(HE)ART PLACES / BILBAO (BASQUE REGION, SPAIN) WHERE THE FUTURE HAS REGENERATED A CITY…

© PHOTOS: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Bilbao (Basque region, Spain) is one of the most amazing cities of Europe. It had the courage to develop itself in a new identity based on culture and art. I had the pleasure to visit it a few years ago. And I was really astonished by a city where I had the sensation to walk in the future and in the past in the same time.

Its 700 years history can be seen in its buildings and constructions. The old town is an Historic-Artistic Monument and a reference point for reconstructing the city’s history from its beginnings. It is an example of urban regeneration, with more than 400 shops of all kinds. The city centre is an example of the best 20th century architecture, with buildings that have been housing the main institutions and companies in Bilbao for more than a hundred years. It is an outstanding architectural site, always designed by the best local architects. 

Nonetheless, the city continues to expand: alongside the skill of local architects, the top international firms are represented with works by Foster, Gehry, Calatrava, Isozaki, Pelli… I visited the incredible Guggenheim Museum, where I saw nice art installations and masterpieces (see the next second part of the post). Along the “Gran Via”, in the city centre, I admired a beautiful “open air” exhibition of seven Rodin sculptures, with the famous “Thinker”. In Bilbao culture and art become life. Despite the social problems of the region (autonomist movements), people are really friendly – but don’t call them “Spanish”, they are “Basques” – and conscious to be and to live in a city which walks in the future.

 1 – TO BE CONTINUED

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RED IS IN THE AIR. A REVOLUTION IS COMIN’ SOON. MAYBE

New videoclip from Roberto Alborghetti ‘s “Lacer/actions” arts. Inspired by a French movie directed by Chris Marker.

 

Some words about my new clip “L’air est rouge” posted yesterday. Red is one of the colors that predominate in my “Lacer/actions” artworks (images of torn posters). Red is the color of this festive season. And red is the color that expresses strength, energy, vitality, life … It’s dedicated to red color my new clip “L’air est rouge”, avowedly inspired by a French film directed in 1977 by Chris Marker (“Le fond de l’air est rouge”), docu-movie about revolutions that have marked the world during the 1967-1977 decade.

 Revolutions usually take place on the streets. And I collect my images along the streets. Like those of this clip, in which the red textures are perhaps the metaphor of how today the air is red (again), full of expectations and hopes about a great change in our world. My “revolutionary” wish for 2012 is for a social order in which everyone feels represented and respected. Art can do a lot for this.

 Nothing of apocalyptic in my clip – in a certain sense, we already live in an apocalypse – but “l’air est rouge…”

 

Clip: L’air est rouge (la rèvolution est proche…)

Created by: Roberto Alborghetti

Lenght: 32”

Soundtrack: Le sentiment de l’amour, by Thiae

Images from “Lacer/actions” collection.

 LINKS

http://youtu.be/qw_0TYCY0Fk

 http://animoto.com/play/c0gv10wD0L5ixZHS0YsHtg

 http://vodpod.com/watch/15877321-lair-est-rouge-la-revolution-est-proche-?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

 L’AIR EST ROUGE. LA REVOLUTION EST PROCHE?

Il rosso è tra i colori che maggiormente predominano tra le mie “lacer/azioni” (immagini della pubblicità strappata). Rosso è il colore di questi giorni natalizi. E da sempre il rosso è il colore che esprime forza, energia, vitalità, vita… Ed è proprio dedicato al rosso il mio nuovo clip “L’air est rouge”, titolo dichiaratamente ispirato da un film francese del 1977, diretto da Chris Marker (“Le fond de l’air est rouge”), documento a più voci sulle rivoluzioni che nel mondo hanno scandito il decennio 1967-1977.

Le rivoluzioni di solito si fanno per strada. E per strada io raccolgo le mie immagini. Come quelle di questo clip, dove le trame di rosso sono forse la metafora di come davvero l’aria sia oggi davvero rossa, ancora carica di attese e di speranze che portino nel mondo quel grande cambiamento ed un ordine sociale in cui tutti si sentano rappresentati e rispettati. Niente di apocalittico nel mio clip – in un certo senso, già viviamo in un apocalisse – ma “l’air est rouge”…

 

LINKS

http://youtu.be/qw_0TYCY0Fk

 

http://animoto.com/play/c0gv10wD0L5ixZHS0YsHtg

 

http://vodpod.com/watch/15877321-lair-est-rouge-la-revolution-est-proche-?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

 

MILAN, THE 2nd MASTER IN MENSWEAR: TRAINING THE TALENTS OF THE FUTURE

 Istituto Marangoni and Ermenegildo Zegna together again to form the menswear talents of tomorrow.

 

 Istituto Marangoni, the prestigious fashion school founded in 1935, and Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the luxury menswear brand founded in 1910, two among the most reputed players in the world of Italian fashion, have renewed their commitment to training emerging fashion designers and inaugurated the second edition of the Master in Menswear at the Milan campus. From the common didactic purpose of two Italian fashion leaders comes the desire to offer a high level specialisation course, delivering the best educational and practical preparation in response to the constant evolution of contemporary menswear style.

The course includes a thorough analysis of the menswear industry, focusing on the various stages of production process until acquiring a clear overview of: the concept of suits, outerwear and shirts, the structure of the collection and the packaging of the product through to its distribution. An important asset for the Master will be the participation of top managers and creative directors from Ermenegildo Zegna group. In this second edition, they will once again share with students their precious professional experience in product management, style and retail. I am honoured and proud that the Ermenegildo Zegna Group has agreed to join us in this important project, for the second year in a row – said Roberto Riccio, Group Managing Director of Istituto Marangoni – Our school has always been committed to training the talents of the future, and is the only Italian school able to provide a concrete response, with expertise and timeliness, to the specific requirements of the menswear industry, by training future professionals who are capable of understanding and interpreting with personality the menswear universe and its trends. I am sure that the involvement of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group will help us strengthen the excellence of our training and will provide students with know-how of the highest level of professionalism within the menswear industry.”

