NOTTINGHAM (UK): BUILDING BRIDGES (AND POSITIVE REBELLION) AROUND AN OLD BUS

 

Guest Writer: DAWN LINDSON, Act Intern

Photos: Tracey Whitefoot, Inna Schutts, William Ranieri

After a busy day leaving behind a sunny cultural island that has plenty of natural beauty and so much Art to explore…  In case you hadn’t guessed, the place I was describing is Majorca!  I was pleased to arrive home in time to catch Roberto Alborghetti’s Ghost Bus 2019 performance live at the Bartons Garage.  I had heard so much about him through ACT and how he has a special interest in Beeston so I was very curious to learn more.

He spoke of how he sees colours, I found this fascinating and it prompted questions from the audience.  He said “Colours are our energy…..our life!” A comment I couldn’t agree more with, especially since I have a craze for colourful things.  I guess we all see colours differently and his perspective was quite unique.  Roberto loves the colour red and when he first came to Nottingham he saw that in the bricks, which for him are a symbol of structure and history of our city. This became the inspiration for his first production called “Colours of Nottingham.”  He collaborated with singer Jeanie Barton (who I met at my first ACT event) to create visual and musical films which will be on her new CD album called “Moments of Clarity”.

However the things that I found struck a chord with me most were listening to him discuss some of the 6 books he had recently published.  One of them “Dining with Pope Francis” covers his passion of food for survival and how we are what we eat.  As a world we waste so many consumer goods which is totally unnecessary and is having negative effects on our world.  Roberto described how he believes food waste is the biggest problem in our world today and said Italy wastes 40 billion euros of food each year.

He also aims to have a positive influence on school children with his “Social or Dis-Social?” guide.  He rightly acknowledges that the use of digital technology is a great source of education when used appropriately.  However, 90% of children are using it inappropriately by spending too much time chatting online and playing violent video games.

He has concerns that children as young as 6 are losing as much as 4 hours a day on their smartphones, this also increases to 6 hours for teenagers.  Not only is this causing negative social effects but they are being affected by blue light.  He is concerned that some people are allowing the digital world to destroy their lives and recognises the importance of a sensible approach to using the internet.  The important message he wants to get across to school children, is to use their smartphone to better themselves and create a better world for everyone to live in.

It was interesting listening to him having a discussion with the presenter William Ranieri live on stage and I also enjoyed watching the videos which were displayed on the large screen.  He has a very imaginative approach to taking photographs, which would inspire photographers all around the world.  However, he is not just a great Artist but also a great influencer on important sociological issues the world is facing.  He finished the evening by answering questions from the audience.  I will look out for his next event in Beeston and perhaps next time I will be able to meet him in person.

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Guest Writer: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Founder of ACT Group

Last week Beeston welcomed the annual return of ACT special guest Roberto Alborghetti from Italy who is the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award winning environmental journalist.

During a 4 day organised program, a publicised event took place at The Garage / Gallery events venue at Bartons Chilwell on Wednesday 5th June – ‘The Ghost Bus 2019 – In Conversation with…Roberto Alborghetti’.  It was a fascinating and engaging evening hosted by native Italian journalist and Director-Producer, William Ranieri from TheLatestTV in Brighton.

As a visual artist Roberto had already started, nearly 20 years ago, a project called “Laser/Actions” focusing on images of natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials.

Roberto explained about how, while touring the classic vehicles at Bartons during his first 2014 visit, he chanced upon the Ghost Bus, a 1956 URR 865 Reliance, which had spent 20 years slumbering in an open Suffolk field. He started to take macro photographs of what he ‘saw’ in the old vehicle – Lands, Horizons, Seas, Skies.

He left inspired to make a short film about the Ghost Bus which was premiered at Bartons March 2015 when the old bus was stage illuminated. In October that year, the film was shown in Piancastagnaio Tuscany during a week long ACT tour by eight Beeston friends. His Ghost Bus images have since spawned designs for fashion like The Volcano Dress, textiles and wine labelling.

The Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project is now touring.

Since 2016 Roberto has been collaborating with Beeston singer/songwriter Jeanie Barton to create visual and musical films including Colours of Nottingham Streets to “Can I Think of Love?” and Images of Beeston to “Soon”, featured on Jeanie’s newly launched CD album ‘Moments of Clarity’.

He talked about Pope Francis and latest best seller “Dining with Pope Francis” translated into 15 languages, food and food waste and his guide books for children – the ‘Social or Dis-Social’ boom and one about the use of smartphones and cyberbullying.  When asked about what Robin Hood means to him today, Roberto answered “…positive rebellion and courage.”

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown said, “I was pleased to be invited to this event and was fascinated by the excellent work.  It’s delightful to see the creative community bringing events like this to our Borough.”

The whole conversation with film/music clips and stills was LIVE streamed and can be seen via https://www.facebook.com/artculturetourism/

For further information about Roberto Alborghetti and The Ghost Bus events please see www.artculturetourism.co.uk Email:  events@artculturetourism.co.uk .

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COLORS & SCRATCHES ALONG NOTTINGHAM AND BEESTON STREETS (UK) #1

© Roberto Alborghetti

The pictures featured in this photo-gallery aren’t paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolors or digital works), but just natural, random and not manipulated macro photos of the amazing imperfection of the real world we CAN see around us. I saw these scratches and decomposed matters along Beeston and Nottingham streets (UK) – the Land of Robin Hood – during my last visit, in March. Yes, where The Ghost Bus and the Land Rover Mapping projects have been made… 

Interested in purchasing these images in exclusive and original copies? Please contact: ro.alb@alice.it ; funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of torn and decomposed outdoor advertisings, natural cracks, scratches and urban/industrial tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this photo-gallery showing some works from the collection of about 110.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

A Roberto Alborghetti Solo Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) and in the Romanesque Temple on Lake Como (Lenno). In Nottingham he developed 2 projects (The Ghost Bus, The Land Rover Mapping) with Bartons Plc and ACT Group founded by Marysia Zipser.

WELCOME TO NOTTINGHAM (UK) FOR A NEW AND EPIC VOYAGE IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD!

Nottingham Post March 9, 18

The Ghost Bus is on the road again in the Land of Robin Hood! Journalist Christopher Frost wrote this article on “The Beestonian” magazine: “Film is on the agenda at Chilwell Arts Theatre, when Italian artist and journalist Roberto Alborghetti unveils his latest film ‘Land Rover Mapping’, which is based around an old Land Rover that is stored at the former Barton’s bus depot. Roberto is no stranger to Beeston, as in March 2015 the ‘Ghost Bus’ experience was launched through Marysia Zipser’s ACT (Art, Culture, Tourism) organisation. This featured close up photographs of an old rusty and dilapidated Bartons bus from the 1950s, which had been dragged out of a field, where it had lain for many years. The Ghost Bus theme has since taken on a life of itself, having been turned into a dress by designer Yarden Mitrani and launched in Piancastagnaio in Tuscany in October 2015. Marysia has recently been busy inviting artists and photographers to Beeston to enjoy a cultural experience. Digital artist Joe Ganech makes a welcome return from his home in Brussels… Dublin based photographer Theresa Moynes will be appearing again, and flying in from Tennessee is graphic artist Kimberley Pelkey, who specialises in creating colourful animals. Local artists will also be featured at Marysia’s studio at the Hive on Union Street, with a photo exhibition that has an Italian flavour, to tie in with Roberto’s visit and other artwork by local artists… If you fancy coming to the screening of the Land Rover film, then tickets cost £5 and are available on the door”.

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?

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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?

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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?

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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

A GREAT SONG BY JAZZ SINGER JEANIE BARTON GOES WITH MY ABSTRACT WORKS CAUGHT “LIVE” IN NOTTINGHAM STREETS

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A great song by jazz singer and composer Jeanie Barton pushed me to create this videoclip displaying 38 abstract photos I took in March visiting Nottingham City (East Midlands, United Kingdom); I already posted an article about this images series: https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-nottingham-you-didnt-expect-modern-art-under-the-sky-and-along-the-streets-2/

Jeanie Barton lives in Nottingham (please, read some few lines of her biography I reported below).  She was impressed by this idea and let me free to create… I’m so proud about this clip which mixes and matches Jeanie’s wonderful voice and music with my visual works ( they aren’t paintings or digitally made compositions, but abstract pics from reality taken along Nottingham streets). So, let you capture by this great bluesy song, so tenderly sung by Jeanie.

Infos about the videoclip: “Can I think of love?” (Colors Of Nottigham Streets) :  Words, music and vocals by Jeanie Barton, keyboards by Steve Rose, guitars by Chris Berry, percussion and production by Paul Morgan. Created by Roberto Alborghetti

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JEANIE. GREAT VOICE AND GREAT REVIEWS

“Jeanie’s vocals are a touch of class with a sound that is both stylish and personal and characterized by a refreshingly English delivery…” John O’Neill, former jazz critic of The Sunday Times

“Jeanie is a joyous performer with an effortless style…” Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager, Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

“Jeanie’s infectious smile, great diction and rapport with her audience make it a joy and a real pleasure to listen her” Chris Moore, BBC Radio ‘Jazz Incorporated’

“Absolutely spot-on” LondonJazz News

“The hot chick had mellow tones….” Richard Roundtree (Shaft)

 

ABOUT JEANIE BARTON

Jeanie Barton is a jazz singer and songwriter from Nottingham in England.   After training with the National Youth Music Theatre she studied jazz harmony at Morley College in London and improvisation with BBC Jazz award winner Anita Wardell, she also cut her teeth as singer and compere for bebop pioneer Laurie Morgan and his trio (fronting their famous North London weekly gig, Downstairs at The King’s Head in Crouch End for over a decade).

Jeanie has gone on to support Georgie Fame, sing backing vocals for Luddy Samms (The Drifters) and recently performed for Samuel L Jackson as well as other A list celebrities, singing Bond songs in front of British Icons like Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan.  Credits include performances at The Jazz Cafe, The 606 club, Ronnie Scott’s and The National Theatre, as well as a cruise on the Seine in Paris.

www.jeaniebarton.com

http://jazzandcocktails.co.uk/

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ABOUT MY LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens (during my research around the world  I  collected so far about 75.000 images). Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition.

One of my shows was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last two years I worked on these projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). My works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

My recent “The Ghost Bus” project was carried out with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015) with a great short films premiere on March 27, at Bartons Plc, Chilwell-Nottingham. My next solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2015”) is sheduled on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, on  July3-4-5, 2015, in a special and spectacular location: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art.

 

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