“IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI”: ITALIAN FLAVOUR IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD (UK)

 

Guest Writer:  Inna Schutts, ACT Intern

Photos: Inna Schutts

I met Roberto on June 5, 2019 at Trattoria L’Oliva, a tiny Italian corner in the heart of Beeston. It was supposed to be a day full of pre planned interviews and meetings culminating with a long anticipated showcase of Roberto’s Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project in the evening.

Maybe it’s the Italian attitude that made the day so easygoing or maybe it’s just Roberto himself who happened to have very laid back and cheerful personality. Whatever it was, the interview with local Ey Up Notts TV station was very relaxed, the meetings were more like friendly chats and the evening was like a meet up with old friends.

After Trattoria L’Oliva the plan was to visit Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham but Roberto had another priority – he wanted to visit the most famous statue in Nottingham, that of Robin Hood.  So he went to pay his annual visit to the legendary hero of the area.   After revisiting Robin Hood and a short tram ride to University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Roberto had a chance to meet with Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts & Special Collections and ask questions about the Weston Gallery’s current exhibition “Facts & Fantasies – Culture & Heritage of the Romantic Age c.1780-1840”.

Later in the evening the ACT team gathered for the last show preparations at The Garage / Gallery at Bartons.  Guests started arriving soon after.  Roberto was greeting people, many of whom he knew from previous visits to Beeston. The evening was a happy occasion for a reunion of what looked like, good friends.

And at 7pm the “In Conversation with… Roberto Alborghetti” began. It was an engaging interview lead by host presenter William Ranieri. The talk covered many areas of Roberto’s past and current work, his vision and inspiration, his love of food and life itself.  Many guests had questions regarding his books about Pope Frances and, unknown to many, facts of the Pope’s daily life.

Two hours flew by rather quickly but the audience was treated to Roberto’s Ghost Bus short film and still had a chance to talk to each other and Roberto afterwards. An ordinary Wednesday in a small British town of Beeston was full of Italian flavour everyone enjoyed.

Advertisements

THE “GHOST BUS PROJECT” IN GIF: COLORS FROM A VINTAGE VEHICLE (NOTTINGHAM, UK)

theghostbusgif

Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?“… The few pictures you see in this gif are not paintings, but simply photos I took in Beeston, Nottingham (UK) around an old bus at the garage of Bartons family. They are part of “The Ghost Bus Project” that I have brought forward in collaboration with Bartons Plc and its owner Simon Barton, ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and its founder Marysia Zipser. It all started in October 2014 when Marysia Zipser took me to  Bartons huge garage of vintage buses and cars.

 I was really impressed by one of the oldest buses,  the so called “The Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: it’s a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton told me that a vehicle-sister of the   “ghost bus” was documented in 1959 on a wonderful and unmissable film telling a beautiful journey through Italy by a group of English ladies and gentlemen. It was another great reason to establish a collaboration building a bridge  between the Land of Robin Hood and Italy…

So, I began to work and create on the “ghost bus” for my “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials. The project consisted of two short movies for public performances and video shows, a cards series (reproducing 16 artworks selected from the 109 ones that has been created) and special events that took place in Beston, Chilwell, Nottingham and in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Siena).

Infos, galleries and flyers at:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/

 

WONDERFUL NIGHT IN BEESTON NOTTINGHAM (UK) FOR THE PREMIÈRE OF “LAND ROVER MAPPING” SHORT FILM

Rust and Dust: The Secret Life of a Land Rover

Guest Writer: CHRISTOPHER FROST, Journalist and Photographer

Photos: CHRISTOPHER FROST, GAIL-SPALDING FROST, CARON-JANE LYON, LAMAR FRANCOIS

A little bit of Italy came to Beeston tonight in the form of author and artist Roberto Alborghetti, who was in town for the world premiere of his latest mini movie called ‘Land Rover Mapping’. And like his last film ‘The Ghost Bus’, it features one of Barton’s vintage vehicles.

It was screened at the Chilwell Arts Centre, in front of an appreciative audience, including the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Mayor of Broxtowe and the Bishop of Nottingham. Also in attendance was celebrity butcher Johnny Pusztai, and several members of the Barton family. The event had been organised by Marysia Zipser of Beeston’s ACT (Art, Culture, Tourism) organisation.

Six short films were screened altogether, including the original Ghost Bus film, which had also received its world premiere in Beeston during February 2015 at the former Barton’s bus depot. This event also included seeing the actual bus itself, which had been illuminated in a spooky fashion to extol its ghostlike appearance, as it had lain rotting away in a farmer’s field in Suffolk for some 20+ years.

