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April 28, 2006

aether architecture

Distributed Projection Structure is an architecture prototype where physical matter is animated by algorithmic light.

this project is going to be in Milan next month!

Via unmediated

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Social Video

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Ten Video Sharing Services Compared

"The number of video-sharing sites has shot through the roof recently, as dozens of companies try to become the Flickr of the online video world. To this end, many video services have started offering new features like editing and remixability in an attempt to snatch a piece of the ever-expanding online video pie. But for the average user--who just wants to post a video on the 'net and share it with some friends--there are already too many options out there. All one really wants to know is, which site is going to work, with the least amount of hassle?

I took 10 of these sites [Eyespot, Google Video, Grouper, Jumpcut, Ourmedia, Revver, Videoegg, Vimeo, vSocial, YouTube] out for a test drive, and picked some winners. If you want to post, watch, share, or edit video online, this post's for you.

To test each service, I uploaded my demo reel (a 15MB Sorenson 3-encoded Quicktime file) to each site and compared video quality, site interface, community features, and functionality. Where applicable I also tried to embed the resulting video in a Wordpress page. Many of these sites are still in beta, and their functionality could change in the coming months, but if you're looking to post and share video today, this is the current state of things. [posted by Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo on DVguru]

yay, someone did the hardwork for me!

Via networked_performance

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Taking Back the Streets: Cyclist Memorials

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We learned the hard way about a Toronto tradition for taking back the streets today- mass memorial rides for cyclists needlessly killed. Hubert Van Tol was a University of Toronto Professor and athlete- we rowed together on Lake Ontario (well, not quite together- he was twice as fast). Last Thursday a dumptruck turning right got him. This happens too often in Toronto (two cylists were killed on the same day) where the few bike lanes are full of cars and when it comes to enforcement, we quote Bob Dylan: "the cops don't need you and man, they expect the same". There are few North/South streets in the area of the accident and bike commuters are forced to use the ludicrously named Avenue Road, four fast-moving lanes, none for bikes- it just might slow down the rush hour traffic and we can't have that.

(This post continues on the site)

We don\'t see much bike accidents around this part of the world, us being in a small medieval bike-friendly town like Treviso, but I think we can all relate to cyclist issues as 90% of us ride our bikes to work...

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Germany’s Rhine: No Longer a “German” River

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A recent New York Times article gives us an important lesson on the damage incurred by chemical “spills,"—despite the best efforts to clean them up. In 1986, when a plant near Basle, Switzerland had a chemical spill, millions of fish for hundreds of miles downstream Germany’s Rhine river were killed, and Rhine salmon wiped out. Thanks to an initiative by Dutch minister of water resources Neelie Kroes, salmon is back. In some parts, you can actually see them leaping through the air. But this Rhine, as the article’s headline tells us, is “No Longer Europe's Sewer, but Not the Rhine of Yore.” Now, salmon from Ireland, France, Scotland, and Scandinavia call the river home. They share this aquatic turf with immigrants including a small crab, which moved on in when the Danube was connected to the Rhine in 1992 by the Main-Danube canal. It’s frustrating to think, even with a clean-up project carrying a 20-25 billion euro price tag, we can’t quite clean up these “spills.” ::The New York Times

Image Martin Specht for The New York Times.

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Artist designs cute looking spycams, razorwire, etc.

Mark Frauenfelder: A German artist named Matthias Megyeri has started a company called Sweet Dreams Security, which makes security items like padlocks, alarms, and razorwire that look cute and happy.
200604271045 Examples of Mr Megyeri's art include padlocks designed to look like teddy bears, heart-shaped chains, and glass fir trees embedded in concrete, designed to replace broken bottle shards, which are now illegal.

While they look delicate, the top of the fir tress is very sharp, to deter people from climbing the wall.

nks, Carl!)

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Not just numerically cool: 6.6.6 is National Day of Slayer.

Xeni Jardin:
For reasons that only the dark vengeful lords of hell, dry ice, and mullets know, June 6, 2006 is National Day of Slayer. Link (thanks, Sean Bonner!)

Previously: Numerically cool dates in 2006

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MixedMedia Festival in Milan

Coming up in a few weeks is a festival with new media art, architecture, and performance in Milan. Book your hotel room now because you wouldn't want to miss this!

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impressive line up of artists, including Jim Campbell, LEMUR, Casey Reas, Diller & Scofido Renfro, Massimiliano Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Ryoichi Kurakawa, Tina Frank... just to mention a few.

