Every hour, three species go extinct on Earth.
Experts predict that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100, because they are hard to replace, if not impossible.
Brad Hasse satirizes the cruel reality directing a humorous but clever short video as an invitation to preserve what we have today.
"Hard to Replace" was presented in Les Yeux Ouverts At The Milan Triennale last month.
Heap Media created Blackle, an energy saving version of everyone's fav search engine, Google. This version is shown in all black, requiring less energy to illuminate the screen in white. Even though the energy savings may be small, setting Blackle as your homepage will remind us to continue taking small steps to saving energy.
Via my favorite swissy Tina.July 30, 2007
Slanted, a German type foundry launced a new type called "Type the Sky", created by Lisa Rienermann, a student of University of Duisburg. Type the Sky was born from an instance of sky gazing in the middle of Barcelona from the narrow streets in between several buildings. An intersting cross between photography and typography, I think this work has a certain twist of imagination compared to the tons of other works that mimic alphabets in our enviornment.
The collection comes as a type face and a book. For those interested in knowing more and can understand German you can read more here
For the rest, it is a good reason to go out and make some new german speaking friends ;)
Today Miren also leaves us. She flies back to Spain on Sunday. Read our iChat conversation below with my corrections (just the ones i think are necessary) in parantheses. For those of you that don't know, they are these things--> ( )
Michael Ciancio: so since you don't want to answer the questions, what do you want me to say on the blog
miren marañon tejedor: you can say too that i dont have a real plans till I am 26 years (old). Now I will be few years more as a hipsy (hippy) runing around till I am 26 that i will married some one and start to work and win an Oscar or miss tortilla de patata
miren marañon tejedor: What I will tell to the next fabricanti
Michael Ciancio: yes dime
miren marañon tejedor: just one thing
miren marañon tejedor: I will tell you just one advice.... the water of the "whater (water) place" downstairs that we as poor fabricantis we use to full our reciclate botles (recycled bottles) is sinc (sink) water. I saw the cleaners fulling on the bathroom (filling it in the bathroom). Just to let you know
miren marañon tejedor: and they was still with the bathroom blobes (not sure)
miren marañon tejedor: .
miren marañon tejedor: What I fell leaving (How do i feel about leaving)?
miren marañon tejedor: sad and happy, sab because here there was really nice people and happy bacause all of them leave allready hahaha
miren marañon tejedor: And what the people will miss because im not (here) any more.... noise- they will be able to concentrate not listening (to the) noise (of my) shoes runing all around and shoiting (shouting) what you have to do.
Yes all very true. We'll miss you Miren. Check out her works at www.mirenmiren.com.
Tomorrow morning Amelie goes to France for a Vitra/Fabrica workshop. Then she comes back and goes on holiday. So, today is Amelie's last day. Join us as we reflect with another installment of "...is leaving the building."
-How do you feel about going?
I should have left before.
-What were you doing before?
Going crazy in Stockholm trying to figure out what fashion is to me.
-What's on the agenda for afterwards?
Going back to Stockholm to get my graduation show done.
-Any advice to give to new Fabricanti?
Always be nice to the people working in and around the building,
cleaning ladies, portineria people, handymen, gardeners and the
golfteam Maurizio and Luciano Alban. Not only are they all nice, they
are also the ones who can help you in the least expected situations.
And, remember in general that mostly, people want to do and be their
best, if they are rude to you they probably had someone being rude to
them minutes before.
-What will you remember as the best moment and/or project?
It' s difficult to not say Vörland. But not without mentioning finding
my muse Alex Purdy and the excellent Reed Young. They made my day
every day. And oh, room service dinner at The Peninsula Beijing.
-Any parting words?
Try try try to not spend your time figuring out the system. Just do
your stuff and do it really good. Fabrica is a place where you can
realize your dreams. Every place is a place where we can realize our
dreams. And don' t spend your time waiting for things to happen. Ever.
Amelie, I want to say thanks for getting me that nice food at Ferme when I was on trial. And also thanks for the 2 euro today so i could buy potato chips. Today we say goodbye. Fabricanti, join us in the Fabrica Features Brand Room (coined by Amelie) today at 3 pm for some parting prosecco. It's been real, Legs. See you in Stockholm.July 26, 2007
Chris Jordan makes beautiful photographs he hopes will disgust you. His work takes reports of large-scale waste and consumption out of the realm of statistics and places them squarely in front of our faces.
I found these photographs so unnerving that I thought this gotta make it to the blog for everyone.
His work is on display through July 31st at the Von Lintel Gallery in New York City. But you can read an interview to understand his philosophy and catch a glimpse of his work.
Driven by an interest in the redefining of a space, the artists have been invited to produce a work that completely covers the walls of the gallery, creating freely and adhering only to the rule that every mark made can be repeated.
