SWEET P MUSIC HITS MY LACER/ACTIONS ARTS

“Wow! It’s hot! It’s hot! It’s hot”: these are the words that composer, musician, producer and performer Sweet P emailed me after the view of our clip “Shake your dreams (Shake your club)”. A clip created at the distance of 9.718 kms… He lives in Los Angeles (CA), me in Milan area (Italy). But technologies today do miracles… We have already collaborated in 2010 for the “(Hip)Pop” clip (a sort of homage to the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1997). The new clip soundtrack (“Shake your club”) is taken from the recent Sweet P album (“Superbad”). Pop and Abstract pics – coming from my collection of Images of Torn (publi)City– are mashed up with the capturing Sweet P sound which fuses R’n’B, Soul and Hip Hop. See him in action, while he’s working on the piece, in his home studio (below the link). I think this guy – who writes, performs, composes and produces for his own – deserves attention and success!

Clip YouTube: http://youtu.be/abgOgNbR56w

ClipAnimoto: http://animoto.com/play/8r0AzwoKCKN1N21bezG9sw

ABOUT SWEET P

http://www.sweetptheentertainer.com/index.html

“They didn’t believe in me but I believed in myself!”: Sweet P The Entertainer is music producer, singer, songwriter, engineer and performer.  He began his musical journey in the gritty projects of Griffin, GA USA (one hour south of Atlanta, Georgia) and this is where his ears where first tickled by the sweet melodic sounds of Bob Marley, George Benson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson. It was around the age of 12 when he began to expand his music palette by listening to and developing a love for light rock artist’s & bands. His many influences led him to pursue a career as a recording artist performing in thousands of showcases where he began to craft his artistic abilities. He joined various singing groups in his local area along with his brother who was at the time a hot budding young music producer. He performed in talent shows, nightclubs and parties throughout the city of “Hotlanta”. He soon found himself producing music for other local artist as well as for the various singing groups he performed with. He decided to head to college where he’d take up Classical & Jazz Piano along with Acoustic Guitar for the next five years to further his musical abilities.

After years of honing his vocals, live performance, music production, engineering & songwriting skills he moved to Los Angeles.  He’s currently establishing himself as one of the hottest independent artist/producer’s on the local scene as well as on the internet. He’s not only produced Hip-Hop for young rappers but also R&B, Pop and Rock music for budding vocalist. Sweet P has sold over 35,000 records independently all over the streets of America within a span of about four years! Sweet P created the “SweetPTheEntertainer.com” website to allow the world to come and see what he can bring to the table as a musician and as well as an Artist/Entertainer. “Superbad” is his new album.

SWEET P creating “Shake The Club” song

http://youtu.be/G3wbRIEdQPY

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PUBLIC ENEMY TO PERFORM AT SANTA FE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN

Concert is part of the university’s Artists for Positive Social Change series

  

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (Usa) will bring the internationally renowned hip-hop group Public Enemy to campus Saturday, April 28, 2012. The daylong event will kick off with a community conversation with frontman and lyricist Chuck D. and producer and bassist Brian Hardgroove and will culminate in a live Public Enemy concert that will be open to the public. The concert will close the university’s first yearlong Artists for Positive Social Change series.

It’s especially important to give our students direct access to the artists,” explains David Scheinbaum, chair of the Photography Department and the force behind the Artists for Positive Social Change program. “We have asked highly respected artists to talk to our students about what they do and how they do it. The conversations between the artists and the students are the backbone of the program.”

Formed in 1987, Public Enemy is known for hits like “Fight the Power” and albums like Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black and How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? In the early 1990s, the group pioneered the crossover between rap and rock by partnering with thrash metal band Anthrax on “Bring the Noise,” a genre-busting single that paved the way for the rap-metal sound.