‘Land Rover Mapping’ is a 14-minute film, which continues the theme of macro photography; showing up the rust, scratches and imperfections of the vehicle that was built in 1955 and has been owned by the Barton family for at least forty years.

Roberto is just on a flying visit to Beeston, as he returns to Italy on Saturday, to continue with the launch of his latest book about Pope Francis.

LAND ROVER MAPPING – MESSAGE #3: “MAPS CODIFY…”

The Ghost Bus is back to the Land of Robin Hood! One of the main event will be at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on Friday 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, with the world premiere of “Land Rover Mapping” short film by Roberto Alborghetti, ACT Group and Bartons PLC.  So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover!

This is timed schedule list in order of sequence of the great Video Show at Chilwell Arts Theatre in Beeston, Nottingham, UK, on March 9, 2018: The original “The Ghost Bus”, Short Film by Roberto Alborghetti created with pictures of the old Bus at Barton Garage; The Ghost Bus Seaside Town, Video by Roberto Alborghetti / Music by Barton Family; Colours of Nottingham Streets: “Can I Think of Love?”,  Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with image created along Nottingham streets;  Beeston Rylands short film by Canalside; “Soon”, Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with Beeston images; Land Rover Mapping Film, World Premiere of the Short Film made at Barton Garage. Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

PRESS RELEASE: CLICK AND DOWNLOAD 

MARCH OF EVENTS Press Release

*

CLICK AND BOOK YOUR SEAT!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghost-bus-roads-land-rover-mapping-screening-tickets-42715985663?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing

 

 

 

LAND ROVER MAPPING – MESSAGE # 2: “SOMEWHERE THERE IS A MAP…”

The Ghost Bus is back to the Land of Robin Hood! One of the main event will be at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on Friday 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, with the world premiere of “Land Rover Mapping” short film by Roberto Alborghetti, ACT Group and Bartons PLC.  So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover!

This is timed schedule list in order of sequence of the great Video Show at Chilwell Arts Theatre in Beeston, Nottingham, UK, on March 9, 2018: The original “The Ghost Bus”, Short Film by Roberto Alborghetti created with pictures of the old Bus at Barton Garage; The Ghost Bus Seaside Town, Video by Roberto Alborghetti / Music by Barton Family; Colours of Nottingham Streets: “Can I Think of Love?”,  Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with image created along Nottingham streets;  Beeston Rylands short film by Canalside; “Soon”, Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with Beeston images; Land Rover Mapping Film, World Premiere of the Short Film made at Barton Garage. Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

PRESS RELEASE: CLICK AND DOWNLOAD 

MARCH OF EVENTS Press Release

*

CLICK AND BOOK YOUR SEAT!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghost-bus-roads-land-rover-mapping-screening-tickets-42715985663?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing

 

A NEW EPIC VOYAGE IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD: THE PRESS RELEASE OF THE EVENTS

LAND ROVER MAPPING flyer PREMIERE

The Ghost Bus is back to the Land of Robin Hood! ACT Group and Marysia Zipser planned a great March of events with a special tribute to Italy. Read the official program in the latest press release attached below. One of the main event will be at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on Friday 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, with the world premiere of “Land Rover Mapping” short film by Roberto Alborghetti, ACT Group and Bartons PLC.  So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover!

This is timed schedule list in order of sequence of the great Video Show at Chilwell Arts Theatre in Beeston, Nottingham, UK, on March 9, 2018: The original “The Ghost Bus”, Short Film by Roberto Alborghetti created with pictures of the old Bus at Barton Garage; The Ghost Bus Seaside Town, Video by Roberto Alborghetti / Music by Barton Family; Colours of Nottingham Streets: “Can I Think of Love?”,  Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with image created along Nottingham streets;  Beeston Rylands short film by Canalside; “Soon”, Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with Beeston images; Land Rover Mapping Film, World Premiere of the Short Film made at Barton Garage. Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

PRESS RELEASE: CLICK AND DOWNLOAD 

MARCH OF EVENTS Press Release

*

CLICK AND BOOK YOUR SEAT!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghost-bus-roads-land-rover-mapping-screening-tickets-42715985663?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing

LAND ROVER MAPPING: MESSAGE # 1, “TRUE NAVIGATION BEGINS…”

The Ghost Bus is travelling to the Land of Robin Hood and to Beeston again. Showing at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on FRIDAY 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. I would like to cordially invite you to join ACT’s Marysia Zipser and esteemed guests to salute a rusty old Land Rover discovered at Bartons’ Garage, in Chilwell, Beeston (Nottingham, UK). So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover.

Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

TICKETING IS NOW LIVE: BOOK YOUR SEAT!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghost-bus-roads-land-rover-mapping-screening-tickets-42715985663?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing