CELEBRATING “THE GHOST BUS” IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD. MARCH 9-11, 2017 IN BEESTON-NOTTINGHAM

“The Ghost Bus” is back… The amazing visual story about the “old and rusty bus”owned by Barton family is on the road again… We will celebrate the “visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood” next March, from 9 to 11, in Beeston-Nottingham… Read the draft programme presented by Marysia Zipser founder of ACT – Art Culture Tourism:

The Ghost Bus is back. The draft programma by ACT Group. March 9-11, 2017

The Ghost Bus is back. The draft programme by ACT Group. March 9-11, 2017

 

THE GHOST BUS TRAVELS TO “SEASIDE TOWN”: THE WEB PREMIERE OF THE SHORT FILM #2

I’m so glad today to make public this video, “Seaside Town”, from “The Ghost Bus” project, with the participation of Bartons Plc and Act Group. It’s one of the two short films I created  after my visit at Bartons Plc, in the former bus depot in High Rd, Chilwell-Beeston, in Nottingham (UK). I was deeply impressed by one of the oldest buses,  the so called “Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton me that a vehicle-sister of the bus was documented in 1959 on a wonderful  film of a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959. The film is  in glorious Kodachrome colour made by professional film maker Bill Freeman.

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I was stricken by the story of Bartons Buses. They were the first bus company to have continental holidays by coach and also they had heaters on their pre-war Leylands. And Bartons was the first company to provide their drivers and conductors with a uniform fit for them to go to church in… As “The Nottingham Post” stated: “ There’s only one Turbine Hall, and it’s in Tate Modern in London. But if Nottingham has an equivalent then it would have to be the former Bartons bus depot in Chilwell, where a history of labour and bare concrete and metal provide an appropriate backdrop for sprawling exhibitions such as Carnival of Monsters”.

So I began to create, processing and selectin’ hundreds of pictures I took that day (October 2014) around the old bus… Trasforming and turning pictures of ripped and decomposed publicity posters (on outdoor billboards), natural and random cracks and scratches, industrial crevices and deteriorations into “art subjects”. This is the aim (and the challenge) of my research-action (named “Lacer/actions”) which investigates, analizes and exploits the in-credible dimension of decomposition, decay, degradation and mutation of outdoor advertisings, urban structures and industrial materials, as The Ghost Bus.

 

My whole concept is “making art” from industrial deconstructionism, caught on camera, on macro scale. My shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, letting the picture tell the story.  I catch and document the reality.  And I don’t change what I see.  There’s nothing contrived, or worked in… I love showing what I see. I always catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while I’m shooting the pictures. Yes, I know that many people spend hours trying to create  in Photoshop, preferring to manipulate images to their preconceived ideas.  They construct what the viewer sees, whereas I prefer to allow the viewer to construct their own conclusions about the pictures.

THE TWO SHORT FILMS

 

For the first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, I choose a powerful and stately soundtrack composed and performed by Audiomachine. The flow of images are grouped into four themes (Maps, Lands, Horizons and Skies), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway.

The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled “Seaside Town”. It is set to a soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton, who have participated with great enthusiasm in the project. Their soundtrack is emotive and highlights the human history of this vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles the bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many people.

For these short films I worked on details and particulars. Few centimeters of rusty iron surface reveal palettes of landscapes, dawns and sunsets. Or – as I’d like to say – the revolt of the skies… I think that every image may be considered a sort of a singular visual artwork.  That’s the reason why, for the “Seaside Town” film, I choose to show them in frames, while splashes of watercolors dot the background of the pics, creating a colorful kaleidoscope effect.

We made “The Ghost Bus” experience not for a commercial purpose. We did it for the joy to create, to tell and to share, building bridges of collaboration and friendship between people, Countries and the world wide web. Since the moment we started to put on line some pics, flyers, cards series and video trailers, lot of people across the world have been expressing, thinking and commenting on the Ghost Bus project. This is the power of visual and musical arts. This is the wonder of a family history, the Bartons. This is the beauty of what human beings can do through creativity and mutual cooperation.

