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September 29, 2006

The New Bloggers!

For a while, the future of the Fabrica blog looked really grim as I, the chief blogger, is leaving and there's no one coming any time soon to fill in my empty spot. We thought the blog would have to say bye bye, shut its doors, and be gone forever... the consequences were grave: no more gossip column, no more Techno Tuesday, no silly photos of the silly people we love! No, niente!

But it is in this kind of critical time where heroes emerge. So please put your keyboard and mouse together, clap on your screen and welcome our two new bloggers, the heroes who volunteer to keep Fabrica blog going strong!

To the left is Swiss Christian Etter, graphic designer/skateboarder and all that stuff. And to the right is Canadian Matt Prins, eclectic writer of the house. They have both been keeping their own personal blog on the old Fabrica blog server for a while (here and here), no one else is more quailified and willing than these two.

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They will kick of the new phase of the Fabrica blog next Monday, and this is my last post for now.

Signing off -

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Bye bye blog! (or Ann has left the building)

annisleaving.jpgAnd now my time has come to leave Fabrica forever. It's been one full year of me working on this blog. I won't be here to say happy birthday to the blog on the 4th of October, which was the day I put up the first post. It's a bit sad to be leaving something you work on everyday, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Just to be fair, I'm writing my own 'has left the building' bit... using the same question I asked to everybody else:

Ann Poochareon, Interactive department, April 2005-October 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I graduated from ITP, NYU, then went to Nice with Mark and Dan to do Nicebots, then came to visit Fabrica and actually didn't like it too much. Then I went back to Brooklyn and worked as a freelancer 20 hours a day from my bedroom, never getting out of my pajamas for days unless to collect a paycheck. Then I thought that maybe living in Italy rent-free might not be so bad.

What's the plan now?
I'm moving to Bangkok, Thailand to take a job offer, and bringing my Canadian boyfriend with me. After 13 years of living in the U.S. and Italy, suddenly there's a calling for me to go back to the motherland.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Experiencing Europe first-hand by living here is really priceless. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
The Saturday market, especially the during the cherry season. Cheap wine of excellent qualities. Riding bikes without helmets through town and the cars actually stop for you.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The bars, they're not very fun are they?

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Don't wait for anyone to tell you what to do, don't ask for approval, don't ask for permission, and don't have high expections. Do whatever you want to do and if someone will have a problem with it, then deal with that later (just be smart about it). Most of the time, Fabrica has no idea what it is they want, so if you can take advantage of that, you're golden.

http://www.miserychick.net

Arrividerci Tutti!

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September 28, 2006

Hansi is leaving the building... soon

Hopping over from the neighboring country, Hansi joined the Interactive department last year after studying in Linz, Austria. Kid-genius and a self-taught programmer, Hansi codes everything and can work so fast that he mostly spends his office time browsing YouTube and showing off the best clip of the day. He is half the duo behind the popular BenettonPlay -- all the kids are gonna miss their hero.

A Fabrica project which Hansi is a part of, the Tuned Stairs, will be at the big show FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts, opening next week at the Pompidou. After the show opens, Hansi will get packing and hop right back on to Austria where he'll enjoy his hometown favorite Schnitzel.

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Hansi Raber, Interactive Department, October 2005-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Well, mostly school and freelance stuff. My most recent thing was studying Math, but I've put that on hold right now.

What's the plan now?
I missed the registration for this university year so I'm trying to wait till something just hits me. Maybe I'll apply for the Ars Electronica Futurelab or some other place where I can work till I start studying again. But it will be very hard to find another workplace where I can just show up at lunch time and watch YouTubes. If it all fails I'll try to be a professional Accordion player.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Flat-mate Francois and I climbed the crane behind the Drinking bar. I had no Idea how high cranes are...

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
When I first came here the day had 24 blank hours that were waiting to be freshly filled with whatever I wanted to do, it's not just going to live in another place, it really is like starting a new live.
What I also really like is that we're treated like kids - our lunch, our money, our flat, our flights - it's all taken care of. If there was only someone doing my dishes...

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
This town is always asleep when I'm awake!

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
You can't go to the toilet at 6:30 cause the cleaners are there, on Mondays there are french fries in mensa and you can save some money by taking out olive oil and toilet paper.

Seriously... What I expected from Fabrica was inter-department work on projects that get you really excited, instead I got sweet life and mostly my-department work. I really wish there will be a combination of the best of both. Well... maybe under Alfio's lead :)

P.S. Give a smile to the mensa ladies!

http://www.superduper.org

Bye Hansi, we'll miss you!

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FIN IV, the finale

This column is short lived, but probably the most fun for me to write as I get to air other people's laundry. It may get pick up again some time in the future, but as of today, the Fabrica Insider News is loosing its author - me.

It's getting quieter and quieter around here as the Fabricanti all take off on their own direction... there's Annalisa who left the writing wing, Mark left the 'server', David the video guru left his editing deck, Hansi is about to leave his messy workstation, Andy Smith is packing up for Brooklyn, Selwa is heading off to Japan, and I myself am on the way of leaving this lovely blog. Within two months time, every department will have a complete turn over -- with all of us leaving by the end of the year.

Yesterday, the five piece boy band of the Interactive department headed off to Paris to set up the installation for the big show at the Pompidou. Together they are quite a team -- there's DJ Cameron, DJ Boraxx, party thrower Carlo, mr.-nice-guy Oriol, and lady's man Dan. There presence in the building should have all the girls crying for their attention, except they'll be too busy working. And it's as if the Fabrica admin ladies knew this, because they're putting all 4 handsome boys into one single crummy hotel room, an hour away from the museum. Totally cramping the boys' styles.