(via WMMNA)

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New Media Survey


The era of mass media is giving way to one of personal and participatory media, says Andreas Kluth. That will profoundly change both the media industry and society as a whole

Last week's Economist magazine carries a Survey of New Media. Read the article

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The Aphrodite Project: Platforms

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The Aphrodite Project: Platforms is an integrated system of shoes and online services that combines the rich mythology of Aphrodite with the safety and advertising concerns of contemporary sex workers on the street. On view in Eyebeam's gallery May 2-13 will be a prototype of a silver-leather platform sandal with integrated LCD screen, speakers, internet connection and GPS tracking system. On May 13 visitors to the gallery will be able to track a model in real-time as she traverses the city wearing the platform prototype and join in a panel discussion between artists, technologists and sex work advocates. This event will conclude with a reading by Tracy Quan, performance by Ana Voog, Echo Transgression, and Melissa Gira. and live music by Natural Sphere. This event is open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation and will take place at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Aves

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April 27, 2006

Poster show in Roma, this month

romeposterexhibit.jpgWe reblogged the submission call for this project about two months ago (from wooster collective), and since the show is taking place in Italy, some Fabricanti participated by sending their work in. Though, they still dont' know if their work has been excepted for the show or not. Strange.

Anyway, the exhibit of posters starts this month and should last til the end of the month. The poster shown above says that the opening party is on the 13 of May from 16:00 to 1:00, costs 2 euros. Address: Via dei Reti 15 quartiere San Lorenzo.

I'll try to find the url and will post more info as it becomes available to me. But if you're in Rome, or know any more about this, please share the info in the comment section.






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Fabrica does Bologna Politics

The unsuccessful and awfully delayed server move, which paused the blogging activity on blog.Fabrica, caused us to miss covering not only the Milan's Salone Del Mobile but also the election! We also failed to inform you about this project:

From April 3 - 17, a Fabrica project was installed at the Fabrica Features store front in Bologna to coincide with the Italian national election. The project, which utilizes CommPose (developed here at Fabrica Interactive), was titled "Left-Right-Center: Your Pictures, Your Politics". This interactive installation asked the viewer to contribute cellphone photos to screens that are titled "left" "right" "center", accordingly.

Well, the installation finished and in the end collected 105 photos, evenly divided into 3 groups of political stance -- which we find to be such uncanny representative of the result of the national election -- with the "Left" screen had slightly more photos. ;-)

The result of that installation is now on a website, http://2005to2007.fabrica.it/left-right-center

More installation are in the planning for the CommPose system: Bangkok, Toronto, and even a proposal for São Paulo, Brazil is in the works! Stay tune.

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color changing concrete

colorchangingconcrete.jpgthe idea of color changing concrete that can be used for information display was originally posted a while ago, but now seems to have finally reached the prototype phase. the system is able to dynamically display patterns, numbers & text in concrete surfaces. potential application range from simple products for the home to large-scale architectural installations.
[chromastone.com & chromastone.com (mov)|thnkx Martin]

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exxon secrets

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an interactive network visualization that shows the links between Exxon (the world's biggest oil company) money & some of the loudest climate sceptics being quoted in the media. developed for Greenpeace with the assistance of the they rule application. the visualization contains dossiers & fact sheets for each organization & person with a description, history, staff bios, quotes, deeds & hidden affiliations.
designed as a tool for journalists, researchers & policy makers, this application can be used to research the links between climate sceptic groups & how much funding they get from ExxonMobil. searches can be made on organisations & individuals, cross-referencing automatically with other groups & individuals.
[exxonsecrets.org|via greenpeace.org]

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Roadsworth's Apple Tree

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From Roadsworth:

"This is something that was done for earth day here in Quebec. Stayed up all night with a couple of friends painting this apple tree or at least a branch thereof representing the various stages of the tree's development or at least from budding through fruit stages. Not that it would stand up to any kind of botanical rigor but you get the idea. Just as we were applying the final touches, the mayor and other political types including the leader of the Bloc Quebecois (or is it the Parti Quebecois?) showed up to plant a tree and a photo op. I had to pose for the cameras beside one of the trees in question, covered in paint, cracked out from no sleep. While no stranger to the media (here in Quebec it's not hard to get media attention-we've got our own star system here and Cruise and Holmes are not even in the top 50) this was a little much. Can we at least get some makeup over here. I've got snot smeared all over my face and it looks like I've pissed my pants (i didn't though I swear). I was just starting to break the top 100 here in Quebec but I can forget about it now."

for places that don't have the real stuff like our Villorba farm land... this is pretty cute

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"Radiating Places" Website

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A few weeks ago we posted some controvercial photos of street art done in the abandoned city of Pripjat, location of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now, the artists have put up a website about the project. You can see it here.