The Master will deal with all aspects of menswear collections, from formal and upper casual with Ermenegildo Zegna and fashion with Z Zegna to urban with Zegna Sport. It will give students the opportunity to explore freehand and digital drawing techniques, modelling and learn how clothing is made, from the simplest to the most structured garments. It will also cover all the topics concerning product management and production flow administration.

Once again in this second edition, students will be confronted with stimulating creative projects, inspired by the Group’s different brands, and they will have the possibility to visit the company’s production sites for fabrics, knitwear and ready-to-wear garments, the headquarters and the Zegna showroom in Milan. The special guest present in the jury which will identify the best student comes from the media: Michele Lupi, Editor in Chief of “Rolling Stone” magazine, who will bring a fresh, cross-cutting perspective on the style and creativity of the students. The Menswear Award will be delivered to the best course participant, selected according to Zegna and Istituto Marangoni criteria, who will be offered a 3-month internship within one of the brands and, as in the previous edition, will have the opportunity to participate in the organisation of Zegna fashion show in June 2012 in Milan.

Benedetta Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Talent Management Director, who attended the opening ceremony for the course at Istituto Marangoni, stated: “The decision to continue to support this wonderful initiative is motivated by the quality of the educational offer of Istituto Marangoni and especially of the projects undertaken by the students. The selected talents are bringing ideas and a fresh look to the company’s creative teams.

An important aspect, which we continue to explore in the Master’s program, involves visits to our Group’s production sites, which allow students to feel the extreme quality of the fabrics and products first hand, and to understand the centrality of detail as a key factor for that perfect blend of craftsmanship and technological innovation that is typically Italian.

The idea of inviting Michele Lupi to serve on the jury comes from the desire to give voice to an outside perspective, through the eyes of a man engaged in different environments, always characterised by attention to emerging trends and emerging signs of style.”

The Master began on October 3rd, 2011 at the Milan campus, will last 8 months and includes 7 classes of 2h30 a week. The lessons will be taught in Italian with a simultaneous English translation.

 

MASTER IN MENSWEAR

Limited number (20 places available)

Beginning

October 3rd , 2011

Study Program

  • Menswear Design

  • Fashion Graphics

  • Fashion Panorama

  • Fashion Industry Analysis

  • Research Method

  • Product Management

Attendance

7 lessons per week – 2h30 each

Duration

8 months

Admission Requirements

– A portfolio that demonstrates the candidate’s creative and drawing abilities

– A detailed professional and educational CV that includes: degree or diploma certificate with the final mark awarded

– 100 word cover letter describing professional aims and aspirations and clearly putting forward the reasons and motivation for wanting to participate in the Master’s program

– At least one references letter from an employer or teacher

– Knowledge of Italian or English language

To be admitted to the master, candidates must attend an orientation interview and submit the application form, provided during the interview or downloadable from www.istitutomarangoni.com duly completed.

 

ABOUT ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

Ermenegildo Zegna Group is a leading maker of luxury menswear and one of the most highly renowned enterprises in Italy. It was founded in 1910 in Trivero, in the Alpi Biellesi, by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, who started to produce some of the finest and most highly prized fabrics in the world. The Company is now led by the 4th generation of the Zegna family. By the end of the ’90s the Group had completed its verticalization strategy and created a global luxury brand that makes fabrics, clothing and accessories and is focused on retail business (mostly through directly operated stores). The Group is a pioneering force in opening up emerging markets. In 2010, it celebrated its first centennial, marking 100 years of industrial excellence. Today it has 570 single-brand stores, of which 300 proprietary, in 80 countries, with consolidated sales of euro 963 million in 2010.

 ABOUT ISTITUTO MARANGONI:

Istituto Marangoni was founded in 1935. It now has three generations of students to its credit and has launched over 35,000 professionals, including some of the most important names in international fashion, such as Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Rodolfo Paglialunga, Umit Benan, Alessandro Sartori, Francesco Russo and many others. Istituto Marangoni’s mission has remained the same: to create professionals for the fashion and design industry, people with solid knowledge and know-how, creativity and an understanding of the needs of business. Istituto Marangoni now has 2,400 students from 92 countries. It has three campuses in the capitals of international fashion, design and creativity (Milan, Paris and London) providing 3-year courses, Master’s courses and 1-year courses at all levels.

 

 MASTER IN MENSWEAR: LA MODA FORMA I TALENTI DI DOMANI

 Istituto Marangoni ed Ermenegildo Zegna nuovamente insieme per formare i creativi della moda maschile di domani. Partita la seconda edizione del prestigioso Master in Menswear nel campus di Milano

 L’Istituto Marangoni, scuola di moda nata nel 1935, e il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna, brand del lusso maschile fondato nel 1910, due importanti realtà del mondo della moda italiana, hanno rinnovato il proprio impegno nella formazione dei creativi emergenti inaugurando la seconda edizione del Master in Menswear nel campus di Milano.

Dalla comunione di intenti di due eccellenze della moda italiana è nata la volontà di proporre un corso di specializzazione di alto livello, in grado di offrire agli studenti la migliore preparazione didattica e pratica per rispondere alla costante evoluzione dello stile maschile contemporaneo.

Il Corso prevede un’approfondita analisi del settore dell’abbigliamento uomo, declinata nello studio delle differenti fasi del processo produttivo fino all’acquisizione di una chiara visione di insieme: dal concetto di abito, capo spalla e camicia, alla struttura della collezione, dal confezionamento del prodotto alla sua distribuzione. Importante atout del Master sarà l’intervento di manager e direttori creativi del gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna che – anche per questa seconda edizione – testimonieranno agli studenti la propria esperienza professionale nell’ambito del prodotto, dello stile e del retail, trasferendo loro contenuti essenziali, che solo il mondo del lavoro è pienamente in grado di mettere in campo.

