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October 31, 2006

Pumpkins are so last season!

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Why not really make an impression at the Halloween party this year by turning up as a prick! A great icebreaker i'm sure and also the perfect excuse for getting completely drunk and acting like a dick!

Happy Halloween people.

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Techno Tuesday

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Happy techno halloween!

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October 30, 2006

Is that your body clock ringing?

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The Mitsubishi D702iF cellphone for NTT DoCoMo is the ultimate in female target marketing. It looks like an ordinary clamshell model but in fact it has a built in fertility cycle predictor to let you know when you're fertile and ready to conceive.

I have absolutely no idea how this works but having previously used Persona (a fertility prediction kit) which involved peeing onto a stick each morning, I can not believe that this would be the same technology used in a cellphone! Or at least I hope it isn't! You could really mess up the buttons by peeing on your phone each day!

Anyway it's an interesting concept and could be a vital for every girl's handbag. Just add a vibrator and some semen and you've got the complete package, no men required! Oh how simple our lives would be!

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Freeze

If you’re in London, at the Frieze Art Fair maybe, be sure to check out our very own Bethany Koby and Selwa Sweidan’s “Freeze: A Settling of Elements on One Another.” The interactive exhibit takes place at the b store on Savile Row until November 5th.

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“The ‘Freeze’ installation underlines the immateriality of the value of objects, while embracing the duality and irony in creating ephemeral goods and presenting this experience as a souvenir. In using ice as a medium we are prolonging the act of “appreciation” and observance of art, objects, process and situations.”

Visit here for a review and a video on the project and here for the project card.

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Halloween finds Fabrica

Something strange happened last week. The Writing and Interactive Departments were taken over by flies. Teeming, disgusting, relentless black flies. They buzzed in ears. They landed in hair. They fornicated on desktops. They completely invaded our personal space. And now... this Monday, their presence has vanished completely.

What drove them away? A greater evil? Insecticide? Poop in the fields?

Beware Fabricante. This is only the beginning.

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October 27, 2006

Trial Tip: #4

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Friday Alphabet

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Late this friday afternoon Eric Faggin and Amélie Marciasini proudly present the first letter of their respective alphabets. Every week Amélie and Eric will each make a letter and then exchange it with each other. Each in turn will then interpret the other's letter, putting it into a new surrounding or adding a different touch, thus creating an richly varied alphabet that is a mixture of different techniques and styles. This week we begin with the letter A. Eric began with an illustration, and Amélie began with textiles. Here are the resulting A's.

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interventions

Christian Hasucha creates projects which have been titled as “interventions.”
Here is one:
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“In the intervention “Pulheim Castling” two square areas (5×5 meters) are selected. One is located in front of the Pulheim high school. The other is located in front of the abbey in the district of Brauweiler, a distance of 5 kilometres. With the help of a professional archaeologist the sites are measured, meticulously documented and then their locations are exchanged. Road surfacing, grass, asphalt, bicycle stands, a piece of fence and garbage bins change location. The cobblestones and their white marking lines are clasped in a steel girder for transport. They are carefully re-aligned in their new location.”

Here are all the other interventions.

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the youtubers

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October 26, 2006

Newbee 2

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Yes, Selwa left us yesterday which affects this weeks entrie and style. But of course Selwa was a lady with a great sense of what was on, and as I got to know, her mother aswell. After freebeenight yesterday I got the great honour to inherit her mothers marvellous jacket and it is so sublime that it has a given place in the history of style.
And also, I want to keep these entries democratic so for those of you who do not have access to this brilliant jacket I have another hundredpercent waterproof tip in a store next to you where everything is 1 euro and where I get everything I need.
As Martin Margiela allready told us, printed fabrics on fabric is the shit. And so, for that reason, this lovely bag/ wallet is one of the best things to wear this autumn. It comes in four different colors and has a very practical zip pocket on the outside where there is room for 2-3 cents. Can it be better? Yes, Selwa could come back.

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Will Perrens

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Natalie showed me this new stop motion movie of her friend Will Perrens from London the other day. You should check it out: www.perrens.co.uk

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October 25, 2006

Gonna need a bigger pooper scooper

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Recently our humble little town of Treviso has been invaded by huge, plastic animals! Well, it's actually part of a travelling exhibition by the wacky art group Cracking Art. The enormous red frenchies in front of the Benetton mega-store are a definate crowd pleaser. See more pics (scusa, but it's in italian)

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Have you ever swallowed sea water?