Meanwhile, in other departments, the favorites are getting picked to go to the Pompidou, leaving some people a little sour. But we're all used to this kind of treatment anyways.

Since some is stuck at Fabrica during this big Pompidou opening week, Oriol finished the Mensalady Widget to help cure the boredom. You can download it here.

And actually I don't really have other news to report because, well, I'm leaving! It's finally MY TURN! After a whole year and a half of watching other people leave and packing the boxes, the process comes to me so naturally. I will miss my cushy life and this sounds-too-good-to-be-true job, but it is time to move on.

Good weekend, and good luck, Fabricanti.

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September 27, 2006

Mario Bros wedding cake

So I'm not really the wedding type and therefore never really think much about what I would want for my wedding... but this cake just made me compile a list...

I would totally have a wedding if the cake is this good:

Check out detailed photos and info of the baker from the Flickr set.

via Popgadget

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Control Arms / Stree War video

Here's a great video work created by Kaza Razat for the Amnesty International's Control Arms campaign.

(video via Wooster Collective)

The Control Arms campaign calls for international treaty to curb arms trade. They ran a campaign to collect one million faces on the web as a petition against arms, and which concluded in July and was presented to the United Nations Small Arms Review Conference. That conference ended without an agreement from any sides.

From 1998 to 2001, the USA, the UK, and France earned more income from arms sales to developing countries than they gave in aid.

The arms industry is unlike any other. It operates without regulation. It suffers from widespread corruption and bribes. And it makes its profits on the back of machines designed to kill and maim human beings.

So who profits most from this murderous trade? The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China. Together, they are responsible for eighty eight per cent of reported conventional arms exports.

To support or find out more about the Control Arms campaign, check out their website: http://www.controlarms.org

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Teach me conference at IUAV

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Last year, a bunch of us from Fabrica had a blast at the Teach Me conference with hosting workshops, lectures, cooking show, concert, etc. etc. Well this year, they're having it again...

It's going to take place tomorrow and on until Saturday: 28-29-30 September.

For more information check out their site: http://www.teachme.it (in Italian)

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Nalis has left the building

Our smiley writer and most helpful translator to many of us, Annalisa Merelli, left week ago bound for the beautiful city of Paris. Half North, half South, but 100% Italian, Nalis introduced many Italian customs and eateries to us foreigners. After a year of scholarship at Fabrica, she was awarded another one-year scholarship to continue her studies in writing/semiotics in the French capital of everything. We are all very excited for her, and all eager to go "visit" her in Paris anytime (hey, just say when, nalis!). In fact, she's probably settling there as we speak.

At Fabrica she spent so much time interviewing and writing about other people, now that it's her turn, she's keeping it short and sweet:

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Annalisa 'Nalis' Merelli, Creative Writing Department, September 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was studying Semiotics at University of Bologna

What's the plan now?
Trying to hide my awful French while living in Paris.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Flexibility.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Well, Treviso is a city where you can bike in the middle of the main square at 11 pm without meeting anyone on your way.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
Well, Treviso is a city where you can bike in the middle of the main square at 11 pm without meeting anyone on your way.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Go to mensa at after 1.15.

http://www.lascrittoria.com

In bocca al lupo, Nalis! (yeah, she taught us that too)

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September 26, 2006

Techno Tuesday

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September 25, 2006

Funny stop motion stuff

kinda makes you smile, if nothing else:

see more

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Angdoo

Jin angdoo Lee, Fabricante video director/animator launched her new portfolio site, check out some her videos there.

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By the way, a site featuring Fabricante's portfolios and websites are underway. Hopefully we will be able to let you know about it some time soon!


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Sugarcubes in concert, after 20 years

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For the celebration the 20th anniversary of the Sugarcubes, the band that brought us Bjork and exposed Icelandic rock internationally, they are getting back on stage and performing for the first time in 14 years.

All Bjork fans gear up! 17 November in Reykjavik.

via Kottke

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September 22, 2006

Bike chair

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Furniture made entirely out of bike parts. I love the horn on this chair, great mix of functionalities, no?

See more: http://www.bikefurniture.com

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rechargable solar panel

The idea of solar panel charging to battery isn't so new anymore, but after reading this post from Treehugger, I wonder why I haven't already got one of these:

With this portable solar panel, I charge my MP3 player, a portable amplifier, a set of battery-powered Sony surround sound speakers, a cellular phone, a digital camera, two LED lamps, a LED booklight, and a LED flashlight. If you are already positioning yourself to optimize sunlight, it is quite simple to do this. If I added a $50 solar panel, I can power two laptop computer, and have all of my audio-visual and computer devices running on renewable energy.

Link

The charger outputs 3.6/5.5V at 300mA, which works for most gadgets. Now instead of saying "oh, I forgot to charge my cellphone", I can say "oh, it's cloudy, i can't charge my cellphone". Awesome.

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Speaking of robots...

Chris pointed me to this cute Hyundai ad

here's a hi-res version with better quality


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September 21, 2006

Argobot has left the building

Hailed from Toronto Canada via New York, Mark Argo, handle: Argobot, is the first of the Robot Guy trio to have left the building. Daniel, Mark, and myself comprise the Robot Guy trio as we came to visit Fabrica after finishing an exhibition of robots. Then we found our way here, thinking that there were robots to be made, but Fabrica didn't really need any more robots as we would soon discover -- everybody here is a robot, one way or another. And then no one called us the Robot Guy anymore.

Mark left his marks (har har) amongst the Fabricanti for running an irreplacable server that saved us from being bored to tears on a normal night in Treviso. Besides "that-cellphone-upload-picture-frame-thing", He also has a full array of gadgets he created here at Fabrica, check them out here.

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Mark "Marktyler" Argo, Interactive Department, March 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Build robots and eat mexican food.

