“ART AND POLITICS”: SHEPARD FAIREY (OBAMA “HOPE” POSTER CREATOR) MEETS STUDENTS AT “SANTA FE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN”

Launched in 2011 by the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Artists for Positive Social Change  is a “university-wide series of events, lectures, and performances that highlights one high-profile issue, artist or genre each year.” Inaugurating this five-year initiative, 2011-12 was the year of hip-hop and saw Public Enemy descend on the SFUAD campus for a free concert.  The school hosted a graffiti workshop alongside classes in writing rap lyrics, hip-hop music and breakdancing. The goal was to distill hip-hop as a significant form of communication, as an art form that at its inception “gave voice to voiceless people.” This first year of Artists for Positive Social Change also proved that SFUAD is kinda cool.

Now in its second year, the theme is “Art and Political Activism.” Behold Shepard Fairey, who came to campus last Sunday night (February 17, 2013) for a Q&A with SFUAD’s graphic design department chair, David Grey.  During the week of February 18, Fairey will also designed and painted a permanent outdoor mural on the school campus. This is the artist whose 1990s Andre the Giant sticker went viral before viral meant on the Internet.  It was a different kind of dissemination, one grounded in street art.  He created the sticker while attending the Rhode Island School of Design where his tendencies toward punk, skateboarding and other countercultures were sometimes disparaged by professors.  Fairey admitted that he never thought he’d be taken seriously as a fine artist. If he had, he alleged, it might have paralyzed him.

In 2008, Fairey designed Barack Obama’s Hope Poster, the very icon of Obama’s grassroots energy.  That poster is why Fairey typifies this year’s “art and political activism” theme.  Its impact was immense and although not officially affiliated with the presidential campaign, it alone must have mobilized hundreds of thousands of voters. In Fairey’s words, he is making art for the world he wants to live in.  That alone is inspiration for SFUAD artists.

The Hope Poster’s imagery evolved from yes, an AP photo, but also its subversion of visual culture. In all of his work, the artist pulls from Russian Constructivism, pop art, hip-hop, punk, skateboarding, and artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, and Barbara Kruger.  He raids the cultural image bank and riffs on it, appropriating elements to change the way we see things and ideally even think about things.  ‘Fair use’ copyright battles aside, Fairey asks us to “consume with discretion” and on his website http://www.obeygiant.com/about sites Heidegger’s account of Phenomenology to “enable people to see clearly something that is right before their eyes but obscured.”

If one thing was clear from listening to Fairey talk, it’s that he knows his culture.  From band trivia and blogging to politics and economics, this guy knows what’s up and he probably has an opinion about it.  He quoted Led Zeppelin, wore a black Ramones t-shirt, spoke openly about “selling out,” patience, his process and how it’s changed with time and the Internet, and when prompted, admitted to being arrested 16 times.  The Greer Garson Theatre was packed with students and community members who lined up for a Q&A that could’ve lasted all night.  Luckily, students have the opportunity all week to ask Fairey questions as he painted an indelible public artwork on the SFUAD campus.

http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/News/NewsRoom/Shepard-Fairey-To-Paint-Mural-On-SFUAD-Campus.aspx

http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/About/ArtistsForPositiveChange.aspx

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FROM NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES TO WEBSITES: THE EYES OF MEDIA ON MY “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBITION

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SOME LINKS ABOUT MEDIA TALKING AND WRITING ON ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI EXHIBITION AT ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS, TUSCANY (ITALY)

http://www.cittanuova.it/contenuto.php?TipoContenuto=web&idContenuto=422934&anteprima=true

http://www.intoscana.it/intoscana2/opencms/intoscana/sito-intoscana/Contenuti_intoscana/Canali/Arte-e-Cultura/visualizza_asset.html?id=1168530

http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/intoscana2/export/TurismoRT/sito-TurismoRT/Contenuti/Eventi/Mostre/visualizza_asset.html_618936404.html