Over the past two decades, Public Enemy has continued the conversation about black rights in America and has advocated maintaining hip hop as a musical form that belongs to the people who listen to it and make it, and not the record companies who release and promote it. Getting Chuck D involved in this initiative will really make the difference. This is a place where people have real questions and can start a conversation,” said Hardgroove. “Santa Fe University of Art and Design is the only campus I’ve been introduced to that shows an interest in feeding the artistic heart.”

The group is also politically and socially active. It launched the website Public Enemy Africa in January 2011 to encourage creative dialogue among hip-hop and rap artists in African communities. The website offers a forum for posting artist profiles, music, videos and event dates to encourage the expression of regional and community cultural politics and concerns. Public Enemy Africa is a digital soundboard and cultural bridge to promote dialogue and, hopefully, to redirect the center of African hip-hop and rap music back to African communities,” explains Chuck D, who is a frequent lecturer and speaker and hosts a regular radio show on WBAI in New York City called “… ANDYOUDON’TSTOP!”

Public Enemy’s mission for positive social change epitomizes the goals of the series. “Chuck D is very serious about art and education,” Scheinbaum says. “Public Enemy is committed to its art and its message, often in the face of adversity. It’s the perfect group to represent our program’s emphasis on positive social change.”

The Artists for Positive Social Change series for the 2011–2012 academic year is focused on the genre of hip hop as a major influence on today’s culture and social fabric, highlighting hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. Since September, several artists, including Hardgroove and Bukue One, have visited campus to deliver lectures and workshops.

 Details about the concert and community conversation will be published early in 2012. For more information about Artists for Positive Social Change, please visit www.santafeuniversity.edu

Public Enemy picture from:

http://www.publicenemy.com/

 

ABOUT ARTISTS FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

Artists for Positive Social Change is a groundbreaking, university-wide series of events, lectures and performances that highlight one high-profile issue or genre. For the 2011–2012 academic year, the series focuses on hip-hop music as a major influence on today’s culture. It highlights hip-hop artists who serve as the voice for youth culture today, bringing positive messages of social responsibility through the multidisciplinary aspects of their medium: music, lyrics, graffiti and breakdancing. Prominent hip-hop artists will visit campus to give lectures, participate in panel discussions, perform their music and meet and talk with students.

To learn more, visit:

www.santafeuniversity.edu/CSFSite/CSF/About/ArtistsForPositiveChange

 

ABOUT SANTA FE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN

Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. SFUAD offers a small-size class environment led by faculty members who are practicing artists, passionate about education and committed to involving students in meaningful projects beginning in their freshman year. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), and photography. With its diverse international student body and opportunities to study abroad, SFUAD encourages students to develop a global perspective on the arts. The city of Santa Fe also offers an international artistic experience as one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, home to thousands of artists working in all media. Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org

 

“L’ECO DI BERGAMO” NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S “LACER/ACTIONS” ART

I know: you aren’t dedicated two pages in a newspaper every day… Especially when they refer to art and culture. However, this happened to me. L’Eco di Bergamo – the most popular local newspaper in Italy – wrote about my “Lacer/actions” artworks dedicating me two full pages. The article is signed by Diego Colombo, who has interviewed me and has brilliantly reported and described the aspects of my art. I’m re-proposing some passages of the long and detailed article, thanking Diego Colombo and L’Eco di Bergamo for the attention they gave me. The entire article can be read on L’Eco di Bergamo, on October 26, 2011.

 

ALBORGHETTI ‘S POP ART IN NEW YORK

by Diego Colombo

 The “torn city.” This is the subject of photographs by the journalist Roberto Alborghetti from Bergamo (Italy), a research work on torn posters, advertising papers, in different countries of the world. He explains: “It’s hard to imagine that behind torn and faded messages there is “something else” to see or discover. In spite of this, these images keep being a mirror of the talking city. These are the post-communicating traces of a product, an event, a show, an idea, new visual elements, often contrasting, discordant but always surprisingly vital”.