Sono onorato e orgoglioso che il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna abbia accettato di unirsi a noi in questo importante progetto, per il secondo anno consecutivo – ha dichiarato Roberto Riccio, Group Managing Director di Istituto Marangoni – La nostra scuola, da sempre impegnata a formare i talenti del futuro, è la sola italiana in grado di rispondere concretamente, con competenza e tempestività, alle esigenze e specificità del settore, formando futuri professionisti in grado di comprendere e interpretare con personalità l’universo della moda maschile, tipicamente italiano, e il divenire delle sue tendenze. Sono certo che il coinvolgimento del Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna ci aiuterà a consolidare l’eccellenza della nostra offerta formativa e assicurerà agli studenti il know-how delle professionalità più alte della moda maschile”.

 

Il Master affronterà tutti gli aspetti delle collezioni uomo nelle declinazioni formale e upper casual con Ermenegildo Zegna, fashion con Z Zegna, e urban con Zegna Sport; darà agli studenti la possibilità di approfondire le tecniche d’illustrazione a mano libera e a computer, la modellistica e le tecniche di costruzione dei capi, dai più semplici ai più strutturati; approfondirà inoltre tutti gli aspetti legati al product management e alla gestione della produzione.

 

Anche in questa seconda edizione gli studenti potranno cimentarsi in stimolanti progetti creativi ispirati ai diversi brand del Gruppo, e visitare le sedi produttive di tessuto, maglieria e ready to wear, il quartier generale e la show room milanese Zegna. Special guest presente in giuria, un ospite proveniente dal mondo dei Media: Michele Lupi, Direttore del Magazine “Rolling Stone”, che apporterà una prospettiva nuova e trasversale sullo stile e la creatività dei ragazzi. Il Menswear Award verrà assegnato al migliore diplomato, selezionato in base a criteri Zegna e Istituto Marangoni, cui sarà offerto uno stage di 3 mesi all’interno di uno dei brand e, come nella precedente edizione, avrà l’opportunità di partecipare all’organizzazione della sfilata di giugno 2012 a Milano.

 

Ha dichiarato Benedetta Zegna, Responsabile Talenti Ermenegildo Zegna, presente alla cerimonia di apertura dei Corsi presso l’Istituto: “La decisione di continuare a sostenere questa bellissima iniziativa è motivata dalla qualità del supporto didattico offerto dall’Istituto Marangoni e soprattutto dei progetti realizzati dai ragazzi. I talenti selezionati stanno apportando idee e freschezza ai team creativi in azienda.

Un aspetto importante, che continuiamo ad arricchire all’interno del programma del master, riguarda le visite alle realtà produttive del nostro Gruppo, che permettono agli studenti di “toccare con mano” la qualità estrema dei tessuti e dei prodotti, e di comprendere la centralità del dettaglio come fattore chiave di quella perfetta integrazione tra artigianalità e innovazione tecnologica, tipicamente italiana.

L’idea di invitare Michele Lupi a far parte della giuria nasce dal desiderio di dare voce a una prospettiva esterna, attraverso lo sguardo di un uomo impegnato in ambienti diversi, sempre caratterizzati dall’attenzione alle tendenze emergenti e ai segnali di stile emergenti.”

Il Master è iniziato il 3 Ottobre 2011 nel campus di Milano, durerà 8 mesi e prevederà 7 lezioni settimanali da 2h30. Le lezioni si terranno in lingua italiana, con traduzione simultanea in inglese.

 

www.istitutomarangoni.com

  

CORSO MASTER in MENSWEAR

Numero chiuso (20 posti disponibili)

Inizio

3 ottobre 2011

Piano di studi

  • Menswear Design

  • Fashion Graphics

  • Panorama della Moda

  • Analisi dell’industria della moda

  • Metodologia della ricerca

  • Product Management

Frequenza

7 lezioni settimanali – 2h30 ognuna

Durata

8 mesi

Requisiti per l’Ammissione

– un Portfolio che mostri chiaramente la capacità creativa e di illustrazione del candidato

– un CV professionale e di studi dettagliato che includa: certificato di laurea o di diploma con la votazione conseguita

– una lettera di motivazione di 100 parole nella quale descrivere gli obiettivi professionali e di crescita e comunicare con chiarezza le ragioni e le motivazioni che spingono a volere partecipare al Master

– almeno una lettera di referenze dal datore di lavoro o dal docente

– conoscenza della lingua italiana o della lingua inglese.

Per accedere ai corsi master è obbligatorio sostenere un colloquio di orientamento e presentare la domanda di ammissione, consegnata durante il colloquio o scaricabile dal sito debitamente compilata.

 A proposito di Ermenegildo Zegna:

Il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna è leader nell’abbigliamento maschile di lusso e una delle realtà imprenditoriali più rinomate in Italia. Fondato nel 1910 a Trivero, sulle Alpi Biellesi, dal giovane imprenditore Ermenegildo Zegna che iniziò con una produzione di tessuti tra i più fini e pregiati al mondo, l’Azienda è oggi guidata dalla quarta generazione della Famiglia Zegna.

Con la fine degli anni ’90 il Gruppo ha completato la sua strategia di verticalizzazione e dato vita a un brand del lusso globale che produce tessuti, capi di abbigliamento e accessori, focalizzato sul retail – per lo più a gestione diretta – e pioniere nel penetrare i mercati emergenti.

Nel 2010 sono stati celebrati 100 anni di eccellenza. Oggi i negozi monomarca, presenti in 80 paesi, sono 570, di cui 300 di proprietà, Listencon un fatturato consolidato nel 2010 pari a 963 milioni di Euro.

 A proposito di Istituto Marangoni:

Istituto Marangoni nasce nel 1935. Da allora ha al suo attivo un bilancio formativo di tre generazioni di studenti ed è stato il trampolino di lancio per oltre 35.000 professionisti, tra i quali nomi importanti della moda internazionale come Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Rodolfo Paglialunga, Umit Benan, Alessandro Sartori, Francesco Russo, e molti altri. La missione dell’Istituto Marangoni è sempre la stessa: creare professionisti per il sistema moda e design che abbiano una predisposizione al sapere e al saper fare e un’attitudine consolidata alla creatività, applicata alle necessità aziendali. Istituto Marangoni conta oggi 2.400 studenti provenienti da 92 differenti nazioni, che si dividono nei tre campus situati nelle tre capitali internazionali della moda, del design e della creatività: a Milano, a Parigi, e a Londra. L’offerta formativa propone corsi triennali, master e annuali a tutti i livelli.