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"A blue whale produces over 400 gallons of sperm when it ejaculates, but only 10% of that actually makes it into his mate. So 360 gallons are spilled into the water everytime one unloads.
You wondered why the ocean is so salty... Don't swallow the water!"

I got this from an email this morning! Sorry guys for posting this but it made me laugh, then panick!

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Trip across South America

Former Fabricanti Lorenzo Fonda and street artist Blu are taking off today for shooting a documentary in South America. Wish them luck and follow their trip on the travel diary:

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October 24, 2006

Selwa Sweidan has left the building

"Born in Malta. Played in the goat field across the street and hung out with my little sister and the rabbits. Moved to suburb of NY at 5. Returned to Malta at 10. Moved back to the US for college at age 17 (location: Northampton, MA)." Selwa Sweidan is Fabrica's international woman of mysery. And she's leaving tomorrow.

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What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was living in Parma, eating amazing ham ... and before that living in Tokyo eating lots of 'unagi donburi' (eel + rice) and ... so moving to Treviso was not a huge change.. though the accent is really different in Parma... I never knew there was a 'french' sounding italian accent until I went to Parma! (it's the r sound)..

What's the plan now?
Going back to Tokyo.. ! .. Visitors welcome! (after a few months to settle in of course)!

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
Definitely workshops and collaborations.. all due to the lovely Fabricanti here... A big thanks to Miss Koby for all our wonderful work together. Sam Baron for his support. Andy Cameron for giving me time ... and Renzo for signing all those papers!

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
Living in a city with water..and all the little bubbling brooks, streams and/or rivers.. is quite lovely! Plus there are some wonderful 'Osterias' for good 'apertivo'! (Tip: check out the one next to the big Benetton store in Piazza Signori.. it's down the small alley.)

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso?
Winter! It gets dark way too early, it's less appealing to bike to Fabrica in the cold and... a huge stock of movies is definitely necessary.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Thanks Fabricanti!!!!!

Farewell Sweet Selwa.

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Clever dicks

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This week my little brother Kyle who lives in Portugal bought himself some baby ducks for 1€ each. I have been needing to control my maternal desires, which seem to be getting stronger as i'm getting older, so i've decided that i'm actually their auntie. Which in italian is Zia, so i'm now Zia Pia to these little ducks. I'm insanely proud, and possibly a little crazy!

Anyway I wanted an excuse to share them with everyone but thought somehow I have to relate it to sex, as that is what The P-Spot is all about. So I decided to google 'duck sex' and I managed to find some interesting facts about the Agentine male duck.

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They have a penis as long as their body, which is like a cork screw! It also has a sort of brush on the end so it can clean out any other males sperm before he ejaculates inside the female, thus ensuring that it's his sperm that conceives.

Now what a clever dick that is hey!

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Techno Tuesday

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what the ...??!?

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October 23, 2006

Classic Cartoons

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Classic, theatrical cartoons from the golden age of animation. Blogged for your enjoyment. Nuff said. Check it out.

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October 20, 2006

Patrick Waterhouse will enter the building

They come in droves.

Just three weeks ago Patrick was on trial in the Graphic Design department. He's making his return next week in what must be some sort of record.

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I've been working for a design agency in London and am finishing up and trying to sort stuff out before leaving for the joys of Treviso!!

What was your first impression when you arrived in Fabrica (on trial)?
Military bunker......meets monastery....meets design studio!! It is quiter and cleaner than I had imagined. But before all of this I was thinking "is it in the mountains??" as i walked up the wrong path...

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
I suppose it's all the cliches of the place - working with peoples from all over the world with different perspectives and across different disciplines. Coming from a commercial environment I am also looking
forward to having the chance to develop my own work.

What are you afraid of?
Going on trial was quite a strange/nerve-racking experience but also exciting! And I think you get a lot of the fear out of your system.

What are you most looking forward to?
All of the above and getting fat on pizza, pasta and gelato...

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Trial Tip: #3

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Real Beauty

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Perfect video to watch if like me you're feeling a little rough today after a few to many vino rossi! Thank-you Dove for always making me appreciate my lovely lady lumps and less than perfect features! At least i'm keeping it real!

Campaign for Real Beauty.