Chris Barlow, British art historians, has hosted Alborghetti in an exhibition in London, organized in October. He was invited to be part of the Memorial & Museum in New York, with his work on Nine Eleven… “I’ve always been fascinated by the world of communication – explains Alborghetti – and once I cared a survey “The eye and the media”, in the weekly magazine “La nostra Domenica”, which often dealt with advertising including that of billboards on the streets. And the director, Lino Lazzari, encouraged me to go on with photographs, putting near my language the innovations of pop art. This year he wrote me a beautiful review which I translated into English and placed on the net”. Lazzari wrote: “The matter used to create a work of art and to convey positive messages of humanity isn’t as important as the ability of using “tears” of colored paper to exalt the characteristics of a striking, persuasive, compelling reality”.

“I photograph a waste as the torn poster waiting to be covered by other posters – adds Alborghetti – or remains as a waste, especially in poor neighborhoods where I usually find the best images”. “In Tunis, three years ago, I took photographs in an Arab market – remembers Alborghetti – where I saw beautiful matches on the blue walls of buildings… The most beautiful matches are those in which paper remains stuck for months and undergoes a process of osmosis with the environment. With rain, sun, smog, paper always changes, it pulls itself, it’s stiff. The most unusual aspects can be discovered when rainwater mixes everything, leaving incredible traces, and it’s important to seize the right moment, because it isn’t always easy…”

“During the last fifteen years – continues Alborghetti – I coordinated several projects about the use of means of mass communication and the reading of image, including workshops with students and teachers on advertising messages. There, I discovered that advertising has a “post” value, that is to say even after being a moment of communication. To tell the truth, the artist Mimmo Rotella took inspiration from torn posters of the fifties. And others like him, for example the French artist Jacques Villeglé: the capability of the billboard of enchanting isn’t something new. But I have considered a different aspect: the suggestion of colors that casually remain when the bill-sticker tears. In the meantime, studying contemporary art, I was seduced by abstractionism”.

 In about seven years, Alborghetti collects a lot of photos, thirty thousand pics. Here comes the surprise: “Showing them to friends or during the workshops with teachers, I was told that my pictures of torn posters were beautiful. They pushed me to locate them, date them, categorize them. I had shots taken around the world, from Italy, from New York and Los Angeles, from all the places where my job as director of specialist journals in the field of teaching and education and coordinator of projects about the use of media takes me”.

The moment of getting known comes soon: “I created about forty videoclips with my images of torn posters, organizing them by color – blue, red, black – and giving meaning to my work. I loaded them on the net: YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, ArtSlant… The first exhibition was in July 2010 at OrioCenter: the Director of the big shoppin center had seen my pictures and he had offered me a space, the square opposite the Milan Bergamo Orio Airport, for an exhibition of thirty works on the theme “Air, water, earth and fire”. In three days, thousands of people have asked for explanations and clarifications. On that occasion newspapers dedicated some articles to the event, including L’Eco di Bergamo and the international web magazine Un mondo d’Italiani…”

 “At first I found much derision in Italy. They told me: “You have made a montage”. And then I had to stand, and still today, people’s reactions when I am taking photos on torn posters. “You’re crazy”, “I have to go, give me way…”. In Milan I was also stopped by the police: I was shooting near a police station, considered “a significant military target”. “What are you photographing?”. “I will show you”. They couldn’t believe. Even my friends usually joke: they pretend to be art dealers who invite me to exhibitions”. To tell the truth when we saw the first e mail from Roberto Alborghetti, we thought it to be a trick.

“When I brought my booklet in a gallery in Milan, they watched me as if I was an alien. But abroad I realized that I wasn’t the problem, they were. We have to get out of our narrow-minded, it is isolating us”.