 

 

THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON!

I was there showing my “LACER/ACTIONS” project. I met fellow artists and I had the way to know something about their art. Here are some stories…

 By ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

  

I may say that art world met at Parallax AF in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, October 13-16, 2011). I was there, showing my “LACER/ACTIONS” project (images from torn posters and city walls). With me, almost 200 artists coming from Australia, Japan, Italy, Israel, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, France, Germany, India, Finland, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, UK, USA, Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sicily, UAE (Dubai), Lebanon, Netherlands, Belgium. It was a great opportunity to share experiences and ideas. And to plan the future… I met fellow artists and I had the way to approach different expressions of their art. And to know something more about their life. Here are some stories…

The first artist I had the pleasure to meet at Parallax AF was MIIKA NYYSSÖNEN from Helsinki, Finland. We hanged artworks at the wall at the same time, in the afternoon. Miika brought to London three works, three delicious paintings-mosaics. But those artworks were only a little part of his huge artistic activity.

Miika is an installation artist. As he showed me through his tablet, his works are often hybrids of several ways to do art, in his recent works he’s been interested in combining visual decisions made by computer programs to the handwork and painting done by himself. Nyyssönen often builds the situation or the structure which determines what his work’s appearance will be. Miika Nyyssonen used cardboard as the main component in his interactive Olin Hall Gallery installation ‘M the Machine’. 700 cardboard boxes were cut according to ten different models, each surface containing between one and ten square holes that provide partial views of other interior spaces and of three sets of home movies from three decades as the viewer moves within the work, simulating the workings of memory. He has his own page on ArtSlant.com network. As me.

 Just in front of me, AMY MCDONALD exhibited her beautiful artwork communicating poetry and smooth emotions. She loves doing screenprint using graphite, ink drawing, pencil drawing, collage. The effects are really awsome. Amy has recently Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Northampton, specialising in Printmaking and Drawing. In her works, she is particularly interested in the way in which imagery can be manipulated and represented in an abstract form as an artistic expression. Her recent Exhibitions included Free Range (London – July 2011) and University of Northampton degree show (June 2011). She says: “My artwork is about imaging my world around me. The styles vary, depending on the landscapes and influences I experience.”

Other my “wall neighbour” was NICHOLA DOHERTY, who showed at Parallax her brilliant works. She started out painting the Australian landscape, focusing on the outback, and the work was quite abstract. As her art evolved and she moved into the more urban influence of Paris, her work became more realistic. However, it remains stylised and focused on capturing the essence of Paris rather than a photo realistic portrayal. This style remained when she moved back to Australia and once more began painting country landscapes and also again when she returned to France and Paris. Nichola is currently drawing on inspiration from his life in France and also a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands. She says: “I am continuing to explore the essence of the landscape and world around me and to draw on my personal experiences in different landscapes and countries.”

I knew another Australian artist: DEBORAH ALEXANDER. Behind her art there is the inner world of a woman who really suffered in the first years of the life. She wrote about herself: “My father had no concept of family and my mother very few boundaries… home life was often unsetting and disturbing”. Deborah found in art a new life, a new reason to hope. She has engaged in painting most of her life, but it wasn’t until she was in her forties and her children old enough that she managed to study Fine Art to Honours Degree Level at Suffolk College (2005) and MA Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design (2007). Her paintings are a sort a trip on the dreams. They seemed to me as nice caresses for heart and soul. Deborah Alexander is working out of Newbourne Studios (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England) where a gallery showcases contemporary paintings for interiors. Deborah Alexander was Artist in Residence in Ipswich Hospital‘s Diagnostic Imaging Department (2006) and has created Artwork for both Ipswich Hospital and East Suffolk MIND.

 

During Parallax AF days we had the way “to be on stage” with Berlin-based artist MIRIAM WUTTKE. She presented an interesting performance: “Embracing the Animal Mind” from the series “Dress to Kill-The end of Post Colonialism”. The piece revolved around anxiety and existential fears in post-colonialist societies and systems; the notion of losing control over a well constructed and preserved individualised life, as well as the need to regain a lost simplicity and innocence in the face of global discomfort on a per diem basis. “The embracement of the animal mind,” explains Wuttke, “is a poetic metaphor for the satisfaction of an elementary need. The performance reflects a process of retreat in order to overcome archaic, magical and cognitive thinking to find relief in a faunal counterpart…” The performance taked place all along the gallery of the Royal Opera Arcade.

Miriam lives and works in Berlin and New York where she worked on paintings, performances and installations. The pictorial research of Miriam Wuttke is developed from figurative wood and paper (1992-1997), painting of abstract expressionism (1997-2009). Miriam Wuttke performs mostly in performance within its own facilities “site specific”. Her installations too are “site-specific”. They consist of objects, collages, fragile, objets trouvés, ready-mades, manuscripts, paintings, drawings and video installations.

 Another performance showed BETH JERVIS creativity and artistic expression. Beth – Paris-based artist – performed “A Banal Poem about a Man”, consisting of four poems and audio recordings woven together in relation to her two-dimensional work exhibited in Parallax AF, “Business Plan to End Capitalism”. She describes one of her numerous costumes during the performance as: “a projection of our idea that there is a beautiful other, trying to embody the beauty through norms rather than asking ourselves what makes us truly happy. Exuberance, success, drawn back through the vulnerability of the alternate other. We see the character and see something in the other and we see it in them but we realise we are as foolish as the character not to see it in our selves, just because the character is painted as a fool to have been all those things at once and not realised there is very little importance in the difference between those things, when it is a simple human being that is portraying them.”

 Impossible not to see, at Parallax AF, the incredible cracked paintings by JEAN MARC ISERE, from Asnière sur Seine (France). His work does not arise from an intellectual stand but from a confrontation with the erosion of matter as such. Jean Marc says: “The cracked paintings allow the gaze, beyond the figurative proposition barely outlined in the foreground, to be freed from rational given and handed over the luminescence of the background”. As Jean Marc says, the spectator become s the agent of the work and ties up once more with his vital force”.