My warmest thanks to those who made possible these dream and project: Simon Barton and his family, Richard, James and Tom, Fiona barton, Jeanie Barton, Marysia Zipser, founder of Act Group, to fellow bloggers and journalists who supported the two films premieres we had in Chilwell (March 2015) end on Mount Amiata (Piancastagnaio, Siena) in Tuscany (October 2015).  As I quoted in the Ghost Bus short film, “the road never ends…”

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 

 

 

DECEMBER 15: THE WORLD PREMIERE ON WEB OF “THE GHOST BUS/SEASIDE TOWN” SHORT FILM

Trailer about the smashing short film #2 “The Ghost Bus / Seaside Town”, from “The Ghost Bus” project presented by Bartons PLC, Act Group and Roberto Alborghetti. A special World Premiere on line on December 15, 2016. Soundtrack of the “Seaside Town” shortfilm composed, arranged and performed by James,Richard, Simon and Tom Barton. Save the date! A great visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood.

About “The Ghost Bus” project:

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

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THE GHOST BUS: A PHOTO FROM THE PREMIERE (MARCH 27, 2015, NOTTINGHAM, UK) IS “PHOTO OF THE YEAR”

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Yes, the road never ends for THE GHOST BUS PROJECT by Roberto Alborghetti, Marysia Zipser, Act Group, Simon Barton and Bartons Plc. The photo by Christopher Frost about the event of last MARCH 27, 2015 (premiere of the two short films) is PHOTO OF THE YEAR! Congratulations to friend and fellow journalist Christopher Frost for this great achievement which is also a great new for The GHOST BUS PROJECT and for the Team who worked hard to develop it.
Read Christopher Frost article on:
http://beestonblog.blogspot.it/2016/01/photo-of-year.html

BY CHRISTOPHER FROST

The City Daily Photo theme for January is ‘your best photo of the year’. So for my entry I’m going with this one that I took on 27th March.

It’s probably not the best photo that I’ve taken during 2015, but it’s one that has the most relevance for me for a number of reasons.

This is Barton’s ‘Ghost Bus’. An old rusted and decayed coach that was built in the 1950s and has spent the last 20 odd years in a farmers field. Only to be rescued and brought back to their garage in Chilwell.

I saw an advert for an event at Barton’s that was featuring the bus, so I went along, as I had seen it before. But in the daytime, and wondered what it would look like in the dark. The event included a screening of a short film that had been created by Italian visual artist Roberto Alborghetti, and based on close up photos that Roberto had taken of the Ghost Bus.

After the show, I got to interview Roberto for the Beestonian magazine that I write for. In fact someone else was meant to be covering the event, but couldn’t make it, so I did it instead. Serendipity I think they call it. Roberto was pleased with the article and I have been his friend ever since. I also made friends with Marysia, the organiser of the event.

To cut a long story short, this friendship resulted in Gail & I going to Tuscany in October with Marysia, her son and four other travelling companions. Besides seeing different parts of Italy, one of the aims was to get Tuscany twinned with Beeston. To help this along we met two mayors and Marysia presented them with a ‘Beeston goody bag’ which contained a copy of the Beestonian, a locally produced lace shawl, some postcard and a scale model of the Ghost Bus itself.

I’m not sure if any progress has been made with the twinning, but Gail and I both agree that we loved seeing Tuscany and plan to make many more visits to Italy.

THE NOTTINGHAM YOU DIDN’T EXPECT… MODERN ART UNDER THE SKY AND ALONG THE STREETS

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During my recent stay in East Midlands for The Ghost Bus short films premiere (March 27, 2015, Bartons Plc, Chilwell) I had the opportunity to have a look around in the very heart of Nottingham trying to catch some images of torn and decomposed posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens (yes, I can’t resist!).

Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and promoter of the short films premiere together with Simon Barton, kindly led me through squares, streets and places from King Street to Old Market Square, from Castle Road to St.Mary’s Gate… And so, while a really beautiful city flowered before  my eyes, with its history and monuments, I also took lot of images for my “Lacer/actions” project.