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October 19, 2006

Is it wrong?

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I want to hate David Shrigley for many obvious reasons (namely his seemingly effortless success and talent) But I can't when he makes me laugh the way he does. Is it wrong to love him? Is it wrong to laugh?

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I'm on the pill

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'I'm on the Pill' from Dites Donc is a fantastic song worth listening to if you want a some contraceptive advice! Great lyrics like 'Forget about the babies, it's all about the ladies!' and 'I'm about to use control and I think I like it' are just 2 of my favourites. You can listen to it here.

The illustration I created for my mother to use when she teaches her sex education classes. If she plays this song during the lessons she will be coolest sex ed teacher around! Well of course i think this, she is my mum after all!

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HP to America: "Keep Eating!"

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I'm speechless. No, really, this has to be a sick dream.


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Newbee

In the strive of finding style in the jungle of Treviso this post and and more to come will try to give you suggestions, tricks and help you when you feel lost in the world of fashion, style and trends.
With an unpretentious starting point, even if some of you surely think that there is no way of being unpretentious in these matters, thursdays further on will be dedicaded to an easy styletip, which hopefully will enrich your weekend.
I lived with an old couple once, named Ulla and Kurt. Kurt had mintgreen jeans and smoked very strong cigarettes trying to avoid his wife to see it. Kurt did not have a hairdryer but he had another tip which I will now share with you. Every time after cleaning his hair he draped a t-shirt bandanastyle round his head and left it until the hair was dry, this gave him a perfectly flat coiffure. With this and also with the by Benetton copied Bohostyle that was shown at the fashionshow, we now have a perfect way of using the Fabrica sweater.
Since Treviso is getting colder, and it' s always a nice style to wear all your clothes at the same time.
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Also some tips on where to travel this autumn: http://www.thepurplelist.com/

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October 18, 2006

Another Fabloid

Time for some gossip.

The big opening of our Les Yeux Ouvert exhibition in Paris is over. The Fabricantis are back and have brought stories with them. Some jumped into the River Seine, which is at least 15 meters high, at least!!! Even quiet Oriol joined in after Hansi promised to stop smoking. Some injuries were caused by accident: Andy fell on Hansi, then on a bike and then, in the end, on the floor, woooh.)

The opening seemed to have been a success; people interacted with the interactive installations. Just the Stock Exchange of Visions seemed to have caused some confusion with the visitors.

Since last Wednesday the employees of the Centre Pompidou have been on strike and all exhibitions have been closed. It's been rumored that today they will resume work.

Hansi's last day in Fabrica was today. A big loss. His down-home spirit has been good to us. At this time Fabrica's staff is undergoing a lot of changes, many people have left us/will leave us, many new faces have arrived/will arrive...

An article in the UK based magazine Creative Review has created a lot of buzz. International, respected writer, Rick Poynor, has writen on Benetton's 40th anniversary. The majority of the article is dedicated to Fabrica's co-father Oliviero Toscani's flaming nature. But in the end there is also a résumé of Fabrica's recent output:

None of this body-morphing is the slightest bit frightening or challenging. It’s corny and dull. One looks in vain through Fabrica 10, or at Benetton’s recent ad campaigns, for any sign that the company is living up to its bold claim to be shaping the future of visual communication. In their time, Toscani’s unprecedented visual gestures could hardly have provoked more disquiet. Things are a lot less subversive without Kalman. Say what you like about their motivation and ideas, Benetton took a genuine risk with these collaborators. As it turns 40, the fashion giant looks like an outfit that has lost its sense of creative direction. No longer posing any real threat to the essential divide between editorial and advertising, or even to ordinary good taste, Benetton blends uneventfully into the landscape of ubiquitous but not very exciting global brands.

www.e-cr.co.uk/crblog/?p=184

Because it's not possible to post any comment on their site, please post your opinion. Here.

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Taking from: Miren


Update: Oct. 23,2006 Apparently this is not Miren's playlist. It is the guy who sat at Miren's desk before Miren... and put her name in his itunes profile? Anyway, I never claimed to have any investigative reporting skills.

It never ceases to amaze me - take a peek into a girl’s record collection and you will find out just what kind you’ve got on your hands.