See yesterday's post for Chernobyl, also the same art project blogged by BenettonTalk.

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These clowns just left the building!

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You may know them as Brett and Nicole. One's a musician and the other's a graphic designer. I think they used to be separate units, but once they found each other, we can't tell them apart anymore.

Well, their last day at the building was yesterday and the clowns are off island trotting in Croatia, then to the Big Apple New York City next week -- because that's where clowns go to try to make it in the entertainment business. You will be missed, guys!

Interview of Brett and Nicole coming in the near future.

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"Killing wetbacks: just a videogame" !?!?

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“There is one simple objective in this game. Keep them out… at any cost!” This is the only instruction you need to play this videogame: Border Patrol. Being the guard who controls the border between Mexico and the US, you’ve to shoot as many illegal immigrants as possible. No exception for pregnant women and children: every wetback - this is the Yankee nickname derogatory term for illegal Mexican immigrants – has to be killed. Pedro Risol and other immigration rights activists are outraged. Tom Metzger, the head of White Aryan Resistance, is the responsible for the content of the videogame...

WOW. Incredible. And you wonder why Americans look like selfish retards to the rest of the world. This blog refuse to provide a direct link to this game for ethical reasons, but read more about this on BenettonTalk.

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April 26, 2006

Affordable Europe

Finally New York intellectuals talk about how to go around Europe on a budget, so look forward to more American tourists in our favorite back yard: Venice.

(ok, yes, that came off a bit snobby, but what the hey -- i'm an american, i can say that)

New York Times: Affordable Europe

Anyone up for writing the Venice guide to avoiding tourist traps? I challenge you!!

Note: this article was mentioned to me 4 times since its publication, though I have a feeling we all know a tad bit more about Venice than the author (what 40 euros for a pizza meal? you're joking!), it is still well worth a read.

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Hinglish

This project could easily inspire many other projects in the same vain, especially in countless of countries where English is so pervasive. God knows I've laughed and giggled at many signs in Japan and Thailand, took countless photos of them and just let them rott in my digital bin.

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This Flickr set is an exhibit of the English of India project. The artist created signs based on the color palette and lettering used in signage India.

Also check out her very lovely Flickr account of other photos from India. (Thanks Meena!)

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Nepali photoblog with protest reports: Phalano.com

Xeni Jardin:


The photoblog Phalano.com is publishing many images each day from the ongoing demonstrations in Nepal. A post from Saturday describes a "sea of protestors" flooding Kathmandu, on the seventeenth day of a nationwide general strike.

Shown here, at left (link to source, shot by Shanker Kharel), this demonstrator has shaved a message into his head. I can't read it, but would welcome a translation from a BoingBoing reader. At right (link to source, shot by Chandra Sekhar Karki) police in Kathmandu beat a protestor with sticks.

The government has imposed a mandatory curfew in Kathmandu. A site admin's message on Phalano.com asks for reader forgiveness over resulting technical difficulties: "We are currently unable to upload your comments due to curfew... we apologize for this!"

Reader comment: Anonymous says,

You asked for a translation of "Loktantra". The Nepali language used "Prajatantra" to mean "democracy". "Praja" means "subjects" (of a King or monarch), so "Prajatantra" actually means "the rule of subjects", which obviously is unsatisfactory. So the new term "Loktantra" was coined. "Lok" means "folk" - so "Loktantra" would be full democracy, as opposed to a half-hearted version.

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RIP Jane Jacobs, urban activist

Cory Doctorow: Jane Jacobs has died at 89 in Toronto. Jacobs was an urban activist and writer about cities. Her book Death and Life of Great American Cities is the best book I've ever read about cities -- how they work, how they change. Reading that book rendered visible whole rafts of secrets about how the world around me functioned. It was like taking off a blindfold.
"The key with Jane was that she believed that the world was a complex place. It was not a simple place, it was a complex place, and you couldn't just think in straight lines," said Sewell.