 I had the opportunity to admire SAM PEACOCK works. He uses a mix of recycled metals and industrial paints to create landscape pieces. He gorges on the speed and power of mark making, the rawness and the ferocity of paint; how brush marks shift, scrape and overlap to build up structures and forms which compel him to paint. He looks incisively for the conversation within the form to build this up on the canvass as the work evolves. Sam ‘s painting is rooted in the abstract but links to landscape and architecture within the built environment. Colours become forged from the dilapidated wastelands of the industrial North and regenerated urbanized sprawls, right through the space of farmlands in Australia and the hectic communities within Thailand. The surfaces are constructed using a variety of rollers and industrial paints, the underlying textures show forms and motifs where the ideas all began.

At Parallax AF, just in front on my wall, on the right, AMY WRIGHT has presented her beautiful and fascinating works, that tell us some fragments of her path in the artistic life. Amy studied Arts Therapy at the University of Derby where she first began to really explore the use of oil paints. After a short hiatus starting in 1999, Amy returned to painting in 2003, inspired by living in Greenwich, London. She joined a network of artists at the Cor Blimey Art Studios in Deptford in 2005 and further continued her explorations into colour and texture. In 2006 Amy moved to San Francisco. She had a studio in Russian Hill and became a part of the Artist Community, participating in a number of exhibitions. Since moving back to the UK in 2008, Amy found new inspiration in the vibrancy and chaoticness of the London (Space Studios) until recently moving to the Kent Countryside, enjoying the more tranquil and breathtaking influence that has to offer.

Working in the Abstract Expressionistic style, Amy is influenced by emotions, people, surroundings as well as artists such as Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, and Philip Guston. As seen at Parallax, Amy explores the use of colour and texture. Her work is emotive and reflective, and allows the viewer to interpret through their own experiences, memories and feelings. She works in oils, the ideal medium to create the impasto texture that gives depth to her Art. Her favourite colour? Blue.

 

I was really ashtonished by DAPHNE HUGHES Art, for certain aspects so close to my kind of artworks. Daphne is working in the South East of England in Leighton Buzzard,Bedfordshire. She is a Contemporary Artist creating large Abstract paintings based on her Photography. She loves to exploring the minute details of surfaces inherent in objects that surround us. She captures images and exposes their complex surface textures, observing and translating these qualities into paintings. She uses to create large scale fabrications of texture or movement. Each painting is unique and original with strong visual qualities, and by their nature create a tactile response by the use of mixed and diverse mediums.

Daphne worked on a series of large paintings inspired by the discarded object and corroded materials in the environment. She interprets and captures the spirit of their unconventional displacement and existence into paintings in her own unique style. Her works reflect an enhanced physical version intensifying the original qualities. Daphne Hughes says: “As a passionate Artist I am focused on my forthcoming project which will be a series of individual original Abstract paintings of the surface qualities of ancient fishing boats of Bali,Indonesia and the centuries of worn paint.” “Regenerations” was the title of the works showed at Parallax AF. Daphne published a book in which she tells her incredibile journey trough Art.

 I was also captured by MARTINA KOLLE paintings. Martina – who divides her time between Italy and Germany, exhibiting in both countries as well as Turkey and the United States – works between the regions of the abstract and the representational where only myths and symbols reside. Having practiced homeopathic therapy for over 15 years, Kolle draws upon her own inner resources to give life and vitality to an art that, in the end, is always her own. Her signs and symbols sit outside of our regional languages to form a universal, pictorial grammar only accessible through intuition. Some works pay homage to Georgia O’Keefe’s quivering slips of line that flatten out into organic symmetries. We also see the muscular and assertive hard-line geometries of Joseph Stella’s late paintings. Moving past the feminine and masculine, Kolle’s pictures evade category while offering enough familiarity to be arresting. Her intensely saturated yellows, reds, and blues swirl into vortices, drip with gravity, and expand into an ethereal openness like light reflecting off mist.

Martina Kolle says: “During my long-lived therapeutical experiences as a homeopath, balance has always been my main topic, especially its effects on the human spirit, body and soul. My oil on canvas paintings are compensators. Every topic, the colours and composition of each single painting, are given to me in quiescence and are then transferred onto canvas.”

 Parallax AF gave me the pleasure to meet Czech born artist DAGMAR DOST-NOLDEN, who participated at the Biennale di Venezia “Creative Room” (2009) and Third International Forum in Bolognano, at Casa dell’Arte founded by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini. International artist-painter, sculptor and performer, Dagmar Dost-Nolden – who lives in Cologne, Germany – is fascinated by different forms of energy. Nearly all her paintings, sculptures, objects, installations and performances relate to this subject. Energy is streaming and changing, and art follows the same principle. She considers that art is not a static subject, but interacts with its surroundings. Architecture, nature, people, everything is influencing each other, changing not only the view, but also thoughts and thinking processes.

Not belonging in any of the strong art opinions she has developed her own art. It arisese out of an idea as well as an inspiration during the painting process. Both, the idea, spirit and the energy are being included. She says: “Human being, so as everything others too, is only a small part of free streaming energy that is forming all the universe”. Dagmar has been acknowledged in plenty of exhibitions in many countries. This year she participated at Art Fair Shanghai and Art Fair Beijing.

 I like also to mention artworks by DAVID ABSE, KIMBAL QUIST BUMSTEAD, MATTJ FLETCHER, KIMBERLY JEAN WEBB, SOREN MAYES, SUE SKITT, COLIN PEARCE, and the four Polish Artists MARLENA PROMNA, TOMASZ PIETREK, HANNA SLIWINSKA, ANDREI RAFALOWICZ.

 

 By Roberto Alborghetti

(reporter, author, visual artist, photographer)

 

THE PARALLAX AF DAYS IN LONDON: SHARIN’ IDEAS WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

The Parallax AF days are over. The art show at La Galleria (Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) in London was surely a good occasion to meet artists and people. During the three days exhibition and the two private views, I had the way to approach arts from different parts of the world. It was really fascinating to contact art experiences and extremely various ways to express creativity.