But seriously, after graduating from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Department in New York I went with two fellow talented artists to Nice, France to do a gallery installation involving Robots. The project -- called 'Nicebots' -- had us build almost 30 robots by-hand. Our studio / robot-lab was in the gallery space allowing museum patrons to walk in and observe our work, ask questions and even help out. After we created a Nicebot we let it go and live in the adjacent gallery space, occasionally tweaking its programming/personality so you could watch the small robot community evolve. It was one of the most rewarding and education experienced i've ever had.

And then came Fabrica.

What's the plan now?
Well, assuming things calm down politically I'll be heading to Thailand to work on interactives for NDMI - a new museum in downtown Bangkok. I'm also going to be researching my next major installation to be hosted in Toronto next summer. It's highly inspired by my experience with Nicebots, but will involve me creating consumer electronics instead of robots. It's pretty much my dream project, so I'm quite excited.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Back in the day, when I was deciding whether or not to come to Fabrica, I rationalized it as so:

I had just finished school. I wanted to keep my creative momentum going. I had no desire to *work* again. I wanted to travel and be inspired.

In the end I understood that I had no clue what the next step for me was going to be, but I figured that getting paid to live in the tranquility of rural Italy would be a good place to sort that out, and that by the end I would at least have a better idea of where to go. Fabrica has delivered just that.

I have been able to slow down my pace and observe, which is critical after several years of being in the intense environment of New York. At the same time I did something I've never tried before, and that's to focus all my attention on one project - slowly crafting the idea into something i like. As a result 'Commpose' -- the bluetooth uploading thing -- has been installed in three continents, has received several offers for future installations, and will soon have an academic paper published. For that I've got to thank the support of Fabrica, especially Andy Cameron who really helped back the concept.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso:
I think Treviso has a lot of charms, but also a lot of frustrations for the kid who has only living in major city centers all his life. It's picturesque and welcoming. I'll always remember the feeling of coming back to Treviso from New York, Toronto or anywhere else, and feeling the tranquility and security that these people enjoy. Walking at night with my suitcase through a desolate parking lot and not having to keep my eye open for crooks. Sometimes I don't think they realize how good they've got it.

There's also the people. My Dad used to always extol the virtues of Italians from his days as a backpacker in Europe. And I've got to agree with him. Italians are generally warm and happy people who overflow with energy and look incredible. They live life the way they want to, and flaunt some version of logic and order that I think is beyond the capacity of most foreigners.

Oh yeah, and the food (of course).

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The bubble. I need to escape the bubble. We all know it's not real - but it feels so comfortable. This is what virtual reality is going to feel like in the future.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Geez. Tough to say.

Travel as much as possible. Bologna is close and fun. Amsterdam is fairly cheap and really fun. Milan is great during Design Week. Rome and Florence cannot be missed. Rent a car and drive through the country. Stay at an Agriturismo in Tuscany. Take a train to Lubijana. To to the museums in Vienna. Drive through Switzerland. The list goes on and on. You'll never be this carefree in Europe again.

Most importantly, don't lose focus on your own work or doing what will make you happy. Fabrica needs you just as much as you need them, and they owe you a pleasant balance between their projects and your artistic development. If you can't learn, then they can't call themselves an educational institution. Raise your voice if you have to, but be reasonable. You should be able to leave this place with a nice portfolio of great work, and confidence in your creative ambitions.

http://markargo.com

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It's Mensa* Time! Widget

Announcing the coolest widget a Fabricante could ever have:

Mensalady Widget for OS X

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What it does:

The widget will say "Its mensa time!" at 12:40 regardles it's visible or not. It will also show random crazy quotes, and if you click on the mensa lady, she will turn around and show you the daily menu.

Want it? It's currently in its final testing phase, so contact me if you want to be a beta tester.

This wicked widget is developed by our software expert Oriol Ferrer Mesi , illustration is by the one-and-only Tech Tuesday's Andy Rementer, and the writing is by the resident funny writer, Matt Prins.

* If you must know: here at Fabrica we eat lunch at the Benetton canteen, known as "Mensa" to us, on a daily basis. A mensa lady is our cafeteria girl. And since we're in Italy, lunch is about the best part of the day -- we wake up and come to work looking forward to it. Yeah, it's an inside joke, but so is half of this blog.

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Work of a Trial Guy

The way it goes for Fabrica student is that you submit a portfolio to Fabrica and after some time of evaluation, you are invited to come for a "Trial" period of two weeks where you're given some assignments to show off your skills and also figure out if you can stand living in this Bubble-land. Trial kids come from all over the world, and most of the time, it is a frightening experience -- what with the language and different culture, plus having to get to know everybody who all seem to have been here forever. It's like being an incoming freshmen (foreign exchange for that matter), but just two or three of you versus fifty seniors in highschool.

Anyway, there were a lot of buzz about the work by Mr. Lee, the charismatic Trial guy from Korea who spoke an adorable version of English and left a week ago. So much talk about his work that I had to stop by and asked him via a translator if I could post the images he created on the blog:

and here they are:

These are mostly portraits of the graphic design fabricanti. They're just so perfect for the Fabrica blog. Good luck Mr. Lee!

(flash plugin as a slide viewer, it probably doesn't show up if you're reading this via an RSS reader)


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September 20, 2006

OOOoooo AAAaaaaa

These are SO COOL! It makes me want to order them right away, but with Italian postal service, I might be gone before I get them... but man, check these out!

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Moo prints little mini cards from your favorite flickr photo collections and you can use them, as, yes, business card that we all dread designing! They are half the size of a normal business cards (which makes it even cooler), The process seems to be streamlined with your flickr login, AND if you are a pro member, you get 10 free ones!

via the ever so cool, Boing Boing

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This should be fun

for taking us around the building! wee!!!! go design!