"You had to think about context, how things fit together. That was the key about her."

"Jane Jacobs will be remembered as one of the great urban thinkers of our time," Toronto Mayor David Miller said Tuesday in a statement.

"Her contributions and insights have forever changed the way North American cities are developed.

t: Juan Freire, Flickr) (Thanks, Dave!)

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Ghost Town of Chernobyl

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Today is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident. I was only 8 years old when this tragedy happen and vaguely remember the news about a nuclear devastation in what was a super far away place for me.

So to recap for our generation: 20 years ago today, an explosion in the nuclear power plant in the city of Chernobyl, Ukrain (part of the Soviet Union back then) caused a radioactive spillout that spread to the Western Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, UK, and as far as the eastern U.S.

According to one report, the explosion released over 400x more radiation than the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. Today, millions of people are suffering from/will develop some form of cancer due to the exposure.

For more info:
Wikipedia's explanation of the cause, the accidents, and follow up reports done in the past 20 years.
New York Time's article on rising number of thyroid cancer patients, especially amongst the immigrants from the former Soviet Union

Here is amazing picture essay of what the Chernobyl Ghost Town looks like now (picture above taken from this site)

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April 23, 2006

Far East Film Festival in Udine

LEFT_Locandina.gif The Far East Film Festival in Udine opened this past Friday (21 April) and goes on until next Saturday (29 April). This is the 8th edition of the festival and beyond the 73 film screenings, the festival also boost a rare movie poster exhibition and afternoons with actors and directors. There are also fringe activities during the week, notably some parties and concerts organized by Fabricanti Marco Mucig and Carlo Zoratti, among others.

The films in the festival are from China, Hong Kong, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan.

From the program:

It is a film event which concentrates its power on three of four blockbusters a year, liberalizes cinema halls and film distribution and democratizes the showing of the individual films regardless of their provenance. Nine years after its inception, Far East has brought Oriental films to the very backwaters of Italy. Three films were released as normal under Italian law, whilst the release of three others was blocked by the Italian film distributors, or their associates—an unprecedented event at the Far East festival.

Ferment, creativity, and production: cinema in Asia is still a cinema of stars, dreams, authorship, and market, but foremost of stories to be constructed, narrated and heard. Venice, Cannes and Berlin do not present Asian films because of the organizers’ whim, still less the cosmopolitan nature of the films; but because cinema is more alive in Asia than in any other part of the world.

The Far East Film Festival has been a launching pad and first showcase for films. Pang Ho-cheung is the most recent director to make an initial impact at the festival in Udine, and subsequent success at the major film festivals.

Together with the Venice Film Festival, we decided to double the events in this region for Asian film. In April, FEFF presents revelations, war films, real cinema, popular films; and the Biannual in September provides international limelight. These are two special events which make Venice and Friuli-Venezia Giulia—with its festivals, film library, and Universities—an international venue for world cinema.


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April 20, 2006

COLORS 67 is out now

The latest issue of COLORS Magazine is out and online now. This issue focuses on HIV/AIDS statistics from around the world, the website features all articles printed in the magazine and most published images for free. The magazine will soon be available at your hip bookstores in Europe, then North America and the rest of the world some time later.

http://www.colorsmagazine.com

Just 25 years since its discovery, the HIV virus managed to inhabit the bodies of 40.3 million people—the equivalent of Spain's entire population. Many people think that the global AIDS/HIV situation is under control because of the advance in medicines. Media attention has diminished, donations are turning elsewhere. Simply wearing the red-ribbon promotes awareness not prevention.

COLORS 67: AIDS brings back to light the virus 25 years later with visual reportage and factual information. The effects that it had on those who contracted it 25 years ago and those who got it at birth last year. The issue also gives a voice and face to many people who are doing their best to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Serial No. 3817131

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Rachel Papo photographs Israeli female soldiers during their mandatory military service portraying complexity of emotions. The artist served as photographer in the Israeli Air Force between 1988-1990, the project is titled after her own serial number.

Nice photos, and I love photographers who have really nice and clean website presentation like this one.

http://www.serialno3817131.com/

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ViPod Gallery, call for video submission

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Escape Artists Society (T.E.A.S.) http://www.escapeartists.ca wants your video art for Vancouver's first iPod viewing gallery or ViPod Gallery!