There will be the time, in the next days, to write something about artists who participated to the event held in the very heart of London. For now, I want to thank all the Parallax team and the colleagues with whom I have established friendship, talking about arts and future and sharing ideas and experiences.

So, thanks to: Miika Nyyssonen, Daphne Hughes, Martina Kolle, Amy McDonald, Nichola Doherty, Dagmar Dost-Nolden, Samuel Peacock, Miriam Wuttke, Beth Jervis (Miss Peacock), Deborah Alexander, Amy Wright, David Abse, Jean Marc ISERE, Kimbal Quist Bumstead.

 

 LONDRA, LE GIORNATE DI PARALLAX AF:
A CONTATTO CON ARTISTI DA TUTTO IL MONDO

Le giornate della mostra Parallax AF sono finite. La mostra d’arte presso La Galleria (Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) di Londra è stata sicuramente una buona occasione per incontrare artisti e persone. Durante la mostra (13-16 ottobre) – dove sono stato invitato a proporre le mie opere “Lacer/Azioni” – ho avuto il modo di avvicinare espressioni artistiche provenienti da diverse parti
del mondo. E’ stato davvero affascinante mettersi in contatto con esperienze
e modi estremamente diversi di esprimere la creatività.
Ci sarà il tempo, nei prossimi giorni, di scrivere qualcosa su artisti che hanno
partecipato alla manifestazione tenutasi nel cuore di Londra. Per ora, voglio
ringraziare tutto il team Parallax ed i colleghi con i quali ho stabilito
amicizia, parlando di arte e futuro, condividendo idee ed esperienze.
Grazie a: Miika Nyyssonen, Daphne Hughes, Martina Kolle, Amy McDonald,
Nicola Doherty, Dagmar Dost-Nolden, Samuel Peacock, Miriam Wuttke, Beth Jervis, Deborah Alexander, Amy Wright, David Abse, Jean Marc ISERE ,
Kimbal Quist Bumstead.
 

 

GREEN IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT

There are many ways to kick-start green initiative at work and operate business in an eco-friendly and sustainable way

 

 

Co-written by Michelle LaBrosse (Founder Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power) and Erica Edmond (Capm, Cheetah Green Team) 

Once upon a time, the act of saving the environment seemed to be limited to a yearly celebration called Earth Day where, like New Year’s Eve, people made resolutions that they wouldn’t necessarily keep.

 For decades, the idea of saving the environment and contributing to a healthier world seemed like a great idea, but it was either too big a task for one individual to handle or a seemingly time consuming activity that would cut into money-making time.

 Then things started to change at work, at school and at home. From unthinkable gas prices and a tough job market to skyrocketing health care costs, many folks came to a similar conclusion: to become more resourceful and live better.

 There has been a rise in eating local, for example. Not only does it taste better than the grocery store, but buying local and eating what’s in season saves money and the resources that it costs to transport food to one-stop-shopping nationwide.

Businesses are looking more closely at their waste — paper, energy to power an office 24/7 and throwing dollars away on everything from disposable coffee cups to plastic packaging for products.

There are many ways to kick-start your green initiative at work and operate your business in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. At Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power, we are committed to growing virtually with all of our employees working out of their homes. It’s saved us tremendously on real estate costs and also made our carbon footprint smaller. The good news is that there are many ways to be greener. Let’s take a look at how other businesses are doing it.

DOING IT AND DOING IT WELL

To get your juices flowing, here are six businesses that are doing it and doing it well. These multinational businesses received Natural Health Magazine’s “Green Choice” Awards in 2009 for their excellence in leading by example across the globe.

Wal-Mart: although many have been skeptical of this retailer’s green practices in the past, Wal-Mart now has a very large-scale environmental plan of action to power each of their stores with 100 percent renewable energy. Wal-Mart plans to set aside $500 million a year to increase fuel efficiency within their truck fleet, decrease energy consumption in their stores, decrease solid wastes from their stores, and a number of other environmental endeavors.

Starbucks: with the company’s “bean-to-cup” motto and approach to business, Starbucks uses environmentally savvy methods at each stage of production. Made from post-consumer goods, Starbucks’ recycled cup-sleeves saved more than 78,000 trees in 2006.

Verizon: its HopeLine initiative saved more than 5.6 million cell phones from ending up in landfills and were, instead, used to fund more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies. Verizon has played a leadership role in encouraging customers and shareholders to choose paperless options. In addition, Verizon Wireless signed agreements to deploy smart power grids and continues to upgrade its fiber-optic network with equipment that is four times more efficient and reduces cooling costs. This is equivalent to keeping as many as 16,000 cars off the road annually.

Whole Foods: this organic food chain was the first company to buy the amount of wind-energy credits to compensate for 100 percent of the electricity they consumed. Whole Foods has eliminated their use of disposable plastic bags and replaced them with reusable bags for customers. These reusable bags are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Aveda: this natural-beauty product manufacturer uses primarily organic rather than man-made materials in their products. Aveda also employs wind power in their manufacturing facility to reduce electricity consumption, and they use 100 percent recycled packing materials. On top of these commendable business practices, Aveda funds wildlife preservations, and since 1999 has raised $8 million for environmental causes.

Discovery Channel: this company is not only green in the information it communicates through its many environmentally informative television shows, but through its company actions and practices. The Discovery Channel has compensated for their carbon dioxide emissions through making equal contributions to environmental feats and projects and using energy-efficient lighting, architecture, and water systems in their company headquarters. In August, Discovery Channel took over the leading environmental lifestyle website, treehugger.com, as part of their initiatives to inform people about important environmental issues. Most impressive of all, the company set aside $50 million to create green television programming, beginning with a show entitled Ten Ways to Save the Planet.

 

SMALL STEPS FOR A LARGE FEAT

I often hear people talk about the enormity of being green, and then the Project Manager in me comes alive and I have to remind them that anything is possible with a project plan that can break the most monstrous goals down into doable and realistic parts.

