“NINE ELEVEN 2001, NEW YORK” / REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

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Lacer/actions Artworks by Roberto Alborghetti.

In memory of 2.974 Victims&Martyrs.

In the 11th Anniversary of WTC massacre.

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Title of the work:

“Victims & Martyrs: The Blood’s Tracks # 2 – Nine Eleven 2001, New York”

Canvas + Mixed media, 2011, 46,5 x 70 cm

Silk scarf created in collaboration with textile designer Bruno Boggia

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NINE ELEVEN:  REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

From an article by dr. SRINI PILLAY, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, author of “The Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” , The Huffington Post columnist

Nine eleven did not just affect America.  It affected the world. Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan last spring when his eyes suddenly fell upon an image: red and black and described by him as either “hands, arms, fire tongues or hydrants,” he began to see the primal theme that this image represented.

Besides, it was a torn poster on a wall, and its urban origins were undeniable.  He looked on more closely, and as his mind wandered over several images, it landed on one that seemed to him most like what this was.  These, says Alborghetti, are: “..scenes in which the earth cries its fury to the sky, and the sky answers with its blood teardrops.”  Seeing the tragedy, he immediately made an association to one that had touched him very deeply: 9/11.  Knowing that he wanted to dedicate this one, of his poster images, to 9/11, he reproduced the image on canvas. He also approached the textiles designer Bruno Boggia who suggested that Alborghetti make a silk scarf with the image.  He did…  He plans to donate the scarf to a Fallen’s relative association.  Intrigued by this man’s penchant to represent this gruesome event as art, I probed more deeply to try to understand his psychology.  Was this just a random act on his part?  Did it actually mean anything to him?  And was there something that we in America could learn from this? “Art,” says Alborghetti, “is a reflection of reality.”  More precisely, he saw this piece of art as a scar that says that the world’s problems cannot be solved by violence and war– a memory of the horror of 9/11.  But was that thoughtful, or simply macabre?   “What was it in you that made you respond to this massive destruction with creation?” I asked, somewhat incredulously.  He answered that the poster seemed to depict both the tragedy and the possibility of a new life where earth (grey) and sky (red) meet each other to give origin to new colors, new days and new lives.   He was pointing to a certain resilience that we all have – to how in the face of massive destruction, you may break our buildings, but you cannot break our spirit.  He should know:  Alborghetti’s father was one of the few survivors of the terrible Kefalonia massacre (Greece, September 1943) where 8,000 young Italian young soldiers were killed by the Wehrmacht German army. He was injured, captured and segregated in a concentration camp. Alborghetti reflects: “An unutterable experience. And…slaughter!…I think that only his will to make peace with those awful years – talkin’ about them and… smilin’ too – has saved him, since then, from mind and body disease… “ In this time of remembering 9/11, psychological research and brain science support Alborghetti’s approach to representing tragedy in the beauty of art.  Visual beauty is registered in the brain in the medial OFC (orbitofrontal cortex) – a brain region known for its role in flexibility in thinking and reward (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/research/browse/show-publication?pub_id=324591&source_id=2)  Beauty resides here too.  It could stimulate the necessary flexibility in our thinking by encouraging us not to lose ourselves in remembering the tragedy but also seeing the beauty in our resilience as a nation as well as the possibilities for recovery.  Studies also show that the perception of beauty activates brain regions, which move us toward the beautiful image or away from it if we think it ugly. (http://jn.physiology.org/content/91/4/1699.full.pdf)  To a certain extent, this gels well with Alborghettis’s intention in the art. Also, art and beauty offer potential forms of healing for all of us. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15152417)  Visual art not only represents the unconscious of the artist (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11455363) but  also taps into our unconscious brains (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19230327) leading us to parts of ourselves that are often untouched by everyday discourse.  For this reason, it does allow for a special kind of healing. I asked him: “Is your message in your art to America or the entire world?  Why?” He responded that his art was for all who would accept it – that art is a universal language – and that this memory was for all people who care to ask themselves some questions and who will allow emotions and feelings to grow in them. When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.

SRINI PILLAY

THE HUFFINGTON POST

9/9/2011

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project about torn and decomposed publicity posters. Realistic images captured on the streets around the world are transferred on canvases, lithographs, textiles, glass, videoclips…

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PSYCHE & ART: THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / NEW CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY WORDS AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IMAGES

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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / Clip at Animoto

 

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A new clip to celebrate 10.000 views at Lacer-azioni YouTube channel. The video presents Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction” +  Roberto Alborghetti artpiece from his “Lacer/actions” Project (images of torn posters and urban signs).

 

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” Dr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

The artwork showed in the clip is: “Talkin’ to My Brain in Positive”, Canvas+Mixed media, 43×70 / Image location: Amsterdam, 2012 / Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions – Images Of Torn (publi)City. Soundtrack: Antonio Giraffe, by  Makrosoft. 