This is a fundraising event for Vancouver's hottest emerging arts society The Escape Artists Society (T.E.A.S.): we put art in unusual spaces – inserting 'our' world into 'there' world– penetrating public perceptions of culture, genre and form.

Submitted works must be created specifically for screening on Apple's new video iPod and can be no longer than 5 minutes in duration.

The content and style of your work is open – it can be narrative or non-narrative, personal or political, and presented in an experimental or documentary style.

Play with the notion of "ViPodification" in your work – the small, intimate scale of the iPod may direct your explorations technically and conceptually – "podify" it. Featured artists are eligible for prize packs featuring treats donated by local designers, artists and businesses.

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News for Graphic Nerds

Scoured from kottke.org

Chris Ware, unwilling to compromise the quality of his products, moves his ACME Novelty Library series from Fantagraphics to Drawn & Quarterly. (via waxy)

The company that makes Moleskine notebooks is putting itself up for sale. Says the head of the company, "Moleskine is growing very quickly and it is becoming too big for us. We do not have the capacity to follow it through." Hipsters and GTDers ponder an uncertain organizational future. (via moleskinerie)

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Diesel Wall Competition

The Diesel Wall Competition is on again! For those not familiar, Diesel, the clothing company, hosts this competition to select art work to be shown on their (really large) wall in Milan and Berlin. I haven't been to Berlin, but the one in Milan is rather impressive in its size. Here's a picture of what I saw there last (taken February 06):

corporate sponsored

from the competition site:


One competition. Two walls. Three winners.

After the success of the Diesel Walls in Milan and Berlin, we have decided to merge the two into one big competition... with two walls... and three winners.

This is a single competition, so only one entry per person is allowed.

The jury will select three winners. Two winners will be shown in Milan and one in Berlin.

Unlike previous competitions, we are only accepting entries in digital form, from this website.

We impose no limits on your mind however. It’s just a wall. So get over it. Go round it. Think of it. Or climb on it. Tell us what you see.

http://www.dieselwall.com

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Sarah, Yoni, and Those Thai Guys all left the building!

I've been remissed with the "...has left the building" bit, and now that spring time is here, we've lost a bunch of people!

Starting with Sarah Napier, who left more than a month ago (March 1, 2006) to go back to her hometown (and join her Italian boyfriend) in Melbourne, Australia. This red head Aussie couldn't get out of here fast enough as she was liberated from the graphics department and didn't leave anything behind but pictures (thanks to Nicole for the pics!):

Then Yoni Halevy, Israeli drummer transplanted to New York City, who joined Fabrica Musica for the "Winners" project (musical performance coming up in June) left us on April 9 to head back to the Big Apple. Everyone agrees that Yoni is the maddest drummer we've all ever met.

Yoni and a bunny
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Yoni (right) and Diego who misses his 'batterio di uno spizzidou d'un porcofriend' !
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(photos courtesy of Diego)

Right around the same time as Yoni's departure, the mysterious group of five Thai musicians who couldn't speak to anyone except the Thai girls (myself and Prima), successfully arranged for their flight home, ending their adventure in the West. For Satra (Tu), Arnon (Non), Wutthichai (Ken), Wichai (Dan), and Krengkrai (Mac), this was their first time traveling to a western country (and for some, first time traveling outside of Thailand). They knew about 5 words of English and spoke no Italian. They lived here for 3 months, recorded their music and prepared for the "Winners" project w/ Andrea Molino, learned their way around Treviso, and cooked Thai food out of Italian ingredients. In the end, friendships were made and good fun memories had by all. (photos by Prima)

Two wrestling competitor!!  IMG_1838  Grisha got PINK Thai shirt....pink for Grisha..

Yianni won Grand Prize.... Ayutthaya agenda book in English!!  Titanic?!?  Tu carry Yoni

Arrivederci Everyone! You presence are surely missed around here...

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And we're back...

After waiting a full two weeks for the server move, and suffering major blow to our website hits, we've decided to open up shop again, at the same slow server. Due to incredible technical difficulties involved in moving server from New York to Italy (virtually), we haven't really been able to settle. It's like our moving truck/ship never arrived!

Anyway, we're back for now and I have tons of stuff that was missed. Some time in the near future, we will be moving, but hopefully we won't have a major delay next time.

While the blog was taking a forced vacation, Fabricanti partied on the grass at Fabrica for the first time this year! Yay for SPRING TIME IN ITALY!!!

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The winner!!...ganador!!  Tattoo gang  Frisby god

picnic on the tadao prohibited grass (we don't care!!)