Here is what she’s got a lot, A LOT of: Queen (everyone’s favorite super melodramatic, super operatic, funtime cheese rock) and 167 Franco Battiato hits (an avante guard, Italian born star, who's also known to be quite cheesy at times)

So… Cheese. That’s what we got on our hands. For the ultimate formaggio I’d search Miren’s library for “Pupurri,” which she's classified under “Comedia.” Purpurri seems to be a compilation of rank smash hits probably given to her by some lovesick admirer. The compilation features one of my favorites – “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles.

Otherwise my biggest suggestion would be to swipe the super awesome (really truthfully no sarcasm here) “Alaska y los Pegamoides” and "Alaska y Dinarama." I love it and I think you will too. Judge for yourself with the video up top.

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Featuring A.P. Smith

Today Andy gives us story and video...

"Here’s a piece I wrote for Vice about Copenhagen, Denmark. I love Danes!"

Copenhagen, Denmark
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I’m moving to Copenhagen!
I just visited a friend there. She lives on Istedgrade, halfway between the junkie church and Kebabistan. Really. The kebab place is called Kebabistan. You can’t miss either of those landmarks. And that’s where you’ll find me: tiptoeing around used needles and broken bottles.
Because Copenhagen has it all. Firstly, everyone speaks English. It’s like a game for them, they love that shit. Just throw out some slang and some curse words—i.e. “That’s the biggest pile of bullshit I’ve ever heard.”—and you’ll be the life of the party.
And the women—every friggin last one of them—are blonde and beautiful. As one friend phrased it, Danish girls are very open and outgoing. And by “open and outgoing” she meant alcoholic and slutty.
They take it like champs and give it even harder. For fuck’s sake, they open beer bottles with their teeth with an ease that silently mocks you.
But even if you can’t get laid—and if you can’t get laid in Copenhagen you might as well be a eunuch—there’s hardcore porno on TV every night. Basic cable. And I don’t mean Cinemax dry-humping, I’m talking about raw, dirty double penetration. Every night. In your living room...

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October 17, 2006

Requiem in Samba

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A few new essays by the Magnum photographers. I was particulary impressed by italian photographer Alex Majoli reflecting about his work in Brazil's favelas. "People go to the psychologist, I go to Brazil."

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Featuring A.P. Smith

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"Photo of my adopted street dog, Blackie, the morning I came home and found him dead in front of my apartment."

This week we feature the Writing Department's multi-talented Andrew Palmer Smith, who's last week in Fabrica is this week. He's given us plenty of goods to keep you smiling so sit yourself down, have a read, have a gander and enjoy the wonders of our good man, A.P.

A.P. Smith was born in New Orleans and educated in Brooklyn. His book Welcome to the Land of Cannibalistic Horses (2005, Puberty Press) is a compilation of essays and interviews both political and personal. His writing and photography has appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice and Vice Magazine.

Other experiences include: throwing parties for both Puberty and the Brooklyn Underground, appearing as a subject and interviewer on a cross-country reality show called Roadtrip Nation, and being honored by The Stranger as “Drunk of the Week,”

"Here’s a bit of writing from Horses. It’s about the first time I contracted an STD. Enjoy!"

NON-GONOCOCCAL URETHRITIS: DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU!

I couldn’t wait any longer. I hadn’t pissed all day and the cranberry juice I had with dinner didn’t help. My bladder was going to explode...

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Techno Tuesday

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Julia has entered the building

Julia Pleschke, from Austria, arrived last week after a five month wait from her trial period to also start in the Interactive Department. Welcome her by saying, "Hi." Or "Nice shoes."

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I was finishing my diploma thesis in Digital Media about "360 degree cinemas" at my austrian polytechnical university. And now I am really hoping to get it accepted within the next weeks.

What was your first impression when you arrived on trial?
Cool! I managed to arrive here without getting lost! I had an amazing time, especially when I finished my projects in time and was able to join the others taking the thursday off to celebrate Easter, rolled down the hill and got itchy, red skin from the pesticides in the grass.

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
Making friendships all over the world (not only to expect a cheap stay at foreign countries in the future :o)), and of course, becoming a java-expert!


What are you afraid of?

That some think, i would have the skills to replace Hansi. Just be honest, there exists nobody who could take his place in any way!

What are you looking the most forward to?
To my first finished and accepted project and to all the interesting conversations with so many different kinds of nice fabricanti.

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October 16, 2006

Eww... Human Skin Ties

Check out this work from Andrew Krasnow, one of the first artists to use human skin as a medium.