Develop a “Green Business Check List” to get your company thinking about ways it can behave in a greener and more sustainable manner. Here are a few areas to consider with a sample question to get you started. There are plenty more for you to go through, but this can serve as a useful thought starter.

Corporate and Environmental Social Responsibility

Do you only invest in environmentally conscious companies?

Use your investment portfolio to only support business organizations or industries that operate in an environmentally conscious way.

Energy, Water and Heat

Do you make use of natural light by keeping windows and skylights clean and clear? Don’t turn lights on in the middle of the day if you have sufficient natural light coming into your office.

Do you regularly check and fix any leaking taps?

Over the long term a leaking tap can waste a significant amount of water. Post a number to call near sinks so someone may fix it right away.

Do you keep radiators free of office furniture?

Make sure that furniture does not block the radiators as otherwise the heat will be wasted.

Environmental Policy

Have you set up a ‘Green Team’ or ‘Eco Champions’ team in your company? By getting your employees involved and part of the greening process, they will feel valued.

Housekeeping

Do you have a collection point for Aluminum, Glass, or Plastic?

Information Communication Technology

Do you have a green IT infrastructure?

There are now over 1.1 billion computers in operation worldwide, collectively producing about one billion tons of CO2 through their electricity requirements. Also contributing to the earth’s pollution are outdated computer equipment, mobile phones and electronic gadgets that make up 5% of the world’s garbage. Considering our continuing demand to have the latest and greatest in multitasking phones and so on, that’s an alarming amount of products to be tossed aside each year.

Office Supplies

Do you have a printer that can print on both sides?

If you don’t have a printer that can print on both sides, then consider investing in one once your lease for the existing one is up for renewal or when your existing one no longer works.

Travel and Transportation

Rather than traveling to meetings have you invested in suitable technology for conference calls? It is worthwhile investigating alternatives such as using iChat or SKYPE for meetings that require face time.

 Wildlife and Biodiversity

Have you created a wildlife area around your office?

Even if you only have a concrete courtyard you can still create a wildlife area by planting some native plants and flowers in plant pots. This will be beneficial to the planet and much easier on the eyes than sterile office files.

 

GET WHAT YOU NEED

 Opie, you haven’t finished your milk.  We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” ~Aunt Bee Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show

 Taking what you need or making use of what you have is an easy place to begin your journey to contributing to a greener you. How do you see your organization becoming more resourceful with materials and money? How will you continue to evaluate its progress towards being an eco-friendly company that you can feel proud of? Take a small step towards this victory…and then another small step…and then another. Each step is for the generations that follow us. Walk on!

  

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Michelle LaBrosse, MSME, PMP, Founder Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power 

Michelle LaBrosse is an engineer and an entrepreneur with expertise in both aerospace and mechanical engineering. She started her career as an Air Force officer in the field of aircraft structures and vibrations; a challenge that resonates today with some of the technical challenges encountered with wind power.  

For her mechanical engineering master’s degree thesis project, she participated in a Department of Energy grant to help older factories become more energy self-sufficient.  

Michelle has been creating courses using accelerated learning principles for the past 15 years. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, a firm of over 100 people worldwide that specializes in combining accelerated learning and project management to help people achieve their goals faster than they ever before imagined.  

The Project Management Institute recognized Michelle as one of the top 25 most influential women worldwide in Project Management. Her company, Cheetah Learning, was named the 2008 Project Management Institute Provider of the Year in recognition of its accelerated learning in project management education.  

Michelle is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program. She is also the founding board member of the Center for Advanced Learning Concepts (CALCO). She brings all of this experience together to help herself and others become energy self-sufficient. 

 

Erica Edmond, CAPM, Cheetah Green Team 

A marketing intern for Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power, Erica is Cheetah’s go-to resource for all things green. She researches and writes the Cheetah Power newsletter and is also a research assistant for a communication professor at the University of Portland.  

In 2008, Erica began her first Cheetah internship and wrote an ongoing green feature article for the monthly Cheetah Learning newsletter, as well as educational green articles that showed Cheetah employees how to become more energy efficient in their offices and at home.   

During the summer of 2007, Erica worked on a catamaran in Haines, Alaska, as a deckhand/purser. Prior to that, she was appointed by Alaskan senator Ted Stevens to work as a senate page in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.  

Born in Soldotna, Alaska, Erica has traveled to Costa Rica through an AFS exchange program to take Spanish language and culture classes. She also attended a summer session at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. 

A senior at the University of Portland, Erica is majoring in organizational communication. When she’s not studying or working for Cheetah, she can be found exploring with Rambo, her Chihuahua. 

CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIA THROUGH “NEW EYES”

Roberto Alborghetti interviews Tessa Jolls, President of CML, Center for Media Literacy, based in Malibu (Los Angeles, CA).

 

The media literacy is one of the most important questions faced today by culture, education and communication world. The same goal, from 1998, is shared in United States of America by Center for Media Literacy, CML, an organization based in Malibu, Los Angeles, State of California (www.medialit.org). I wanted to know more about its activities and so I met and interviewed CML President, Mrs. Tessa Jolls.

 

– Mrs. Tessa Jolls, where and when was founded CML?

The Center for Media Literacy was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1989 as a non profit. In 2006, CML was restructured and incorporated as a for-profit. The consortium for media literacy was founded as a non-profit in 2007 as a project of international humanities center.

 

– What is the most important mission of your organization?

To advocate for media literacy, to provide practical, research-based tools and resources for media education.

 

– Who support your efforts and activities? Are there attentions from central and local governments?

We receive grants from State and Federal government agencies, but we also have clients (schools and organizations) who pay for consultation, training and curriculum.

 

– Which is the opportunity that CML’c activities give to educators, teachers and to the young people?

The primary benefit of media literacy education is making wise choices possible, since media literacy enables critical analysis of media messages and an understanding of the role of media in our society.

 

– Do you think that the american situation – speaking about kids, schools and media education – is not so different compared to other countries of the globe?