 The web gives Alborghetti a strong visibility: he has been receiving since the beginning thousands of contacts on his website “Lacer/actions” on YouTube. “Lacer/actions. I chose this name because my activity consists of reading the tears on posters, mirror of pople’s sorrow” Alborghetti’s name is also present on The Huffington Post, the prestigious American blog for which the President of the United States Obama, also wrote. The article is signed by Srini Pillay, Harvard psychiatrist and researcher in the field of “brain imaging”, author of bestsellers about the Neuroscience; in Italy they translated his best seller “Life Unlocked”, titled “La Calma in Tasca” (Newton Compton publishing company)

Pillay was especially struck by the work of Alborghetti dedicated to Nine Eleven and he wrote a psychological analysis on it: “Art is a form of healing whose effects we can seen in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Roberto Alborghetti, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of the loss and the beauty of our resilience through this mysterious life”.

The London show has been organized by the art historian and gallery owner Chris Barlow: “He saw my pictures on the net, he appreciated them and invited me to go to London for three days at the international “Parallax AF” with three of my works: that dedicated to Nine Eleven, “As running fast water” (Come acqua che corre veloce), “I don’t like to stand still” (Non mi piace stare fermo). “As running fast water” was born in Bergamo, along XXIV Maggio street in a rainy day and now somebody puts it near Monet”.

 “I have been contacted by many people who had seen my pictures on the net – Alborghetti says with surprise, but also with pride – : poets, musicians and storytellers. Among these was Srini Pillay, who now is working to an international project about “ States of consciousness”: he sent me a grid of questions centred on the creation of my works. When he received my answers he wrote me: “I am a columnist of The Huffington Post, I will dedicate an article about your work on Nine Eleven”. Taking the story of the origin of this picture as a starting point, he began to write: “Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan…”. That’s true: I was there when I saw a board election and I was fascinated by the tears left by a bill-sticker. The colors were similar to those of blood and fire coming down to the gray cement. This year is the tenth anniversary of Nine Eleven and I decided to dedicate this picture to the Fallen in the attack”.

 But there’s more. “Two years ago I have produced a clip with colorful images. An American hip-pop musician, Sweet P The Entertainer saw it and wrote to me: “If I give you my music, you will make a clip”. Now he is coming out in America with his first album…” There is a special feeling with the music. “Last year I made a clip with abstract images that made me think of the atmosphere of Christmas; this clip was for an american group that sings a cappella, Tonic Sol-Fa. A few months ago I worked with a Dutch musician, Jap Jap. And an experimental musician from Brighton, Jonteknik, sent me a song and he wrote to me: “Combine it with your pictures, I like them very much”. I worked with the American musical project “Earscapes” by Joshua Sellers, musician, producer and poet from Arkansas, who created a nine minutes video (“Linger”) with my artworks…”

“Who says that this kind of work can be created only by an Italian, mentioning Renaissance, as well as all the culture that we have behind us and inside us, puts me in a crisis. As well as people who puts me near Cy Twombly, Josef Albers, to pop art, who declares that I have shown that in art nothing is created nor destroyed. That’s true: I am not a painter, but a lot of great artists have been inspired by torn posters. I have got proof. I don’t modify the images, I don’t transform them: I immortalize them as I see them. My work is a provocation. Those who see my work for the first time have the illusion that they are paintings. I have to explain that they are not…”

Others apart from artists like Alborghetti’s works. He has been called by a company, the Bulwark Design (Srs Group), from Fiorano Modenese (Modena), in the center of the district of ceramics… And then the meeting with Bruno Boggia, who provides designers with the drawings. Because the success of an article depends on the textile designers. In Como, Boggia works for the most successful international fashion houses. Alborghetti: “He has produced three silk scarves with my pictures, including one dedicated to Nine Eleven (Alborghetti is going to give it to an association of families of the Fallen in the attack) Three prototypes, just to see the effect of the transition from paper to silk”. “But there’s also – he concludes – a religious group which had the idea of taking one of my images as a model for a stained glass window… People see all these references. For me it’s just a game”. But also a provocation to our eyes and our minds.