THE SCIENCE EXPLAINS THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: INTERVIEW WITH PSYCHIATRIST AND AUTHOR DR. SRINI PILLAY

INTERVIEW: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of AttractionDr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

Drawing on extensive experience as a clinician and an executive coach, the author walks us through the scientific basis of each of the seven scientific laws of attraction rooted in brain science. In addition, he then provides the solutions and invites the reader to complete exercises targeted to specific brain-processes that bring us closer to realizing our dreams.

I had the honor to interview Dr. Pillay. I contacted him via Internet. I sent him the questions. I never doubted about his reply (it often happens that the interviewers are afraid about that…) And I had the answers, in perfect syntony of the same “Law of attraction”… and my desire too. Telling about his book, Dr. Srini Pillay says : “I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.”

– Dr.Srini Pillay, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” is one of your recent books. Have you moved by a particular aim or reason to writin’it?

Throughout my life, my work has been about helping people deal with their suffering. So much of suffering came from unfulfilled desires, and when the law of attraction was expressed through books such as “The Secret”, I found that many people believed it, but were unable to manifest it. I recognized that the message that was out there may not have described how to use one’s brain to make the law of attraction work for people, and given my background, I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.

– Which is today the obstacle, or the problem, that prevents people to follow the “Law of Attraction”?

I think that there are several obstacles: firstly, people often feel like they just have to think about what they want and they will get it. But this does not happen. They have to think in a specific way and in ways that the brain can compute. For example, if you say: “I must remember not to spend too much money when I go out shopping”, under stress, the brain actually does not hear the “not” and will do the opposite of what you want. Tapping into the law of attraction takes a certain effort to “tune” your brain into the correct frequencies – it is a little like tuning your brain to the radio station of your desire so that it will come to you. Avoiding effort is a problem.

– Do you think that – in the “Law of Attraction” dynamics – the more we desire the more we get (the goals)?

I don’t think it is just about desire but more about how we interact with our desire. In fact constantly desiring often separates you from what you want and you never get it. For example, if you say: “I want money” or ‘I want a lover”, you are essentially telling the world (and your brain) that you are separate from what you want. However, if you say “I am rich”, you think like a rich person and become rich and if you say “I am a lover’ you behave like a lover so that a lover will join you. The clarity of our visualization does matter though, so in this sense, your desire needs to be well worked out so that your brain can map a path toward it.

– Which is the role of emotions in the “Law of Attraction”?

Emotions are critical in “the law of attraction.” They are essentially information that tells your brain how much you want or do not want something. Without them, your brain lacks the motivation to map out a path toward your goals.

– Have you a concrete suggestion/invite to try out, in a …few seconds, that this Law really works for everyone?

No. The difference between this book and what people often think is that the law of attraction only works with practice. Only for a few people who are already well practiced will it work in seconds. However, the book describes exercises that you can start to start making the law work for you. E.g. Talk to your brain in positives. Instead of saying what you will not do or want, say what you will do or want.

– Dr. Pillay, tell me one of the most important reasons why people should have to read this book.

I think that this book will provide the science behind the law of attraction. While it honors spirituality, it allows people to lean on the science for understanding. The main reason would be even one law that might inspire people to change their lives for the better.

– I love, in my artworks, to play and work with colors. For you, is there a color to identify “the Law of Attraction”? I mean: is there a favorite color to let this Law flows?

I think that we not know this answer scientifically. We do know things such as the fact that soccer teams who wear red jerseys are more likely to win their games, but in general, I think it is more about the match between the color and the person, as well as the task. Thus, I would say that the law flows most when the colors that you imagine or use authentically represent what is happening.

ABOUT SRINI PILLAY

www.srinipillay.com

http://www.neurobusinessgroup.com/

Srini Pillay, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After graduating as the top medical student, he was the top award winner at Harvard during his residency and one of the top three award winners during his psychiatry residency in the US. He then directed the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital-Harvard’s largest psychiatric hospital and also completed 17 years of nationally funded brain imaging research. His first book, “Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear” (Rodale, August 2010) was voted one of five finalists in “Books for a Better Life” in the motivational category. In addition, his next book: “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders” was peer-reviewed by Wharton Business School and is scheduled to be released in March of 2011. (FT Press, Kindle, November 2010).

Dr. Pillay is widely regarded as a motivational speaker who is able to explain the science behind seemingly non-rational phenomena. Among his many media appearances, he has been featured in The Boston Globe, Oprah radio (Dr. Laura Berman), Martha Stewart Whole Living, Cosmopolitan, Fox News and CNN. He has been invited to speak on “The Science Behind “The Law of Attraction” on Fox News, and will also be teaching a 6 week course on putting the science to work for you to achieve your lifelong dreams at the “University of Attraction.” He is able to apply this methodology to the business environment as well, and has been invited to speak on related topics in New York, California, Washington DC, Toronto, Switzerland, Greece and Singapore.

Business clients have included The World Bank, The MITRE Corporation, Novartis, Genzyme and McKinsey. Across the board, Dr. Pillay is known for bringing brain science to life in the simplest terms that he then translates into recommended action steps that you can take. Working with people in everyday life for most of his career, the unique contributions of Dr. Pillay that continue to spark interest all over the world are vividly demonstrated in “The Science Behind the Law of Attraction.”