http://eventi.luvionline.com/f-8001/lacer-azioni-di-roberto-alborghetti-siena-dal-06-10-2012-al-04-11-2012.html

http://leartisteboots.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/2507/

http://bagnidilucca.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/an-artist-in-a-castle-in-tuscany/

http://healingminds.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/anche-dallaustralia-per-visitare-la-mostra-delle-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti-presso-lantica-rocca-aldobrandesca-sul-monte-amiata/

http://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/news/153022/Alborghetti_e_i_colori_di_una_apocalisse_alla_Rocca_di_Piancastagnaio.html

http://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/news/153891/Piancastagnaio____esima_edizione_per__Il_Crastatone_.html

http://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/news/153141/Alborghetti_ed_i_suoi__Colori_di_un_apocalisse__conquista_visitatori_da_tutto_il_mondo.html

http://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/news/152993/LaceR_Azioni__una_mostra___provocazione_di_Roberto_Alborghetti.html

http://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/news/153945/Lacer_Azioni__successo_di_pubblico_per_Alborghetti.html

http://www.oksiena.it/brevi/i-colori-dellapocalisse-in-mostra-alla-rocca-aldobrandesca-20932.html

http://www.oksiena.it/brevi/piancastagnaio-autunno-tra-scrittura-fotografia-e-%E2%80%A6castagne-21623.html

http://247.libero.it/lfocus/16126035/1/lacer-azioni-di-roberto-alborghetti/

http://247.libero.it/rfocus/16114326/0/lacer-azioni-una-mostra-provocazione-di-roberto-alborghetti/

http://247.libero.it/dsearch/roberto+alborghetti/3/

http://eventi.saimicadove.it/Toscana/siena/eventi_piancastagnaio/mostre_piancastagnaio/lacer_azioni_di_roberto_alborghetti_.html

http://www.sienafree.it/piancastagnaio/40238-le-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti-in-mostra-alla-rocca-aldobrandesca

https://plus.google.com/u/0/102675243339223032042/posts/bsLn3G11tVe#102675243339223032042/posts/bsLn3G11tVe

http://www.sienafree.it/piancastagnaio/41377-piancastagnaio-tutto-pronto-per-la-46esima-edizione-de-il-crastatone

http://www.unmondoditaliani.com/colori-di-unapocalissela-decomposizione-dei-manifesti-pubblicitari-alborghetti-in-mostra-a-siena.htm

http://www.unmondoditaliani.com/roberto-alborghetti-ancora-in-scena-con-le-sue-lacerazioni-a-siena.htm

http://carmelinablog.blogspot.it/2012/09/blog-post.html

Itis Sava in visita alla mostra per Penne e Video sconosciuti 2012

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“Colors of an Apocalypse

The Decomposed Publicity Posters”

Roberto Alborghetti Show

Aldobrandesca Fortress

Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany – Italy  

Opening Time: 10 to 12.30 am/ 17 to 19.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays, until January 15, 2013. 

For information and visits by appointment:

Tel +39 0577/784134

e-mail: info@prolocopiancastagnaio.it

STREAMS OF COLORS: IMAGE #5 FROM “THE SPRING WINGS” LACER/ACTIONS SERIES

 

Till next sunday April 1, I’m glad to share a special preview of a seven images series that I titled “The Spring Wings”. The whole series will be followed and concluded by a videoclip in which I’ll show a “live view” of that incredibile billboard from which I’ve made my artworks.

I think it’s one of the most astonishing torn posters I ever seen so far during my long research about ripped ads and urban signs. It was located in Lecco, a beautiful town on Como Lake (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. I really had the luck to be in the right time in the right place… (in the following days the billboard was covered with new publicity posters).

The huge and whole torn paper advertising showed me pre-existing images that were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particles which presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a completely white background. The various sections of the torn poster reminded me suggestions about springtime colors…as we may see also in the 4th image of the series.