HIP-HOP GOES TO UNIVERSITY

Bukue One led Workshop on Graffiti Art at Santa Fe’ University (Artists for Positive Social Change program)

Hip-hop artist Bukue One led a workshop on graffiti art Sept. 13 at Santa Fe’ University of Art and Design. The workshop was part of the university’s 2011–2012 Artists for Positive Social Change series, which focuses on hip-hop as a major influence on today’s culture and highlights hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. Bukue One, a leader in the world of hip-hop music and graffiti art, is globally recognized for his innovative and influential work, commitment to positive messages, and contributions to social change in his community.

Bukue is an artist who maintains a very high standard of ethics in his work and is aware of his responsibility as a performer,” said David Scheinbaum, chair of the Photography Department and leader of this year’s series. “As a university, we wanted to bring to our students not only talented figures to emulate, but also artists who consciously and creatively bring a positive message to our youth. Bukue does this through his music, his art and his own engagement with community and kids.”

Bukue, a performer and graffiti artist as well as the manager of hip-hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien, led a workshop focused on how to create a “burner,” or a big wall of graffiti. Bukue explained how to select optimal lettering, color and layout for large surface graffiti design. The workshop included the creation of a graffiti project on a wall near campus.

Forrest Thomas, owner of Thomas Properties, generously allowed our students to use the back of his building at the campus exit for the graffiti workshop,” said Linda Swanson, chair of the Art Department. “Together, Bukue One and workshop participants created a graffiti image of the letters ‘SFUAD’ there. This is a wonderful example of neighborly collaboration, and we appreciate Forrest’s trust and commitment to our school’s project. We were thrilled to acknowledge this collaborative effort and the significance of the project by placing a plaque about the Bukue One graffiti workshop and Forrest Thomas on the wall alongside the art.”

In addition to the workshop, Bukue gave a private concert to students, faculty members and staff, giving students the chance to see him at work both in an academic setting and as a performer on stage.

Having Bukue at the university was a unique experience for our students and faculty members,” said Scheinbaum. “He brought not only a wealth of practical knowledge but also a passion for and commitment to bringing about positive changes for society.”

* * *

University of Art and Design Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), photography, business and education. Its location, in one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, provides a perfect setting for learning in a city where creativity and innovation are central to the community. For more information, visit www.santafeuniversity.edu.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

 

 

SWEET P, THE STORY OF THE L.A. GUY WHO DREAMS TO ENTERTAIN THE WORLD…

 IT’s out “Super Bad”, the new album “very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered” by Sweet P The Entertainer. I met him in June 2009 along the Walk of Fame. He was offering his demo cd to tourists… A story from the Dreaming America and from the Dreams that come True.

 

This is a story of a guy who dreamed to have a place in the music world. His name is Sweet P The Entertainer: “and he’s just what his name embodies”, he loves to say of himself.

I met him in june 2009, in Los Angeles, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A destiny’s sign? Yes, I think so. As other guys – singers, composers and musicians – he was running after tourists, offering them a demo cd with his music. He kindly stopped me and talked me about his compilation album – 16 tracks – home produced, home recorded and home manufactured. I remember what he said me : “Trust me, I’m the hottest music producer around here. This album home made is a tight blend of hip-hop, r’n’b, pop, rock and latin…All music is produced by me…Trust me”. I trusted my gut, as psychiatrist and Harvard clinician dr. Srini Pillay says about the role of intuition in his “The Brain and Business” book. I bought the compilation for some dollars. That guy thanked me smiling: “I’m the new Michael Jackson!”

It was June 2009 ( I had just left LA and I heard the sad news about the King of Pop’s death…) Back home, I put the compilation on cd player. That guy was right! Good hip-hop music. Nice vocal production. Beautiful rhythms and melodies. Accurate additional programming. A soulful atmosphere colored by a touch of pop and latin too. I contacted him via e-mail and I expressed my compliments.