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more info here

via Boing Boing

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Shining subway track for art

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"Work on the Tracks" is a project by Jan Sledz and Henning Tilp in Berlin.

One rail of the two tracks running through an underground station was polished until shined brightly, standing apart from the other soot covered rail. Nuts of the polished rail were covered in gold caps. All of it to call an imagination of cleanliness.

The project was the winner of the annual competition by the Neuen Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (NGBK) Berlin, the topic of that year was "Cleanliness, Service, Security".

I really like this because instead of making anything more (sculpture, poster, sticker, or anything else that actually just litters the public space) to promote cleanliness, service, and security -- they simply cleaned the track and offer an image of what cleanliness could be. It is ephemeral, relational, and strikes the communication objective at the bull's eye.

Read and see more pictures here.

via VVORK

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September 19, 2006

Techno Tuesday

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New Italian invention: the Laundry Index

It's been very very rainy up here in the North for the past, oh, week or so. During the fall where the weather is mostly unpredictable, you never know when it's a good day for laundry and as a result we all suffer from wearing dampy clothes and using smelly towel (because it never dries!), don't we?

A Milan-based web company have launched stendibiancheria.net, a service that depicts the Laundry Index for the day. Ranging on a scale of 1-100, the bigger the number, the better chance of having your laundry dried for the day. Combining some kind of mathematical formula with the weather forecast, the company arrives at this index that will help you plan the day.

The service is only limited to the city dwellers for now, but if you are in Milan, give it a try (I guess us Trevisians can try the Venice index). They have a free text-messaging service so that you receive an SMS of the Laundry Index just in time to dry your clothes before heading off to work.

Read more: Wired News

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September 18, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 9

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We mentioned the Colors Notebook project; however we did not deliver the images. Now is your turn to have a sneak peak to the project organized by Colors. The notebooks will be at the Centre Pompidou where the visitors to FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre will be able to see all of the notebooks there.
The filming is for a short film that will be presented there, a documentation of the traveling around the world. These are a preview of what’s to come.

Natalie showing a Notebook to the camera...
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and an instant later, Natalie is showing a Notebook to us.
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Photographing pesticides

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American photographer Laurie Turmer's Glowing Evidence is a set of photos of the presence of synthetic pesticides around us. Borrowing the technique developed by scientist to give farmworkers a more accurate picture of their pesticide exporsures (like the picture above does), Turmer photographs objects that are found around non-farmworkers daily lives: a coke can, children toys, flowers, etc.

They're kind of eerie, showing just how much we really don't see. See more at her portfolio, or read about it from Treehugger.

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"Maybe you're just not the creative type"

You thought we wouldn't notice is a blog about ripped off, copies, and essentially, originality of ideas.

Like how video artist Robin Rhode's piece "inspired" a Nike ad (Rhode was at the Italian pavillion at the Venice Biennale last year, if you went, you'd remember his style):

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Nike ad:
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click here to watch the video

One could register on the site and post as well, if you keep track of that kind of stuff.

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September 15, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 8

So this thing of voting pictures is becoming bigger. No it's not only Ashley who's asking for democratic votes, but two more photographers, Olivia and Philipp, are following the example... It's actually a very interesting process, because our taste seem to be so different: I've just had a conversation about the selection, with our soccer star Yianni Hill (please look at V as Victory ...), and we were both noticing how tough is hoosing only five opictures to vote out of so many nice shot...
I've already talk to you about Olivia's work and now I had a chance of giving a look to Philipp Ebeling's work about Climate. The focus of his project his investigating the change of weather and environment as a consequence of human developement. To look at this from the best prospective, Pilipp spent few months in the place hat's nowdays the symbol of fast ad disordered developement: China. I wish I had some picture of the pictures to show you... well, you know you just have to make a move to Paris to see them...

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FIN III

Good Fish Friday everybody. It's a rainy day in Treviso and slow day on the net, time for Fabrica Insider News...

Don't know what in the hade is going on, but we have had power outages every day this week! Has anyone been counting? Just as everything seems to be going so normal, our electricity is going on strike!! Can't we ever have a normal work environment around here?

Congratulation to Lisa Martelli who tied the knot last weekend! Our resident Carey Bradshaw look-alike is no longer single, whooot!
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(and just for that, you have the honored of being the first for embarrassing photos on FIN)

And speaking of getting hitched, it will be Valentina Carretta's turn tomorrow. We hope the gods don't rain on your wedding day like they did this morning! And congrats to you too Vale!

Wow, two weddings in two weeks! Aren't we busy birds and bees around here...

You might have noticed that we've been putting up all sorts of posting about what's going to happen at the FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre - there's a daily post and also a You Tube video channel set up just for us to hype it up. By now you probably got a sense of how big of a deal this even is to Fabrica. According to reliable sources, our mother company has booked 1,000 hotel rooms in Paris for the VIPs, the press, the Family. Impressive number, no? Though, us the artisan craftsmen of the show still dont' know where to stay, when to leave, or who even gets to go to the event. 3 weeks left and counting down!

Besides the normal chaos of daily work life, there is a little romance emerging from all of it. A golden boy and a golden girl have been spotted around the smoking ring more than once or twice. He a creative writer and she a graphic designer. Cute. We imagined that they talk a lot about words and their placements, while some of us look on with broken hearts.

Two amusing trial guys are leaving us this weekend after two gruesome week of having to fit-in with our eclectic crowd. American Brad and Korean Mr. Lee -- good luck to you, and maybe we'll see you back soon?

Mr. Lee our Shaolin goal keeper last night:
no problem!

Tons of people are leaving next week or have left already or even came back from leaving that I can't even keep track anymore. So please contact me if you would like to do a "has left the building" post.

