AUTISM AND ART: COLORS AND EMOTIONS AROUND THE GHOST BUS. SCENES FROM AN EXPERIENCE

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Videoclip by Roberto Alborghetti; Soundtrack: “Day One” by Audiomachine. Scenes from a creative experience which involved autistic and disabled kids in Aprilia, Latina (Rome area, Italy). Led by teacher Patrizia Sapri, they worked to reproduce the abstract photos taken by Roberto Alborghetti around the old and rusty bus at Bartons Plc (Beeston – Nottingham, UK) for the Ghost Bus Project, “A visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood” by Roberto Alborghetti, Bartons Plc and ACT Group. Next project: “Taking the Blue Moon” basing on the drawing by Mitrani Yarden for Hopes Project.

Drawings for The Ghost Bus

Drawings for The Ghost Bus

1 YEAR ABOARD THE GHOST BUS / FROM NOTTINGHAM TO TUSCANY: A STORY FROM THE LAST ISSUE OF “BEESTONIAN” MAG

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From the last issue of THE BEESTONIAN magazine (December 2015): story by Christopher Frost about “The Ghost Bus” project, from Nottingham (UK) to Tuscany (Italy).

“THE GHOST BUS” FILM PREMIERE IN TUSCANY: CALL FOR A GREAT VIDEOS AND PHOTOS CONTEST…READ THE RULES….

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“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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THE GHOST BUS / FEEDBACKS: “AN ARRAY AND SUCCESSION OF VIBRANT IMAGES” (ROBERT RICHARDSON, PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISUAL ARTIST)

 

Guest Writer: ROBERT RICHARDSON, Photographer, Visual artist

http://www.bobzlenz.com/

 

PHOTOS BY ROBERT RICHARDSON

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The narrative of “The Ghost Bus” is compelling. An Italian artist encounters an old, decaying bus in the middle of England. He photographs details of its surface and returns to show, in the garage where it is kept, a video artwork made from his singular documentation.

I was one of an intrigued and fascinated audience who enjoyed an array and succession of vibrant images. We could also reflect on the inherent wonders of the mundane, meaning it is not mundane at all.

Afterwards, and behind the screen, was “The Ghost Bus” itself. Along with others, I approached it almost as if it was a holy relic. Roberto Alborghetti’s vision is one of transformation: what was dying had been given a new and spectacular life.

I’ve posted a few “snaps” on my Facebook artist’s page. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertRichardson.VisualArtist

 

Robert Richardson, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

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THE GHOST BUS / FEEDBACKS: “IMPRESSIVE FILMS AND EXCITING EVENT” (CHRISTOPHER FROST, JOURNALIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Guest Writer and Photographer: CRISTOPHER FROST (Nottingham Daily Photo, The Beestonian, PostLite)

http://beestonblog.blogspot.it/

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There was an unusual, and exciting event that took place in Beeston (March 27, 2015), a world premiere film show based on close up photographs of the ‘Ghost Bus’; the old dilapidated Bartons bus that was found rotting in a Suffolk field.

The bus made its first appearance at Bartons in October 2012, and of course I popped along to see and write about it for this blog. Last October a well known Italian writer and visual artist called Roberto Alborghetti saw the bus for the first time and was amazed at the state of the vehicle. He then spent a couple of hours taking 500 close up photos of the rust, peeled paint and general distress on the buses bodywork and has turned 130 of them into a thirteen minute film, naturally called The Ghost Bus.

Besides seeing the film, Bartons had put lights and a smoke machine inside the bus, to give it a supernatural and atmospheric air, amplified by the darkness of the garage setting. Would you want to spend the night alone on this bus?

Roberto has also made a shorter, six minute film, using some of the other photos called Seaside Film, Both films were impressive and well received by the audience. There was also time for a small question and answer session.

It was a wonderful event, and for those that are curious about what the film looks like, Roberto has put a small extract on YouTube – https://youtu.be/1YWqP38vHQo

http://beestonblog.blogspot.it/2015/03/spirited-away.html?spref=tw

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