Every country is affected by the impact of media, since media is so pervasive in our cultures, regardless of physical boundaries. Parents everywhere are concerned that their children be wise consumers of media as well as responsible producers of meda. Preparing productive, discerning citizens is of concern globally.

 

– Have you noticed positive effects in people who were involved in CML activities?

Through the years, we have seen many people become passionate advocates of media literacy. Being media literate changes the way that people see the world; once people see media through “new eyes,” they realize the importance of understanding media and how it works in our society.

 

– What is your personal message to schools and teachers who are invited to join your web site?

Global media binds people from throughout the world together because media represents our ideas and our behavior, regardless of where we are from or what we believe. Just as we have common media, we must have common understanding of how media systems work and how we can represent ourselves most effectively. This is our opportunity and our challenge, and we welcome all to take up this important work.

 

www.medialit.org

 

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CML: UNO SFORZO COMUNE

PER VEDERE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI ”

 

Roberto Alborghetti intervista Tessa Jolls, Presidente del CML (Center for Media Literacy) organizzazione molto attiva negli Stati Uniti d’America nell’educazione ai media.

 

L’educazione (e la comprensione) ai media è una delle questioni he toccano il mondo della cultura, dell’educazione e della comunicazione. Su queste realtà è molto attivo, negli Stati Uniti d’America, il CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY, che ha sede a Malibu, Los Angeles, California (www.medialit.org) . Ho voluto sapere di più sull’esperienza di CML; ho incontrato ed intervistato la Presidente dell’organizzazione, la signora Tessa Jolls. Ecco l’intervista.

 

1 – Quando e dove è stato fondato CML (Center for Media Literacy)?

IL CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY (CENTRO PER LA COMPRENSIONE E L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA) È STATO FONDATO A LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, NEL 1989 COME UNA ORGANIZZAZIONE NO-PROFIT. NEL 2006 CML È STATO RISTRUTTURATO E COSTITUITO IN UNA SOCIETÀ FOR-PROFIT. IL CONSORZIO PER L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA (CML) È STATO FONDATO COME ENTE NO-PROFITO NEL 2007 NELL’AMBITO DI UN PROGETTO DELL’ INTERNATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER.

 

 

2 – Quale è la più importante finalità della vostra organizzazione?

È QUELLA DI PROMUOVERE L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA, DI FORNIRE STRUMENTI PRATICI E DI BASE PER FAVORIRE L’EDUCAZIONE AGLI STRUMENTI DELLA COMUNICAZIONE.

 

 

3 – Chi sostiene i vostri sforzi e le vostre attività? Ci sono attenzioni da parte dei governi locale e nazionale?

NOI RICEVIAMO DELLE DONAZIONI DA PARTE DELLE AGENZIE DELLO STATO E DEL GOVERNO FEDERALE, MA ABBIAMO ANCHE INTROITI DA PARTE DI UTENTI (SCUOLE ED ASSOCIAZIONI) AI QUALI SONO FORNITI SERVIZI DI CONSULTAZIONE, FORMAZIONE E PROGRAMMI DI STUDIO.

 

 

4 – Quali le opportunità che le attività di CML offrono a formatori, insegnanti ed alla popolazione giovanile?

IL PRIMO VANTAGGIO DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA È QUELLO DI RENDERE POSSIBILI SCELTE INTELLIGENTI, IN QUANTO L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA RENDE CAPACI DI ANALIZZARE CRITICAMENTE I MESSAGGI DIFFUSI DAI MEDIA E DI CAPIRNE IL RUOLO RICOPERTO NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

5 – Pensa che la situazione negli USA – parlando di ragazzi, scuole ed educazione ai media – non sia così differente rispetto ad altre Nazioni del globo?

TUTTE LE NAZIONI SONO COLPITE DALL’IMPATTO DEI MEDIA DA QUANDO ESSI SONO DIVENTATI COSÌ PERVASIVI NELLE NOSTRE CULTURE, INDIFFERENTI AD OGNI LIMITE FISICO. DAPPERTUTTO, IN OGNI LUOGO, LE FAMIGLIE SONO INTERESSATE DAL FATTO CHE I PROPRI RAGAZZI DEVONO ESSERE SAGGI UTENTI DEI MEDIA COSI COME RESPONSABILI PRODUTTORI DEI MEDIA. È UN INTERESSE GLOBALE PREPARARE CITTADINI PRODUTTIVI E PERSPICACI, IN GRADO DI DISCERNERE.

 

6 – Avete notate effetti positivi nelle persone che sono state coinvolte nelle attività del CML?

NEL CORSO DEGLI ANNI, ABBIAMO VISTO MOLTE PERSONE DIVENTARE APPASSIONATI SOSTENITORI DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA. L’ESSERE IN GRADO DI CAPIRE I MEDIA, CAMBIA IL MODO DI VEDERE IL MONDO. QUANDO LA GENTE VEDE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI” ESSA CAPISCE L’IMPORTANZA DI COMPRENDERE I MEDIA E QUANTO CIÒ CONTA NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

7 – Quale è il vostro personale messaggio alle scuole ed ai formatori che sono invitati a collegarsi al vostro sito web?

I MEDIA GLOBALI LEGANO INSIEME LA GENTE DI TUTTO IL MONDO PERCHÉ I MEDIA RAPPRESENTANO LE NOSTRE IDEE E IL NOSTRO COMPORTAMENTO, INDIFFERENTEMENTE DA DOVE NOI SIAMO E IN COSA NOI CREDIAMO. PROPRIO PER IL FATTO CHE ABBIAMO IN COMUNE I MEDIA, NOI DOBBIAMO AVERE UNA COMUNE COMPRENSIONE DI COME LAVORA IL SISTEMA DEI MEDIA E DI COME NOI POSSIAMO RAPPRESENTARE NOI STESSI IN MODO PIÙ EFFICACE. QUESTA È LA NOSTRA OPPORTUNITÀ E QUESTA È LA NOSTRA SFIDA E NOI SIAMO LIETI DI ACCOGLIERE TUTTI COLORO CHE PRENDONO PARTE A QUESTA IMPORTANTE OPERA.

 

www.medialit.org