The official biography – so ironical and disenchanted – tells about him: “ He’s a very well rounded Artist & Musician. He produces & engineers his own music, writes his own songs as well as sings & raps all the vocals. He plays several instruments including acoustic piano and acoustic guitar and is an electrifying performer on stage! Sweet P’s not only a great musician but he’s also an highly accomplished business man as well! He’s established himself as CEO of his own independent record label entitled “Rich Dreams Music” and does all of the promotion, marketing and management work himself on as well as off the internet! Please enjoy all of Sweet P’s videos and look for his new album coming this Summer/Fall…Thanks for your support, Stay Gold! Peace”.

 From then, we kept in touch through web sites (Myspace, Youtube, Facebook). Sweet P has been updating me about the preparation of his album. He worked so much. He suffered so much. But he never gave up. He likes to say about himself: “They didn’t believe in me but I believed in myself!” Bold and tenacious. He really deserves attention and respect, for his faith, for his enthusiasm.

Sweet P was impressed by my “psycho artworks” and we had a sort of video collaboration. In 2010 he sent me an abstract from his “Sweet P Lean” mixtape and I created a clip, ispired by his soundtrack. The result was a video, “(HIP) POP”, showing ten pop-oriented images; it intended to be also a sort of homage to the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997).

 And at last… A few days ago I receive this message: “Hey friends and fans it’s Sweet P The Entertainer! My new album will be soon available… It was very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered by myself and the first single & video is coming soon! In the meantime you can download my 8 song mix-tape for free on the datpiff link below and please feel free to share it with all of your close friends! My single from that mix-tape is entitled “Hey Girl”. You can check it out on my youtube channel as well. So thanks in advance for the support! Stay Gold, Peace. Sweet P The Entertainer”.

Well done, guy! I’m glad for you… Your dreams came true. I wish you all the best success! Yes, touching stories may born along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where people still hope and dream…

 Roberto Alborghetti

 LACER/ACTIONS – HIP (POP), CLIP 2010 (Sweet P Lean Mixtape)

 http://youtu.be/5hp52ET0-AM

 http://animoto.com/play/8QlPf1zadi2UT1WtwoY0Jg

 SWEET P OFFICIAL SITE

http://www.sweetptheentertainer.com/index.html

Sweet P The Entertainer Presents “Hey Girl”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYprOsHd4e8

Download “The Sweet P Lean” Mixtape for Free!

http://www.datpiff.com/Sweet-P-The-Entertainer-The-Sweet-P-Lean-Mixtape.233084.html

 

 

 

ARTISTS FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

Santa Fe University of Art and Design launches annual series to spotlight genres and artist s who have had a positive impact on society.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design announced the launch of Artists for Positive Social Change, a groundbreaking, university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances. Each academic year, the university will focus on the exploration of a specific genre that is relevant to society and the artists within the genre that have respectfully and fearlessly pushed the creative boundaries of their profession. Led by Photography Department Chair David Scheinbaum, the first annual Artists for Positive Social Change series for the 2011–2012 academic year will focus on the genre of hip-hop as a major influence on today’s culture and social fabric as well as work of hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. The year of hip-hop will begin in September and end with a three-day capstone symposium and performance on campus in May 2012.

“This program broadens the real-world relevance of our curriculum in an innovative way,” Scheinbaum explained. “So much of teaching is theoretical. It’s important to teach theory, but it’s even more important for students to meet the players and see what it’s like to lead lives in artistic professions. This series brings artists to campus who have had a major impact on their chosen fields by pushing the respective boundaries and have exhibited excellence and creativity in their approach to ethics, creative ideas, professionalism, quality.”

 

Scheinbaum chose the subject of hip-hop to launch the series for personal reasons. “My personal photographic work is steeped in hip-hop,” he said. “For the past 12 years, I’ve photographed hip-hop artists with positive messages.” He led the development of the

Artists for Positive Social Change series in part as a way to share his experiences with an audience larger than his own classroom. Elements of hip-hop culture, genre and practice will be discussed in courses in every department. Series-specific courses will include the study of rap lyrics as poetry in the Creative Writing and Literature Department; a course on the production of music videos through the Moving Image Arts Department; a series of workshops and performances in the Contemporary Music Department; and a study of the “art” of hip-hop culture, including graffiti and dance, through the Art and Theatre departments.