Good day and good weekend.

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September 14, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 7

I was at the Fabrica patio and the conversation about life and death arose. This conversation has been a constant in Fabrica lately as the work of Ashley Gilbertson is on display in one of the most sociable areas of the building. He has asked us to judge is work, to vote for the most striking and powerful images of his project called Death and Birth.

The conversation was between Pia and Juan and they had their different take on the images. Juan just said “the pictures are cheesy, better said, a bit cheesy.” Then he added that the selection process was a good thing. While Pia, on the other hand, said some of the images are “very memorable.” The photo project by Ashley will be displayed at FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.

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Voting system for the images.

Pia continued to argue: “I like the picture of the old lady, it is the most shocking and disturbing image out of the selection; it is thought-provoking.” Juan thought the best image was the one of the large guy with the child’s coffin. Pia replayed “I like the dark one, the one of the profile of a dead guy in his storage box for the morgue." I personally like the one of the three generations looking into the hole.

The best part of Ashley’s exercise is that he is creating a buzz of his work. The final selection is still to be made and the images are already controversial amongst us. It will be a nice show of very contrasting images, as the subject is by itself: Death and Birth.

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Pia and Juan Arguing about the images of Ashley Gilbertson.

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Walk on water

"Bridge" is a site-specific installation commissioned for a formal church in London, Dilston Grove. The installation floods the church with water and it is "a series of steps which rise out of the apparently empty man-made ‘lake’ as you walk across them. Each step emerges one step in front of you and disappears back underneath behind you as you go. This ‘bridge’ is purely mechanical, the weight of the person on it depresses each step a little, this force activates a submerged mechanism which raises the next step."

The visitors to the space is invited to walk on it and be stranded in the middle of the plane of water.

Now that's my idea of fun, don't you think so? It's like a mario game of sort.

MICHAEL CROSS
Bridge - A site-specific design installation for Dilston Grove.
Curated and commissioned by Andrée Cooke.

Exhibition - 20th Sept - 29th Oct
Open - Wed - Sun - 11 am - 4 pm

full info here (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

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Go to a class in a game

You can do just about everything you ever want to do in a video game: shoot an AK47, drive the best car, save a life, die and reborn (again and again and again) and now, you can go to Harvard Law.

A new Harvard class entitled CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion will be jointly held in the real Harvard Law School and in the virtual world of Second Life.

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Reverse Graffiti

We like talking about street art and graffiti because we think they are great methods of communication in public space, and street artists are the ones that continue to push the boundaries of these methods. (wow, don't I sound boring) Anyway, this is one of those artists who brings it up a notch:

"Moose" makes his graffiti by cleaning off dirt from public surfaces. Now the cops don't know what to make of it. Brilliant, no?

Moose, whose real name is Paul Curtis, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that he got the idea when he saw that people had written their names with their fingers on dirty tunnel walls in his hometown of Leeds. Moose does some freehand drawing, but also uses the grid from wall tiles to create perfect shapes and letters.

The tools are simple: A shoe brush, water and elbow grease, he says.

British authorities aren't sure what to make of the artist who is creating graffiti by cleaning the grime of urban life. The Leeds City Council has been considering what to do with Moose. "I'm waiting for the kind of Monty Python court case where exhibit A is a pot of cleaning fluid and exhibit B is a pair of my old socks," he jokes.

Link to NPR Interview.

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Grazie Bush...

"At the start of the Iraq war, the artist sweza, who at the time was studying in Bologna, Italy, manipulated over 50 "attention roadworks" signs in the neighborhood making the workers into undertakers using a very simple stencil. He added the words "grazie bush lavoro per tutti" which can be translated to "Thank you Mr. Bush for creating Jobs for everybody"

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September 13, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 6

So few months ago the COLORS magazine project for FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre begun.
Many people around the world were given empty copies of the magazine to fill. By empty, I mean the cover just had the name and it was all white, ans so was the inside of what is called the COLORS notebook.
So all the copies are back now, filled up with what those people thought is was interesting to write, draw, create. After a selection, the best ones will be shown at the Pompidou.
I've just seen them and they are quite amazing, both because of the great ideas (most of the people who made them are not professionists...) and of the various places they come from (from Ucrain to Trinidad de Tobago...). Because, it goes without saying, COLORS is a magazine about the rest of the world.
Pictures soon, stay tuned.

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New word for the day: Scanlator

Interesting article from Japan Times

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Hardcore manga fans around the world are taking their Japanese comics off the shelf and putting them into the microwave.

"They do that so the glue melts, which allows them to take apart the volume page by page so they can be scanned easily," ...

Why would folks do that to their precious and costly imported comic books? Because they are "scanlators," a growing community of fans whose love of Japanese manga drives them to take each page, scan it into their computer, then translate the material from Japanese into English and upload it to the Internet for a wider audience to enjoy for free.

Read more: Fans lift J-culture over language barrier

(image from a scanlated Naruto Pilot)

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Have you seen the SIZE of that thing?

Apple announced the new iPod shuffle and nano yesterday, and while we don't blog much about gadgets because other people do it better, this one is sort of designy and cute and just damn small...

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the size is perfect for leaving it in your jeans pocket, forget about it, and throw in the washing machine.

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September 12, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 5.

I was talking today to Daniel Hirschman from the Interactive department and I asked him: “what’s your favorite installation in the exhibit for the Pompidou (excluding your own department)?” Daniel responded without hesitation, “the Dialogs project”. My next question was: “why?”