SRINI PILLAY’S BOOKS

Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010)

Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2010/11)

The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)

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/

“LACER/ACTIONS AND LIFE”: AN “HEALING CLIP” WITH DR.SRINI PILLAY ‘S WORDS

The evocative and deep thoughts expressed by Dr.Srini Pillay about my art in his article at “The Huffington Post”, suggested me to create a videoclip-fragment. So, here it is: thirty seconds of words, music and one of my “lacer/actions” psycho-artworks; I selected “In amniotic fluid” (canvas, 57×87, 2010). The soundtrack is the beautiful Chopin’s “Nocturne n.2” .

It’s a sort of flash of some good thoughts about art and healing from Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, “Huffpo” columnist and author (“The Life Unlocked”, “The Brain and Business”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

These are the phrases from which I chose the videoclip words”Art is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.”

 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/lacer-actions-and-life-srini-pillay-s-words-5546158

ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/tuhJDFO8jtDmYFPK8d6E9g

FACEBOOK LINK

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=209922685736923&saved

LINK TO “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ARTICLE BY SRINI PILLAY

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

 

“L’ECO DI BERGAMO” NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON “9/11 ARTWORK” AND ABOUT SRINI PILLAY ‘S ARTICLE ON “HUFFPO”

Italian newspaper “L’Eco di Bergamo” reports about Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions. The attention is focused on “9/11 artwork” – dedicated to the Fallen in the WTC massacre – and on the article that has been posted at “The Huffington Post” by Srini Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, executive couch and author of “Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind The Law of Attraction”.

 FROM “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” ( Italian version)

The Huffington Post, il prestigioso blog americano per il quale ha scritto anche il presidente Obama, dedica un articolo al bergamasco Roberto Alborghetti , per il suo lavoro artistico dedicato all’11 settembre, che il prossimo ottobre sarà esposto a Londra alla Parallax Art fair alla Royal Opera Arcade.

 Chi gli dedica un lungo articolo è Srinivasan Pillay, psichiatra, docente ad Harvard ed esperto di brain imaging che si è dedicato allo studio delle conseguenze dei traumi post attacchi terroristici. Alborghetti, poliedrico operatore mediatico e organizzatore culturale, un paio d’anni fa ha cominciato a fotografare per hobby gli strappi sovrapposti dei manifesti urbani, ricavandone immagini astratte di notevole suggestione con le quali ha composto gallerie virtuali.

 I suoi lavori hanno attirato l’attenzione di molti frequentatori di internet, fra i quali Pillay che ha contatttato Alborghetti via email per conoscere meglio, racconta il luminare nel suo blog sull’Huffington Post, l’autore e le motivazioni del suo lavoro. In particolare Pillay è rimasto colpito dal lavoro dedicato all’11 settembre, uno scatto realizzato in via Giambattista Vico a Milano, un resto di manifesto elettorale dai colori cupi che ricordano braccia, fiamme e idranti.

 L’opera, fra l’altro è stata trasposta su tela e anche su seta, in collaborazione con Bruno Boggia, artista serico e consulente di griffe internazionali. Anche la sciarpa sarà esposta a Londra e donata per beneficienza all’Associazione dei familiari delle vittime dell’11 settembre.

 Pillay ha scoperto i lavori di Roberto riuniti sotto il nome collettivo di “Lacer/azioni” navigando durante le ore di attesa in aeroporto. Ne è nato un colloquio a distanza che è diventato occasione per una riflessione sul ruolo dell’arte e della bellezza come reazione al male e al dolore e che ha ispirato l’articolo «9/11. Remembering a tragedy through art», 9/11. Ricordare una tragedia attraverso l’arte.

 Ecco il link dell’articolo:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

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“9/11,REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART”: DR.SRINI PILLAY WRITES ON “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORK

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Roberto Alborghetti, “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, Abstract Photo on Canvas, Lacer/actions Project

Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, clinician and executive coach – wrote an interesting article on the popular  “The Huffington Post” about my artwork dedicated to 9/11. Here’s the link:       

“The Huffington Post” – la testata di news piu’ cliccata del mondo (ha superato perfino il “New York Times”) – pubblica un approfondito articolo sul mio artwork “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, dedicato al ricordo dei quasi 3.000 caduti nell’attacco terroristico dell’11 settembre 2001. L’articolo è scritto dal Dr. Srini Pillay, uno dei piu’ noti ed autorevoli psichiatri americani, docente clinico ad Harvard, ricercatore, executive couch, speaker motivazionale, autore di best sellers sul rapporto tra cervello e comportamento umano e appunto columnist del celebre “Huffpo”.

Srini Pillay ha visto su web i miei artworks “Lacer/azioni” e ne è rimasto molto colpito, soprattutto dall’immagine che ho dedicato alla strage del WTC. Qui sotto il link all’articolo dell’Huffington Post.

La tela Nine Eleven sarà esposta a Londra a metà ottobre nell’ambito della prestigiosa “Parallax AF”, presso “La Galleria”, alla Royal Opera Arcade, sul centralissimo Pall Mall.

 The Huffington Post – Dr.Srini Pillay

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html