 

Performance is another exciting component of the program. A yet-to-be-announced roster of hip-hop artists will visit the campus to give lectures, participate in discussions, perform and—most importantly—meet and talk with students. In May, students will have the opportunity to attend a three-day capstone event that features guest lectures by academics and scholars and concludes with a performance by a prominent hip-hop group.

 

“Many of the artists I work with have a strong sense of social responsibility,” Scheinbaum said. “That’s an overriding theme of this first series. Hip-hop music often addresses community issues and social responsibility. These artists are a voice for this generation and bringing them onto campus is an exciting way to offer an innovative, motivating curriculum to the students.”

 

Future series will draw on artists from different disciplines, including poetry, theater and film. Scheinbaum said, “This program will epitomize our teaching: artists who are pushing the boundaries, sticking to their ethics and producing work of quality and relevance.”

 

ABOUT SANTA FE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN 

Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), photography, business and education. Its location, in one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, provides a perfect setting for learning in a city where creativity and innovation are central to the community. For more information, visit www.santafeuniversity.edu

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org

 

 

 

VOICES AND WRITINGS FROM THE CITIES

 

 Massimo Lallai, so attentive to the world of communications and medias, sent me some interesting considerations about my artworks “Lacer/actions”. I’m glad to share them on this page.


I read your brochure “Lacer/actions – Pics of torn (publi)city” and your experience reminded me that recently I supported an examination whose title was “The City ‘s Writing”. It was concerned about historical and economic development of Latin American cities, particularly Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Lima and Havana, and the way they were portrayed in literature.

I read several works by authors who recreated those cities in their books (in physical and socio-cultural terms) and some of them speak and analyze popular forms of art such as graffiti or wall paintings in Mexico City or in La Havana, where those drawings and “signs” really works as advertisings for restaurants, bars and food shops; others authors analyze other forms of written expressions on the walls, called “Las Maras” by local street gangs.

In fact, with your “Lacer/actions” artworks, you too are acting as a “voice of the city” because every lacerations is typical of a certain place and culture. I’m not only speaking about showing written words artworks but, above all, about the colors pictures. They are really beautiful! My compliments again! “

 BY MASSIMO LALLAI

 

 

VOCI E SCRITTURE DELLE CITTA’

 L’amico Massimo Lallai, persona attenta a tutto ciò che è e fa comunicazione, mi ha inviato alcune sue riflessioni sui miei artworks “Lacer/actions”. Sono considerazioni molto interessanti, che voglio condividere con voi.


“Ho letto il tuo opuscolo “Lacer/azioni – Fermi-immagine sulla (pubbli)città strappata” e la tua esperienza mi ha riportato alla mente un esame sostenuto da poco il cui titolo era “La scrittura della cittá”. Trattava dello sviluppo storico ed economico delle metropoli latinoamericane, ed in particolare di Buenos Aires, Cittá del Messico, Lima e La Habana e del modo in cui queste venivano rappresentate nella letteratura.

Lessi diverse opere di autori che ricreavano tali metropoli nei loro libri (sia dal punto di vista fisico e socioculturale) e alcuni di loro parlano e analizzano forme popolari di pittura come per esempio i graffiti di Cittá de Messico o i dipinti murari che fungono, a La Habana, da vere e proprie “insegne” pubblicitarie per ristoranti, bar o negozi di articoli alimentari; altri analizzano altre forme di espressione come le scritte murarie delle bande di strada chiamate Las Maras.
In effetti anche tu, con le “Lacer/azioni”, fungi da “voce delle cittá” anche perché ogni lacerazione é tipica di un certo luogo, della sua cultura e non parlo solo delle lacerazioni che mostrano delle scritte ma anche, e soprattutto, dei colori. Sono veramente belle… ancora complimenti!”

 MASSIMO LALLAI