"The dialog between two speakers is only clearly heard from two specific spots in front of the installation. These places are at perpendicular to one another and as I view the work, listen to the dialog presented in front of me, I can watch and connect with the person listening to the dialog on the other side. While the voice speaks, a projection of the text is presented letter by letter on what looks like the digital character o an LCD. The communication by the voices and letters in juxtaposition to the positioning of the two listeners creates an interesting tension (heightened by the difficulty to hear the voices and read the text simultaneously) Fun!”

Dialogs, created by Francesco Meneghini will be at the FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.

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Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: On Your Own

FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.
Video that will be part of the exhibit.

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That Mega Bridge

Back in March, I blogged about the construction of the Bangkok Mega Bridge which uses the largest movable scaffolding system in the world. This bridge was constructed to help ease the traffic congestion around the BKK port. I'm telling you, the traffic congestion is a mega problem there, such that it requires a mega bridge...

construction pic:

Reader/visitor Suresh has informed me that bridge is now opened:

In his words: "Well the Mega Bridge is finished and the opening held yesterday (9/9/2549 - Thai calendar year. The bridge, despite its size is spectacular and highlighted by low energy digital lighting."

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If that's El or LED lights, those are the biggest one I had ever done seen!

More about BKK Mega Bridge from 2Bangkok.


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bid on eBay to be in a Chris Ware comic!

Current bid, at the time of posting is $1,530 USD. so, in case you have some spare cash... Personally I would totally go for it, if i was, say, Paris Hilton or equivalent in cash funds.

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The winner of the bid gets this:

The appearance in name and approximate drawn likeness, either as a 'supporting character' or more forthright personna, of the auction's 'winner' in an upcoming comic strip by the author/cartoonist, to appear sometime before the end of 2008 in serial (probably newspaper) form, and later to be reprinted in collected form at an unspecified, and probably quite alarmingly later, date."

"I'll be happy to send a signed copy of the strip in which the person appears (which will likely be in the local weekly newspaper) but only on the proviso that the person in question doesn't get mad or otherwise grow to despise me if their likeness is construed as satirical, incorrect, unflattering or in any way unliterary.

100% of the proceed goes to the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.

FAP is also having bids from other prominent authors to name a charactor in their upcoming book to the bid winner. Pretty interesting tac tic for fundraising.

via Boing Boing

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Techno Tuesday

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September 11, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 4.

Here at Farbica we often have visitors of different kinds: journalists, experts in communications, parents, courious people. The tour is pretty much always the same: people walk into the nice building and check out the stuff we make here, going through the different departments. One thing that usually happens is that they go to the photography department and it’s almost a desert. There might be one or two photographers around, hardly more. This because they work in the real word, where things happen. So for FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre, they have left the building a while ago to work on their project, and they travelled all over the world.
The six individual projects create a single collective report of the ongoing changes in the world: I SEE.

The Middle Distance, by Olivia Arthur, examins the different attitudes towards women in the cultural cross-over between East and West by looking at young women in the countries that straddle the border of Europe and Asia, at what they hope for in life and at the pressures and expectations put on them by their societies that may restrict it. The pictures tell the stories of women from the trans-continental eurasian countries and investigate the ways in which societies show respect for women as the centre of the cultural and religious fight between modernisation and tradition, between a simple respect for women's dignity and the one for their freedom of choosing their own lives.

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Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Fuck TV

FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.
Video that will be part of the exhibit.


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A4 Sculptures

Check out these amazing A4 paper cut-out sculptures...

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by Peter Callesen (and a wonderful portfolio, by the way)

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Banksy is busy

Just last week we were admiring what Banksy does and knows how to do it better anyone, it seems. He's got just the right touch. And now's another:

From Wooster Collective:

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Families visiting Disneyland on their holiday this week saw a life-size Guantanamo bay inmate standing inside the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim California.

The sculpture, consisting of an inflatable doll dressed in an orange jumpsuit with its hands and feet manacled remained in place for one and a half hours before Disneyland's security staff shut down the ride and removed it amid fears over public safety.

We can't wait until Banksy has a 'retrospective' in the Guggenheim or the Tate... We're also wondering if Banksy has clones all over the globe.

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Chinglish

Oh, we love anything that signifies the internationalising of culture and language here at Fabrica, so these BoingBoing posts about Chingrish cracked us up.

Especially loving this:

Wha?? Read more here and here.

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Vogue Italia gets in with war on terror

We gotta hand it to the Italians for turning anything into high fashion

The newest issue of Vogue Italia presents "State of Emergency" fashion shots by Steven Miesel, check out the flash move from Vogue Italia site (warning: cheesy) or have a better look at these page scans.

As disturbing as they might seem to some, these are really great photos and I couldn't help but reposting them here:

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see all from foto decadent

Just in time for the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11 -- what, is Vogue making some sort of political statement?

via Boing Boing

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September 08, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Elevator

FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.
Video that will be part of the exhibit.

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Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 3

One day closer to Paris. I had just opened the text editor to write this diary for the first time when I heard noise and excitment from upstairs. Upstairs from Writing Department (where I am actually writing from) means Interactive Department. I went upstairs trying to understand what was that about and I found out it's because The Tuned Stairs are done.

What the Tuned Stairs are is something we in writing know quite well because to get them ready hammers, drills, saws and other noisy tools have been needed. And as if that wasn't enough, the stairs themselves are called Tuned, not Silent. So the first prototype had mechanic sounds and then they have been changed with metal bells, animal noises, guitar strings, plasrtic bells... all trying to find the kind of sound that would have perfectly fit the stairs. This means that downstairs we were kind of forced to listen to the non-stop stairs concert…

But now they are done in the last version: xylophone’s sounds… they’re amazing! And since I have been about to go crazy for the made-up noises more than once, you can trust my opinion…

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September 07, 2006

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Ice

FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.
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Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 2

This is the second day of this diary. The show of Fabrica: Ley Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre will not only include the projects from Fabrica but also movie screenings from movies produced and co-produced by Fabrica. The schedule of the Festival Fabrica Cinema is published at the Centre Pompidou Website. Here is a link to the trailer of the award wining No Man’s Land.