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Taken from a.d.m. project:
"In recent years Krasnow has worked in private, developing highly crafted works in human skin and allowing himself to be more organic in his approach. The work remains unsettling, deliberately juxtaposing pathetic and somewhat figurative abstractions with artifacts such as wallets and ties. Bringing his work back to the public arena, Krasnow feels he will have succeeded if the audience expereinces the same sense of unease that he does when creating the work."

More like the sense of puke in my mouth. And while we're on the subject, who's wiping all their snot on the walls of the downstairs washroom???

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Nobu Has Entered The Building

Nobuhisa (Nobu) Ishizuka, from Japan, has arrived this week after an eight month wait from his trial period to start in the Interactive Department. Welcome him by saying, "Hi." Or "Hello."

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I was taking my masters course in Japan. The college's name is IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences), where I made an interactive installation in a studio called "time based media".

What was your first impression when you arrived on
trial?

I was a bit stressed because I had to finish my work before the end of trial but here we had a lot of parties and we couldn't miss the last bus at 8 p.m. We had nothing but to enjoy drinking at night even though we were on trial. I really liked the balance between working and drinking.

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
Something I can't expect now.

What are you afraid of?
Being away from my country, friends, culture, food.... But everything is what I was looking forward to.

What are you looking the most forward to?
As I answered in the last question, what I am afraid of is what I am looking forward to. In this situation different from the one I used to be in, something different will be born.

Visit (or don't) his site here.

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Carlo Zoratti has left the building

Carlo Zoratti is akin to the wacky next door neighbour in your favorite sit-com.

Born and raised in Udine, Mr. Zoratti has been a core member of Fabrica's Interactive department since last fall, and a vital part of the Fabricante party experience, throwing monthly boat celebrations as one half of the video/music experience that is Iragazzidellaprateria.
All his party throwing days have paid off, as he's off to work for one of his DJing heroes, Ebo Man.

Out of tune singing never sounded so fine. We'll miss you and it. Fare thee well Carlo.

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Carlo Zoratti: Autumn 2005- Autumn 2006

What's the plan now?
the plan now is to move to amsterdam to try to work there for a little while

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
fuck matt i checked 10 times in the dictionary but i cant understand
what the hell u mean??? which kind of question is this?

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
the way to go to fabrica, biking in the morning, biking in the night

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso?
the fucking fighetti people that populate the town

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
one of the mensa ladies is lesbian. guess who!
(ask cosimo if u can't find it out)

Hope to see u soon.

Iragazzidellaprateria

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October 13, 2006

Weird Animal Penises

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I don't know what to say about this really, ummmm, maybe, just maybe it's worth consulting your doctor if your penis ever resembles one of these!

Image taken from 'The Sexual Imperative' Channel 4

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What happened in Pompidou?

Almost everyone is back from the Pompidou. The noise has returned. The stories are starting to spill out ...but not as quickly as they normally do here. In fact, I know almost nothing about what happened in Paris aside from some jumping into rivers. I'm trying to piece it together through photos, but it doesn't help much. The ones on the FLICKR banner are all so museumy.

Anyhow, here are a few exclusive and choice photos from the official backstage and frontstage Pompidou photograhper, our dear Reed Young. I don't know the stories behind them though. Please share them here!!!

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Aww...Hansi.

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Featuring A.J. Purdy: Finale

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Two pieces from our dear A.J. Purdy "Undie1" and "Undie2." Make sure to visit him here and give him your love.

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Meet the World

Brilliant ideas coming from the brain of Brazilian artist Icaro Doria. This is a part of his series entitled "Meet the World."

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Trial Tip: #2

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October 12, 2006

Featuring A.J. Purdy

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"Pure Joy" by A.J. Purdy, our featured artist of the week. "Yeah, yeah."

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Sofia Hulten in your Space

Fabrica is almost completely devoid of carpeting. Better think of something else...

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Taken from Sofia Hulten's "12 Atttempts to hide in an office environment."

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Spamland

The dialogue from this Brothers McLeod cartoon is taken from spam text. I heart spam text. I no heart spam.

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Patricia Waller

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The puppets of Patricia Waller absolutely kill me! Have a look yourself.

