THE VIDEO: THE MAGIC OF SCRATCHES ON “CENTRAL WASTE” IN BEESTON-NOTTINGHAM, UK

In Beeston, on the road to Nottingham (UK) you may have the surprise of running into a kind of art installation … Scratches, drawings, traces and lines come to life on the surface of a large yellow waste container (Central Waste). Yes, pure street art, or better: natural art on the street…#realstreetart #naturalstreetart. In the video: some of the many photographs I took around this large “pool” that carries with it the signs of time and human work. The pictures are just natural, random and not manipulated images of the amazing imperfection of the real world we see around us. They are part of “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of torn and decomposed outdoor advertisings, natural cracks, scratches and urban/industrial tokens. Soundtrack: “The Rain” by Silent Partner.

The previous posts about “Central Waste” container in Beeston gained lot of views and impressions also in my Twitter profile.

 

 

“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.

NOTTINGHAM, THE CITY OF ROBIN HOOD WHERE THE RED BRICKS MAKE UP A SYMPHONY OF COLORS…

 © Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti

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Nottingham is the City of Robin Hood, of the Laces and… of the Red Bricks. Wandering and strolling along its streets is like jumping in a wonderful palette, where red is everywhere, as my photos are showing and tellin’ in this post. Palaces, buildings and walls make up an extraordinary symphony of colors where red dominates and invades your senses and your ability to perceive. In fact, red is also the main colour of the same Ghost Bus Project. born and developed in the Land of Robin Hood…

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

 

 

Nottingham has been named in The Guardian’s list of the top places to go on holiday in 2016. The city was picked out due to the recent announcement that it was to be a Unesco City of Literature, joining only 11 other places worldwide to be given the accolade. Nottingham was named alongside places such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Lima in Peru, Le Marche and Chianti (Tuscany) in Italy,  Myanmar…

A report on The Guardian website reads: “The city (and county) has links with DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Alan Sillitoe, as well as 1974 Booker Prize winner Stanley Middleton and playwright and TV screenwriter William Ivory. Festival of Words is in October, and the city will continue to promote its “Rebel Writers” in an Arts Council-funded project, Dawn of the Unread and new writers via Nottingham Writers’ Studio.”

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jan/01/2016-holiday-guide-where-to-go