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Lumalive, ready for commercialization

"with Lumalive technology, you can create fabrics that carry dynamic advertisements, graphics, and even constantly changing color surfaces"

well, that's cool and all.. but somehow this is all so ... cheesy looking... i probably wouldn't be caught dead walking around with a light up logo. where's design?!

Lumalive from Phillips:

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Birth control pills necklace

Do you want to sleep with me?, designed by Angela Jansen, is based on the observation that some products are no fun to buy. We need them, but get no feeling of reward when we buy them, so they seem like a waste of money. This project makes buying one such product, birth control pills, more rewarding.
It turns them into a thing of beauty. And it also allows the man in the relationship to invest in the pills as a gift.

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kind of a cool idea, not sure if i'd wear it though... what happens when you're running out? or do you wear the empty ones?

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flashbag

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Flashbag - USB drive with a built in micropump that indicates how much storage space you have left. Made me smile.

(via brandspankingnew)

cute!

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Graffiti Research Lab at Ars

Regine covered the GRL's talk given at Ars Electronica on her blog, with a laundry list of the graffiti artists the GRL duo (Even Roth and James Powderly) found most inspiring.

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Their works has a lot to do with the hacking mentality. They don’t define themselves as graffiti artists but rather as graffiti engineers, a bit in the style of Q, the gadget guy who devised accessories for James Bond. Their work is an extension of the graffiti and aims to provide graffiti writers, street artists and protesters with new tools in order to help them take back public space and challenge corporate culture. All their work is OS, that was one of the requirements to work at Eyebeam.

Check out Graffiti Research Lab's talk at ars electronica

We, the Fabricanti, missed this talk because it was too early for us on a sunday morning (seriously, why??!! what artists/programmers are ever up that early?!?), but we thank the Internet for the bloggers and their blogs

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More Banksy / Paris Hilton stuff

Following the recent post we put up earlier..

Here's a Flickr set of a Paris Hilton CD doctored by Banksy

we're still laughing.

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Windowzoo

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From Beat in Switzerland:

the idea of Windowzoo is simple. you know those bird-stickers one uses to scare birds away from big glass-surfaces (so they won't fly into the glass)? my firned started making his own bird-shapes out of sticky foil, and keeps putting them up on various locations all around the world - but almost always on glass, also besides the "boring" standard-stickers. As this is non-destructive art only visible to those with keen eyes and a sense for discovering the unusual, it remains exhibited longer - and generates more buzz among those in the know.

right now there are 169 birds in 55 cities all around the globe. have a look at the worldmap showing the locations that he put up in the "about" section.

posting this because if you see it, you'll know what it's all about...

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Helvetica the Movie

Here comes the perfect movie for all font nerds: Helvetica, a feature-length documentary film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It includes interviews with graphic designers from all over (mostly the western countries who use the font anyway) and the website has some really nice looking stills.

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Helvetica the font will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year (2007), and that's when this movie will start screening world wide.

Already anxious? You can join their mailing list or buy the merchandise from the website.

http://helveticafilm.com

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September 06, 2006

FIN episode 2

It's now time for our next installment of Fabrica Insider News...

Hooray! We finally got paid on September 1st, which makes it about 11 days late, but all drama has subsided. That B&B in Puglia thought our friends were scammers and had a field day of calling Benetton headquarter office, who, of course, knows nothing about us Fabricanti. And now that we've gotten pay, we can all resume our weekend drinking duties again.

Word on the street has it that Grisha is fully recovered from his blood-poisoning symptoms and will be back at work next Tuesday. Don't forget to give him a warm welcome home hug, boy sure been through a lot of stuff for a vacation.

And what is up with this weather? It was cold all August and now it's hot and sunny. Summer is back, unfortunately work is back too.

Prima, our animated Thai designer came back from a 4-week road trip adventure a changed woman. When she started her Fabrica days she was an innocent shy girl who's never left home, now that she's about to leave and go home again, she's done it all: wore bikinis on the beach for the first time, sun bathed, learned to drink alcohol, and ... well.. there are some other details we need not get into. Let's just say, she's all grownz up.

Adam the traveling photographer has now made it to Congo. Ever since he started this fishermen-shoot trip for slowfood, he's had a harddrive failure in Alaska, a backup problem in Italy, a harddrive lost in Japan, and now his SD card fails to read in the Congo. Judging from his frantic text message, I somehow doubt that he'll have access to google how to recover his photos. Best wishes Adam! And don't format that SD card cuz you can recover it later!!! (oh I hope you got my text) Dude def'ly needs a traveling tech assistant.

One exciting development is that Techno Tuesday, our ever so popular comic strip will be getting its own domain in the near future!

The faith of this blog hangs in the air at the moment because I, the chief editor and caretaker of this space, will be making my exit from this concrete bunker soon. We might work something out to keep it going, but as you know, one never knows what the plan is at Fabrica (about anything) even when you're in the middle of it. So stay tune for the status, but please stop asking me about it!

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Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview.

Fabrica at the Pompidou Centre.
Video that will be part of the exhibit.

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Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 1

In a month, Fabrica will have a big show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. This feature will be a sort of diary about the journey from Treviso to Paris. This is my first post for the Fabrica Blog, yet I have been a Fabricante for almost a year… never to late to start. Now I will tell you the tales of the show, the people involved, the mishaps, the gossip, basically anything I hear about the show and the building of it, I will share. This is day one and only the beginning, so today I will explain the contents of the feature. Here, I will introduce the projects involved and the people that create them, also my own personal experience with the show, as I am part of one project… you get the point.
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The Fabrica at Pompidou Centre show will happen in a month and the postings here will be your preview to the show. Hope you enjoy. The show will happen and it will be big.