Check the Fabrica Picture Pool for more fun pics.

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April 03, 2006

WE ARE MOVING!!!

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Due to a long awaited upgrade, we're moving web server this week (yay!), and unfortunately, the site won't be available for updates until the move is over (boo!). This means no new posts for the week of April 3 - April 7, which is really unfortunate since I was planning to do a special report covering the Salone. But it looks like you are on your own for a week, if you need places to kill time, I suggest the following sites:

Wooster Collective
We-Make-Money-Not-Art
Boing Boing (when in doubt, always hit boing boing)
Swiss Miss (she's been digging really good stuff lately)
Video Bomb and You Tube (this is what i watch when i'm not blogging)

and of course: BenettonTalk (there's five full-time Fabricanti writing over there!)

not to do another shameless self-promotion, but my colleagues have been hard at work on the Benetton Play site, so give them a short visit and see if you can beat Oriol at all the games. He's Armadillu in the score board, and no, he doesn't cheat.

We'll see you next week!!

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April 02, 2006

Milan Design Week 2006

So I've been doing some research in preparation for the crazy weekend at the Salone, and here are some things to check out (amongst thousands of other things going on in the same time)... I know there's been a post about this before, but repetition is always good when it comes to these kinds of things...

Design Academy Eindhoven
Post Mortum
Universita' Teologica
Via dei Chiostri 6
5-9 April // 10.00 - 19.00

Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Milano
Come and see us @ Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini, 4 Milano.
Opening party: 6:30pm on April 6 2006
Exhibition: April 7-10 (noon-8pm) 11-21 (noon-5pm)
Closed: April 16-17

Droog Design
Palazzo Trussardi Marino alla Scala
Piazza della Scala 5, Milan
wednesday 5 to monday 10 april
11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.

(more after the break)

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April 01, 2006

maplecroft interactive worldmap

maplecroftmaps.jpg
an interactive geograpical map resource which contains detailed country information for over 200 states & maps key social, economic, environmental & political issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions, corruption, landmine risk & child labor statistics.
the interactive map enables users to view an issue individually or in combination with other issues in order to illustrate the relationship between 2 or more associated topics. the tool is meant to raise awareness, providing a framework for monitoring & analyzing a wide range of complex issues that impact on society & the goals of business.
see also radial visual browser & gapminder world trends.
[maplecroft.com]

very good statistics & info resource too

Via information aesthetics

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Tube+9 Lounge Chair

tube_lounge.jpg

The Tube+9 Lounge is a thoughtfully-designed, cheap-to-produce chair that isn't half-bad looking. The design and materials, while both TreeHugger-friendly, aren't the real reason we like the chair. We found more value in the philosophy and procedure behind producing it: designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind, all materials are either recycled or recyclable, and the simplicity of the construction keeps both material waste and cost extremely low. The frame is constructed from four identically-formed pieces of plywood, minimizing material waste. The seat is made from nine rigid cardboard tubes found in many packaging and manufacturing plants that use cellophane wrap. All of the tubes are wrapped in a recycled or recyclable fabric for comfortable sitting and capped with aluminum rings to finish the edges. The breakdown of material costs is:

(This post continues on the site)

maybe we can make somethin like this around here... god knows we really could use a couch at fabrica

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Seen In The East Village of New York

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Artists: Cern and Cekis from Chile
Location: E 4th St. between Ave C and Ave D

i used to live 2 blocks away from that location! me miss new york!

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Geek-ware web-store

Cory Doctorow: Fractalspin is a nerdy web-store that carries a pretty interesting range of pins, cufflinks, t-shirts, backpacks, jewelry and other kit. Link (Thanks, Liz!)

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Chinese "ghost ship" fishing boats rotting off of W African coast

Cory Doctorow: Greenpeace has published an amazing first-person account of visits to the rusting Chinese "ghost ships" floating off the West African coast. These fishing ships are loaded, supplied and collected form at sea, without any dock-time for maintenance (or for their crews to desert). They are floating wrecks, riddled with holes, hemorrhaging fuel, rotting to the water-line, and their crews are stuck on them for years at a time.
We head for the 'graveyard' itself. The first battered ship, the Lian Run 02 has holes near the waterline. They're so big, I could reach out and put my fist through. The two crewman are cheerful enough - or maybe just happy to see new faces. They'd been waiting there a month, in the hope of getting new crew - so far, there's no sign.