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October 11, 2006

P-Spot Introduction

Supposedly, men think about sex once every 20 seconds. Pia talks about it almost as often. She’s not a sex-maniac, she’s just very comfortable discussing the topic. She thinks sex shouldn’t be such a taboo for us and is always directing the conversation towards interesting sexual topics. A lot of her design work has sexual connotations and raises awareness on different issues around sex and sexual health.

So we asked her to contribute a column of her own dealing with thoughts, facts and feelings relating to sex in all aspects of our lives. If you have any questions or comments for her feel free to write, she might respond, if she has the knowledge and if you aren’t just being a dick about it.

She is a bit dyslexic too so please be gentle with her; this is her first time (blog-wise, of course.)

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Sex Dreams

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Sex Dreams

I thought I could begin the P-Spot with the topic of sex dreams as it is something that I experienced only the other day. I’m never afraid to admit if I’ve had one and also I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’ve had dreams about colleagues and friends! It’s just strange sometimes trying to figure out exactly what those dreams mean as most of the time I’m not at all attracted to the people I’ve dreamt of. I’m sure most of you have had the same, whether you admit it or not is the question. I’m not about to reveal mine here either I’m simply raising the issue!

We dream because of the intense activity that is constantly going on in our subconscious minds. And since sex is one of the most powerful of all human drives, it's not surprising that so many dreams have a strong sexual content.

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Taking from: Please Don't Copy my Music

It's hard to get a hold of good music here in Treviso and even harder to justify spending money on new music when there is a library of literally hundreds of thousands of songs within in our shared music community.

Music.

I'm going to try to do this once a week: pick and recommend somewhat obscure albums from a different person's library. I need some sort of blogging routine.

This week, I'm looking and stealing from Please Don't Copy my Music's music, primarily for the pure ironic hilarity of it.

Grisha's collection consists mainly of Linkin Park and German electronic kind of dance beat stuff, which is fine and all, but hard to work to. I did find this little gem though:

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Tristan Honsinger. The album is titled Travelogues. It's new to me, maybe not to you.

Honorable mentions: Spank Rocks' "YoYoYoYoYo"Nouvelle Vague's self titled album, and the Life Aquatic Soundtrack (I've been looking for those)

And while in Grisha's library be sure to check out Apoetnomadali, Wilson Philips, a bunch of fart sound effects, and the German translation of a Stepehen Hawking lecture (you can hear Hawking's awesome computer voice in the background.)

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Featuring A.J. Purdy

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The Purdy of the day. "Let's Share Poster" in collaboration with artist Remed from France.

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October 10, 2006

Pompidou at Fabrica

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While everybody is in Paris, we - the left over of Fabrica – had our own exhibition yesterday. 'Fabrica: Les Yeux Fermé' is featuring important artwork by Fabrica students from all parts of the world. Most of the displayed artwork refers to highly relevant social issues.

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Japanese Floating Heads

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thanks Jules ;)

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Cure Hiccups

Yesterday, in our quieted Fabrica building, the topic of curing hiccups by sticking a finger up one's anus came up a number of times. I stumbled upon this today. It seems, maybe, a bit more civil...
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This device (which peculiarly looks like a hands-free version of one of those "cup and string" phones) is a metallic cup with one electrode making contact with your cheek and another electrode making contact with the temple. When the cup is full of water and you begin to drink, an electrical circuit is created, thus stimulating the vagus and phrenic nerves and "reliably interrupting the Hiccup Reflexive Arc."

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Featuring A.J. Purdy

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'LSD for Kids' by this week featured Fabricanti Alex Purdy from Philadelphia.

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Andy at Pompidou

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Techno Tuesday

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October 09, 2006

Featuring A.J. Purdy

This is the first installment of what we are calling “Fabricante Featured”. We aim to highlight one member of the Fabrica staff each week in whatever way they might like. This week, A.J. Purdy, resident Graphic Designer, is our focus and has given us some samples of his art to be posted each day.


While at Fabrica A. J. Purdy enjoys coffee, gelato and well water. Was a member of the art collective Space 1026 for a few months until he couldn’t pay the rent, but still manages to keep in touch. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design in 2003 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, which is eerily similar to the film “Art School Confidential”. A. J. Purdy was born of earth parents in the USA and grew up in the state Delaware. He enjoys making absurd but unpretentious drawings and zines.
Behold today's image:

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Perfect coffee

Since having moved to Italy, I’ve only brewed one batch of coffee in one of those little silver coffee brewing stove top things. I made the coffee for company and nobody finished their cup, even though the cups here are incredibly small. I think I used too many coffee grounds.