Yesterday and the day before, I did a couple of interviews for the show. I can’t really talk about them now, as the project is directed under some sort of secrecy. Sometimes I don’t even know what’s happening the next day. But what I can say is that the interviews took place in Milan and Florence, I interviewed an economist and an ecofeminist-political activist. I will talk more about the interviews and the project in some days; but now I will tell you about driving through Italy. Driving around Tuscany we found an artificial lake, we stopped on the side of the road. I had no swimsuit, so I didn’t swim but Giuglio (Camera wonder kid) and Greg (project director) did. I read a book. The whole scenario made me wonder, in my country, Mexico, you never stop at a lake for a quick swim, lakes are polluted and nasty, and here they welcome you with topless sunbathers and clean water. It was nice. After a great afternoon, traffic. Argh! Longest trip, we ate like trillions of gas station sandwiches, I have to say my favorite is the Buffalino sandwich at Autogrill. It rocks.
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That’s all for now. Stay tuned.

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We still love Banksy

from Boing Boing:

UK graffiti virtuoso Banksy has smuggled 500 doctored versions of Paris Hilton's new CD into stores across the country. The CD contain Banksy's remixes and have titles like "Why am I Famous?," "What Have I Done?" and "What Am I For?"

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His spokeswoman said he had tampered with the CDs in branches of HMV and Virgin as well as independent record stores.

He visited cities including Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London, she added.

A spokesman for HMV said the chain had recovered seven CDs from two Brighton shops but was unaware that other locations were affected...

A spokesman for Virgin Megastores said staff were searching for affected CDs but it was proving hard to find them all.

"I have to take my hat off - it's a very good stunt," he added.

Youtube video from nerdcore.de

UPDATE: BBC article on the story

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Panty design

Because we like unconventional design here at Fabrica...

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Public Hair Panty from Miss Geschick and Lady Lapsus

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The Brett Ryan Porkestra, on tour

And this one goes on the weirdest ex-Fabricanti list...

The ever so eclectic Brett Ryan who popped into Fabrica earlier this year with his mad saxophone skills will be traveling around Europe from now until the opening of Fabrica's exhibit at the Centre Pompidou in the beginning of October.

Yesterday, he stopped by Fabrica and disrupted our quiet work hours with his outlandish, shocking pink outfit:
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video:

Brett also has a myspace page where you can check out his music and performance schedule. Brett and Nicole will be traveling to various cities in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. They will be somewhere on the streets and there's no specific time for any where, so if you catch a glimpse of this, consider yourself very lucky.

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September 05, 2006

Fabrica goes to Ars Electronica

Last weekend, a few of us from the Fabrica Interactive department took a road trip to Linz to go to the Ars Electronica festival, what people make out to be the mecca for the techy art world. It is probably the biggest and oldest festival of new media in Europe, and every year the art nerds travel there to congregate -- we were amongst those people.

We had fun checking out installations, even though some weren't working and some were just way boring for "new media". But we did get to see the amazing Toshio Iwai gave a lecture and demonstration on his work, which was very inspiring.

Some pictures from the festival taken by Oriol, Juan, and myself are in the Fabrica Flickr pool.

Juan has a review of some the works we saw, in Spanish. I have a little rant of how it wasn't all that it is cracked out to be this year. But if you're looking for an in-depth, more journalistic coverage, head over to WMMNA's Ars Electronica section.

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R.I.P Steve Irwin

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It is all very sad and gloomy for us to have learned about Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter's sudden death from a stingray attack yesterday. It's a big loss of a TV personality and to animal lovers around the world. Our heart goes out to his family and fans.

''When he orders a pizza, he's just as crazy as when he jumps on a croc,'' Adam Ruby, 26, said Monday as he and the rest of the world learned of Irwin's sudden death.

That energy was infectious and staff at the Australia Zoo loved to sit around Irwin as he regaled them with stories of his adventures.

''When he went away, the zoo would be so boring. When he'd come back even though he'd give you more work to do it was fun. Even the animals knew he was there; just because he was so loud.''

(canada.com)

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Looking back and forward on Pong

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While there have been many museum exhibitions on video games, when one game gets its own exhibition, it is something special. The Computer Game Museum in Berlin has a show dedicated to the ground breaking game, Pong. They've included all the iterations and interpretations of the game, from the giant sized to the miniature, and everything in between. Most notable is this brilliant version of Pong, which is based on sound.

Via Joystiq

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[VVORK for the day]

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»Tracing Future«, by Ram Katzir.

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Techno Tuesday

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September 04, 2006

Andy makes-money-not-art

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The fabulous Regine Debatty, who visited us back in May, just published an interview with Andy Cameron on her lovely site. Check it out.

In the interview there's a mention of Andy as a founding member of Antirom collective, and which we would like to just give a nod...

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September 01, 2006

Useful Stuff: Slides

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Imagine that you have a folder full of images, where half of them need to be dumped, but some need to be kept. That's quite a tedious process to go through... And Slides!, for Mac OS X, makes it as minimalist as possible.

Drop the folder into Slides! and start deciding what you like and what you don't. Its full screen interface can't be easier; right-key shows next picture, left-key shows previous. If you don't like one pict, press the Delete key, and it will be marked for deletion. If you like it, press right to see the next one. When you're finished deciding, press Esc, and you are done. The good pics are where they where, the bad one are in the trash.

Slides! is a great and lightweight tool for discarding images. The only downside? It is PPC only, so it doesn't work as smoothly as it should on Intel macs. Hopefully it will be ported to Universal Binary soon!

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