Next was the crumbling 'Happiness' ship already mentioned, the Zhang Yuan Yu 15. After we wave goodbye to the lone occupant, we head towards the next two ships. They appear roped to each other - the Zhang Yuan Yu 17 and the Lian Run 16. No one answers our calls on the first ship - but I see some movement behind the bridge, a cat... I'm not sure.

We move to the second ship, where again, a bunch of friendly young guys have been sitting at anchor for two months, waiting technical help and a new crew. Their engine doesn't work, and they no safety gear or radio. They can, however, run their watermaker, for desalinating seawater. Lines of drying fish hang over the deck, but they're running out of other food, and are often forced to signal other fishing boats for help. Like everyone else, their future is uncertain.

JWZ

crazy story!

Via Boing Boing

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maplecroft interactive worldmap

maplecroftmaps.jpg
an interactive geograpical map resource which contains detailed country information for over 200 states & maps key social, economic, environmental & political issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions, corruption, landmine risk & child labor statistics.
the interactive map enables users to view an issue individually or in combination with other issues in order to illustrate the relationship between 2 or more associated topics. the tool is meant to raise awareness, providing a framework for monitoring & analyzing a wide range of complex issues that impact on society & the goals of business.
see also radial visual browser & gapminder world trends.
[maplecroft.com]

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ReBlogged by ann p on Apr 1, 2006 at 12:27 PM | Comments (0)

Tube+9 Lounge Chair

tube_lounge.jpg

The Tube+9 Lounge is a thoughtfully-designed, cheap-to-produce chair that isn't half-bad looking. The design and materials, while both TreeHugger-friendly, aren't the real reason we like the chair. We found more value in the philosophy and procedure behind producing it: designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind, all materials are either recycled or recyclable, and the simplicity of the construction keeps both material waste and cost extremely low. The frame is constructed from four identically-formed pieces of plywood, minimizing material waste. The seat is made from nine rigid cardboard tubes found in many packaging and manufacturing plants that use cellophane wrap. All of the tubes are wrapped in a recycled or recyclable fabric for comfortable sitting and capped with aluminum rings to finish the edges. The breakdown of material costs is:

(This post continues on the site)

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ReBlogged by ann p on Apr 1, 2006 at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

Seen In The East Village of New York

YMI--4ave--D-web.jpg

Artists: Cern and Cekis from Chile
Location: E 4th St. between Ave C and Ave D

Originally from
ReBlogged by ann p on Apr 1, 2006 at 12:17 PM | Comments (3)

Geek-ware web-store

Cory Doctorow: Fractalspin is a nerdy web-store that carries a pretty interesting range of pins, cufflinks, t-shirts, backpacks, jewelry and other kit. Link (Thanks, Liz!)

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ReBlogged by ann p on Apr 1, 2006 at 11:57 AM | Comments (0)

Chinese "ghost ship" fishing boats rotting off of W African coast

Cory Doctorow: Greenpeace has published an amazing first-person account of visits to the rusting Chinese "ghost ships" floating off the West African coast. These fishing ships are loaded, supplied and collected form at sea, without any dock-time for maintenance (or for their crews to desert). They are floating wrecks, riddled with holes, hemorrhaging fuel, rotting to the water-line, and their crews are stuck on them for years at a time.
We head for the 'graveyard' itself. The first battered ship, the Lian Run 02 has holes near the waterline. They're so big, I could reach out and put my fist through. The two crewman are cheerful enough - or maybe just happy to see new faces. They'd been waiting there a month, in the hope of getting new crew - so far, there's no sign.

Next was the crumbling 'Happiness' ship already mentioned, the Zhang Yuan Yu 15. After we wave goodbye to the lone occupant, we head towards the next two ships. They appear roped to each other - the Zhang Yuan Yu 17 and the Lian Run 16. No one answers our calls on the first ship - but I see some movement behind the bridge, a cat... I'm not sure.

We move to the second ship, where again, a bunch of friendly young guys have been sitting at anchor for two months, waiting technical help and a new crew. Their engine doesn't work, and they no safety gear or radio. They can, however, run their watermaker, for desalinating seawater. Lines of drying fish hang over the deck, but they're running out of other food, and are often forced to signal other fishing boats for help. Like everyone else, their future is uncertain.

href="http://jwz.livejournal.com/">JWZ)

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