If you’ve ever been in this embarrassing situation, take heed:

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Batia Suter

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An other fine swiss artist, living in Amsterdam. Batia Suter makes mainly photo art, putting objects in strange places: www.batiasuter.org

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October 06, 2006

sweeet

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The new chocolate skateboards collection is very very nice... again. I wonder how they do this. Enjoy the weekend. Go outside.

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Trial Tip: #1

A few months ago our good man Daniel Hirschman set up a Wiki page just for us - the children of Fabrica. That wonderful idea ultimately turned into a disappointing failure. (sorry Daniel)

With hints about where to eat in Treviso, how to get around by bus, which toilets provide the most privacy inside Fabrica, (the ones by the library looking into the design department) the wiki seemed best suited for trial students, but nobody tells trial students about the wiki because no one talks to trial students (horrible joke). And so... they remain lost and frightened. I aim to alleviate their pain by posting useful Fabrica hints each week. This week's -

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Ready for Paris II

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To understand the french mentality is not always easy. Maybe the work of this young artist from Toronto, Canada, will help you to get their timbre.

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October 05, 2006

live from fabrica

Guillermo asked me to post this short interviews. They have been made for the Pompidou exhibition:

Marian Grabmayer about working on Wanted Creativity
Andy Rementer about social oriented projects
Yianni Hill about social comments
Pia Knight about working on cultural projects

Special Feature: Hansi Raber about the Tuned Stairs

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Ready for Paris I

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Just in front of the Centre Pompidou you will see a strange and noisy water installation. It's called the Strawinski Fountain, created by swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925 - 1991) and his french wife Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002). The 16 moving and water spitting units refer to important compositions by Igor Stravinsky.

Tinguely is known for his mechanical and dark constructions, while Niki creates colorful and female sculptures. The Strawinski Fountain in front of the Centre Pompidou is one of their most important works.

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Paris is waiting

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Only two days left until the opening of the Fabrica exhibition in the legendary Centre Pompidou in Paris. Our interactive crew is working from 9 am till 10 pm to set up the installations (well... that's what they say).

If you're in Paris this Saturday night for the Nuit blanche (all museums in Paris will be open during the night) you should pass by. Many of us will make our way to Paris this weekend for the opening.

Nuit Blanche, Saturday 7th Oct, 7pm to 3am
Centre Pompidou
Fabrica exhibition: Les Yeux Ouvert
Rue du Renard, Paris

How to get there

The exhibition will run until Nov 6th from 11am - 21pm, closed on Tuesdays, free entrance, free wifi for everybody.

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Get Gutted in Philly

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'Face Gut' is a collaborative show featuring the artwork of (our own fabricante) A.J. Purdy and Jason Hsu. Drawings ranging from meticulous to crude. Images that offer a base humor with an underlying morbidity. The collaborative work is done with spontineity and often times aims at an anti-aesthetic. Mostly consisting of works on paper, there will also be zines by Mr. Purdy featuring collaborations with many other world renowned artists.

Friday October 6th at the Honeymilk Gallery, 37M 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA

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Stickersafari

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If you live in Hamburg, make sure to pay attention to the upcoming Stickersafari. (October 7 - November 7) Apparently more than 5000 stickers from all over the world, have been submitted to the exhibition, which is organised by NO GALLERY – a gallery without space, showing contemporary art in unusual places. www.stickersafari.net

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October 04, 2006

Seth in NY Times

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Seth’s new serialized comic George Sprott (1894-1975), which is being published in the New York Time’s Funny Pages has begun to be posted online. The prologue and first two chapters are available. (Thanks, Naseem!)


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Czech design

Great work by the young czech design studio Qubus.

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Dance baby, dance!

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October 03, 2006

Techno Tuesday

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October 02, 2006

Civilization is Doomed because...

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Brought to you by the good people of SpeakUp, this website is attempting to, uh, gather 10,000 reasons why civilization is doomed. Go on, add your own two cents!

http://www.10000reasons.org

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Haring in your Head

Might it be that Marlene Haring enhabits the kitchens and nightmares of all Fabricante?

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first sight

Oriol transmitted the first images from Paris...
By the way that's the 1000th entry on this blog... I wish Ann could be here now ;-)

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