Nottingham offered me so many “signs” layered on its walls, doors and gates. As an open air gallery, the city of Robin Hood and the incredible red bricks, revealed itself also through absolutely random cracks and scratches. In every street I walked along I noticed particulars and details linked by a common “language and style”.

Along King Street I captured blue oriented images. Near the ancient “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” I took pics of grey cracks. In Broad Street some ripped posters presented details in which I had no difficulties to see pop-art elements. And again, I caught black and white images in Hounds Gate, red and blue ones in Low Pavement. Along Goose Gate, outside an alley way, I saw (and impressed on my camera) images that mixed up ripped papers, glue castings, spontaneous drawings left by some anonymous hands.

Yes, in Nottingham, I found in decomposed matters a lot of styles and art streams: from modernism to cubism, from abstractionism to post-modernism, from vorticism to impressionism… Yes, so lot of “ism”, but I prefer to call all those random and natural images with my favourite term: “Lacer/actionism”… Also Nottingham is really an “open air” art museum that you may visit every day, without paying an entrance ticket. It’s enough to walk along the streets, open your eyes wide and let your perceptions flow.

P.S. I thank Marysia Zipser so much for her kindness… Yes, several times I got lost along the tour while shooting photos, but she had always the patience to wait for me…

“THE BEESTONIAN” MAGAZINE “REVEALS” THE GHOST BUS… A GREAT PAGE BY CHRISTOPHER FROST

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It’s out in UK the new issue of “The Beestonian” magazine with a great page about “The Ghost Bus” project I’ve created with Bartons Plc and Act Group. Journalist and photographer Christopher Frost reports about the short films in Chilwell-Nottingham, at Bartons Plc. It’s a wonderful story about this artistic and human experience made and developed around an old and rusty vehicle… Thank you so much Christopher Frost for your great article! The Beestonian mag is also available in the e-version at Issuu.com platform.

THE GHOST BUS / FEEDBACKS: “AN EXTREMELY EXCITING PROJECT” (MELVYN RAWLINSON, ACTOR, DESIGNER, DIRECTOR, PUPPETEER)  

 

Guest Writer: MELVYN RAWLINSON ( ACTOR, DESIGNER, DIRECTOR, PUPPETEER)

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b DSCN0006 (640x480)  For what it’s worth, may I be so presumptuous to share a thought. I think the Ghost Bus Project is about Time.

So often it is time which robs us of our memories and our faculties: to be able to function in the same way we once were able to. The archive film gives us back those memories, a glimpse of the past. But the bus itself has also travelled through time, and like its passengers has also been robbed of many of its faculties. Yet time is also our travelling companion as it takes us on a journey to discover what lies beneath the outer surfaces. Time is stripping back the layers to reveal other landscapes in a different dimension. It’s as if time is moving in two directions and where the two cross is where you find the Ghost Bus. It’s a curious contradiction. In this instance, the bus is the zeitgeist, the receptacle from which these images and emotions spring.

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There were all sort of secondary thoughts about Roberto’s images not being abstract because they’re not abstracted from anything; they are an honest representation of what already exists, if only we take the time to look – so if anything they are extracted images. I guess in some ways we’re already aware of archive footage and even Roberto’s images, however beautiful even mesmerising, seem familiar. Yet the bus is different. To my mind the bus is the star and deserves to be at the heart of the installation and I’m not sure the films and the music should be experienced as separate fragments but more as facets of the central jewel – The Ghost Bus. I think it’s an extremely exciting project and I envy you all!

As a lone film maker – and a part-time one at that – and as a performer I really appreciate the hard work which was needed to get to the point of last Friday’s presentation. It was a brilliant evening and full of images and emotions which will stay with me for a long time. There’s so much potential there I’m sure you’re going to have great fun exploring the project even further. And I don’t need to tell you of the amazing resource you have right in the heart of Beeston and I raise my hat to you and your small team who achieve so much.

Melvyn Rawlinson,

Toton, Nottingham, UK

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