ABOUT MY “LACER/ACTIONS ART PROJECT”

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

2011 TOP 15 ARTICLES AT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORDPRESS BLOG

  

A year has gone. It’s time to fix some reports, also for my blogger experience. According to 2011 site stats, I compiled a chart about my most viewed posts. It’s the occasion to thank visitors and my fellow bloggers. Let’s keep growing up this wonderful opportunity to share ideas and experiences improving communication and human relationships! Thanks to all who approach my art provoc/actions too… 

 

MY TOP 15 POSTS OF 2011

 

1 – PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/preview-on-textile-design-trends-for-fashion-2013/

2 – ABOUT ME, ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/

3 – ART AND DESIGN FOR DAILY LIFE

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

4 – BRUNO BOGGIA, IL DISEGNO E’ VITA

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/bruno-boggia-il-disegno-e-vita/

5 – LACER/ACTIONS AT PARALLAX AF LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-at-parallax-af-london/

6 – LONDON, PARALLAX AF 2 AT “LA GALLERIA”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/london-parallax-af-2-at-%e2%80%9cla-galleria%e2%80%9d/

7 – THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-life-becomes-art-welcome-to-parallax-af-in-london/

8 – CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIAS THROUGH NEW EYES

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/center-for-media-literacy-a-common-effort-to-see-media-through-new-eyes/

9 – THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/the-science-behind-the-law-of-attraction/

10 – “POP ART AVANT-GARDE”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/pop-art-avant-garde/

11 – FASHION DESIGN PREVIEW 2012: LIMITED EDITION OF 3 SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH TORN POSTERS IMAGES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/fashion-design-preview-2012-limited-edition-of-3-silk-scarves-created-with-torn-posters-images/

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

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/%e2%80%9cleco-di-bergamo%e2%80%9d-newspaper-dedicates-2-full-pages-to-roberto-alborghettis-%e2%80%9claceractions%e2%80%9d-art/

13 – DUE PAGINE DE “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” RACCONTANO LE “LACER/AZIONI” DI ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/due-pagine-de-leco-di-bergamo-raccontano-le-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti/

14 – STREET ART AND FASHION: HOW TO CREATE SILK TEXTILES FROM RIPPED ADS ON CITY WALLS

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/street-art-fashion-how-to-create-silk-textiles-from-ripped-ads-on-city-walls/

15 – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/

CAT-ASTROPHIC? CAT-ATONIC? NO, IT’S A FUNNY BOOK ABOUT 2 SIAMESE CATS ON A MISSION THROUGH THE VOCABULARY. YES, IT’S A CAT-ACLYSM!

 
Author and Psychologist Elizabeth Cygan brings to life a pair of adventurous cats to help expand children’s vocabulary in “A Tale of Two Tails: The Adventures of Ben and Bel”

 

 

Cat-astrophe and cat-atonic. Cat-aclysm and Cat-acomb. Cat-call and cat-apult… Welcome to the world of cat-words. Elizabeth Cygan ‘s recent book is so funny and incredible. It presents a collection of true tales about Benjamin and Annabel, her Siamese cats. The book – A Tale of Two Tails: the Adventures of Ben and Bel – gives a history of Siam and the siamese cat, using cat-words. The two playfully mischievous cats are on a mission to teach children some new words.

With each chapter, Ben and Bel find themselves encountering a different crazy adventure, and Cygan hopes readers will learn throughout the journey. Whether the cats deal with a catapult or a giant catastrophe, Cygan aims for the funny felines to help readers expand their vocabulary.

Intended for readers to get more than a vocabulary lesson, “A Tale of Two Tails” also aims to provide history lessons behind Siamese cats and Old Siam, where they originated. Ben and Bel soon begin to run the house, creating all kinds of lovable trouble.
“Since I have tested and advocated for special-needs students, I’ve seen the kind of material that works for children,” says Cygan. “Right now, there’s a surplus of books that have high interest, but with low vocabulary. This book will engage them and also supply them with a wider range of words to use daily.”
Besides her two cats at home, Cygan cites the 16 countries ahead of the United States in educational achievement as her inspiration behind “A Tale of Two Tails.”  

