became the XXIX direct daughter-house of Clairvaux.
The Cistercians started the construction of the monastery which we can still admire today, following the Order’s typical planimetry, pulling down some parts of the ancient Benedectine building and using others as a “valetudinarium” (hospital). In 1203, Pope Innocent III blessed the first stone of the church, the construction of which went on under the management of Fra’ Guglielmo of Casamari until 1217. On September 15th of that year; the basilica was consecrated and dedicated to Our Lady Received into Heaven.
Casamari suffered heavy damages in the early 15th century when Ladislaus of Anjou, after storming Veroli, besieged and plundered the monastery. ln 1417 the mercenary troops of Muzio Attendolo Sforza, at the service of Queen Joan II of Naples and allied to the pope, attacked the armies of Jacopo di Caldora and the Count of Mondrisio, both supporters of Braccio di Montone, who were barricaded in the monastery. It has been said that the western wing if the building was damaged in the clash.
After the war, the cause of Casamari’s decline, and that of other monasteries too, was the institution of the commendam. It was extended to the abbey by Pope Martin V, in 1430, in favour of his nephew Cardinal Prospero Colonna and it was suppressed only in 1850 by Pope Pius IX. During Napoleon’s first campaign in Italy some French soldiers, on their way back, plundered the monastery and desecrated the Eucharist, although they had been received with open arms by Prior Simon Cardon. Some of the monks were able to escape, but six of them, among whom the prior himself, were slain while gathering the sacred particles. They were thus considered martyrs of the Eucharist and later buried in the abbey church. In 1873, owing to the laws of suppression, the abbey was deprived of its possessions and the following year; was declared a national monument.
In spite of endless change, Casamari is still one of the Cistercian monasteries in which monastic life has had no interruptions since its foundation, except for the short period 1811-1814.  Owing in part to the influence of the Trappists’ severe observance in the 18th-19th centuries, common prayer; above all liturgy and lectio divina, is very important to the Congregation’s spirituality. They spend a large part of their time in work, by which they earn a living for themselves and some aid for the poor and missions. Their occupations vary from teaching to sacred ministry as well as scientific, handicraft and agricultural works. In 1830 the Congregation, entrusted by the Holy See, introduced the Catholic monasticism into Ethiopia. From the mother-house, Casamari, have come other groups of monks, giving life to some new monasteries, one of which is in the United States of America and another in Brazil. According to the latest statistics, the Congregation of Casamari now consists of sixteen monasteries and three residences, with 220 monks.

Photo by Roberto Alborghetti (8)

NATURAL CRACKS & CORROSIONS / LIKE MAPS TO NOWHERE #2

© Roberto Alborghetti (4)

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Cracks & Corrosions  like Maps to Nowhere… These are some macro and abstract photos I took walking along the streets of Bitonto, a beautiful city in Apulia, Italy. They are part of “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions.

These images give us the illusion of consulting imaginary paths, jealously guarded in the soul of so many of our cities.

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ACS GALLERY CELEBRATES ART BASEL MIAMI WEEK PRESENTING “KEFALONIA 1943”

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, LACER-ACTIONS, CANVAS

 

ACS Gallery is celebrating Art Basel Miami week online at Artsy (www.artsy.net/acs-gallery/artists) Presenting

“KEFALONIA 1943, VICTIMS & MARTYRS” by Roberto Alborghetti;

Abstract Photo on Canvas + Raisin; 21 3/10 × 33 1/2 in $1,500

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#artbaselweek2018 #spectrum #aquamiami ACS Gallery

https://www.artsy.net/artwork/roberto-alborghetti-kefalonia-1943-victims-and-martyrs

So honored and moved for this! And so grateful too. This artwork is an homage to thousands of young Italian people who lost their life during the II World War in the terrible massacre by nazist army. It wants to be a message of peace for all the Nations in the World. r.a.

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