The author points to studies reflecting that many students and adults find difficulty in reading simple books and newspaper articles. Cygan hopes to offer readers an educational yet entertaining tale with Ben and Bel, but also seeks to provide a tool that will help work toward the reversal of the country’s illiteracy rate.

The book shows watercolors, ink and pen drawings and photos illustrating the tales. The premise is kids enjoy it when the cats run the household with their mad antics. Also kids learn best when they are engaged, having fun and don’t realize that they are learning. Illustrator: Randy LaSage; photos:Elizabeth Hill.

“A Tale of Two Tails: The Adventures of Ben and Bel” (ISBN 978-1439273937) is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH CYGAN

Elizabeth Cygan has been a counselor, psychologist and special education teacher. She writes about history, economic and educational articles. Elizabeth has undergraduate degrees in English, history and education, and graduate degrees in history, business and psychology. She has worked as a special-needs teacher and counselor in elementary schools, and writes a column in “The Sudbury Town Crier.” As literacy rates continue to plummet in the United States, Elizabeth Cygan aims to further educate school-aged children. Cygan lives in Massachusetts, is married and she has two sons and two grandchildren.

 

 

“MODA E TENDENZE” REVIEW WRITES ABOUT MY SILK SCARVES CREATED FROM TORN POSTERS IMAGES

  

MODA e TENDENZE” (“Fashion and Trends”) – review published by L’Eco di Bergamo newspaper – in December 2011 issue, out in these days, pays attention to Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer /actions” project, focusing on silk scarves made with images of torn posters and urban signs. “Fashion and Trends” – which is curated by Fabiana Tinaglia – writes: ” The torn, dirty and worn paper of ripped posters sticked on the walls of our cities is now also become a fashion accessory and, specifically, silk scarves… After to be transferred on canvas and lithographs, “Lacer / actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti are now silk textiles, thanks to collaboration of Bruno Boggia, the Italian textiles designer who has been working with the most famous fashion houses in the world, as Valentino, Chanel, Dior, YSL.”

“Lacer / actions” – “Moda e Tendenze” writes – is a project created by Roberto Alborghetti, professional journalist, author of essays and biographies, photographer. For years he has been “catching” around the world the details of the apparent chaos of torn posters on billboards or on city walls. So far he has collected approximately more than 30.000 images, taking on new forms of artistic expression now adopted by fashion. “

 

SU “MODA E TENDENZE”: LE SCIARPE DI SETA CREATE DA ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI CON LE IMMAGINI DELLA PUBBLICITA’ STRAPPATA

 “Moda e Tendenze”, magazine de “L’Eco di Bergamo”, nel numero di dicembre 2011, in questi giorni nelle edicole, dedica attenzione al progetto “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti, focalizzando l’interesse sulle sciarpe di seta realizzate con le immagini dei manifesti pubblicitari strappati. “Moda e Tendenze” – che è curato da Fabiana Tinaglia – così scrive tra l’altro:La carta sporca, strappata, lacerata ed usurata della pubblicità affissa sui muri delle nostre città è ora diventata anche accessorio moda e, nello specifico, sciarpe in seta… Dopo essere diventati tele e litografie, e pure videoclips, gli artworks “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti si sono trasformati anche in seta grazie alla collaborazione di Bruno Boggia che da oltre sessant’anni lavora con i tessuti e collabora con le maison più famose del mondo, da Valentino a Chanel, da Dior a Ysl. “Lacer/azioni” è un progetto di Roberto Alborghetti, giornalista professionista, autore di saggi e biografie, fotografo. Da anni ha l’hobby di “catturare” in giro per il mondo particolari e dettagli dell’apparente caos della carta lacerata delle affissioni. Finora ha raccolto circa 30 mila immagini che, trasferite su tela e su tessuto, riprodotte su litografia o scansionate in un videoclip, assumono nuove forme espressive. E di moda”.

 

“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.