Find more information here.
The São Paulo office of Leo Burnett created these street ads for the CVV Suicide Prevention Center, Brazil, and I thought they were so nice, that I felt the vast audience of Fabrica blog readers should see them.
This is the results of an unusual artistic collaboration between the French artist Hubert Duprat
and a group of caddis fly larvae. The insect produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing
bodies by manufacturing sheaths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substances—
grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shell
—anything readily available in their ecosystem.
So what does Duprat do?
After collecting the larvae from their normal environments, Duprat relocates them to his studio
where he gently removes their own natural cases and then places them in aquaria that he fills with alternative materials (including turquoise, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, as well as pearls, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds) from which they can begin to recreate their protective sheaths.
Click here to see moreJuly 23, 2007
First, you may think is the stupidest concept ever. Then, you may think is the stupidest concept ever with the most brilliant results.
And yeah, it gets harder, better, faster and stronger.
The Burj Dubai tower in Dubai became the tallest building in the world this weekend. Now at 1680 ft, it has surpassed Taipei 101, whose completed height is 1670 ft. Developers of the project have yet to reveal its official height upon completion, but rumor has it that it will be the height of two Empire State Buildings. Burj Dubai is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
Read more here from The Independent.July 20, 2007
Design 21: Social Design Network, partners with UNESCO, recently had a contest for designing an Anti-Globalwarming campaign.
The winners are out. See what other creatives are thinking about this issue that's been so HOT lately in Fabrica.
Click Here to read more.July 19, 2007
Lover of all things which entail coloring, fiddling and using one's thinkbox, he also enjoys doing collaborations, especially when they are remunerated with hard cash or busty brunettes. The truth is that you can probably buy him with alcohol too.July 18, 2007
This is quite possibly the best thing i have seen this year. Yes that's right. Brandon Bird has taken America's best crime drama, Law & Order, and turned it into an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a coloring book.
Click here to browse the pages. And then buy one.
Thanks Meryl.July 17, 2007
A group of collectors have reunited and put together a selection of antique, beautiful photography taken more than a hundred years ago.
Vintage portraits, memorable scenarios and 30 minutes exposure time poses reflect the vogue, lifestyle and seriousness of the époque de la photographie moderne.
Click here to see this invaluable visual patrimony.
The One Club is (apparently) the world's foremost non-profit organization for the recognition and promotion of excellence in advertising, based in New York City. Recently they held The One Show Design awards, recognizing excellence in design, interactive and work done by college students too.
Ok i have to throw in the fact that i was nominated for exhibition graphics i did before arriving at Fabrica. But no golden pencil for me!
Check out more info about the show and its winners here: One Show Finalists
While the recent craze of 'Create Your Own Simpsons Avatar' is slowly fading in Fabrica, something amazing just happened to keep the topic still fresh.
A giant 180ft Homer Simpson brandishing a doughnut was painted next to the well-endowed figure of the 17th century chalk outline of the naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding Cerne Abbas giant. It is part of a publicity stunt to promote The Simpsons Movie released later this month.
Homer hasn't forgotten about the enviornment. It has been painted with water-based biodegradable paint which will wash away as soon as it rains. And now the image that has incited the wrath of British pagans who have now pledged to perform "rain magic" to rid their sacred site of its unwelcome guest.July 16, 2007
After Matt left us last week for his much deserved change from the blog world, here's a new entry to cheer you all up!
Felt Club is a monthly mini-craft fair featuring the best and brightest of the Southern California craft scene. Nearly two dozen crafters per month will show a wide variety of handmade goods, one-of-a-kind plushies, original artwork, DIY wares and a whole lot of fun! Their XL Summer event was yesterday, 15th July.
Check out the vendors and see whats new in the Plush world.
It's my pleasure to enter the blogosphere with this entry about our show in London. Yes, it finally happened. After about 2 months of planning and 2.5 days of manual labor, YOU ARE HERE - a temporary Fabrica Features shop - opens at Beyond the Valley.
Don't worry, we closed the night with 12 hours of free drinks and supreme delirium.
Initiated by Sam Baron and conceived by Natalie Ashman, Michael Ciancio and Pia Knight.
YOU ARE HERE
at Beyond the Valley
2 Newburgh St.
London W1F 7RD
more photos to come.July 13, 2007
I asked him to stay. He simply said no. Then I asked him again, but his answer didn’t change much. I was not just abandoned, but also rejected.
Anxiety and depression are resolved in chaos, and it is chaos that inspires Don Hertzfeldt’s ingenuity as an animator. His short film “Rejected” is an irreverent comedy that represents surrealism, absurdism and random humor.
Matt, the blogosphere will never be the same without you.
We’ll miss you.
Ok, last entry of life. I've made this promise to my dear dear dear Natti boom batti, who left the building last week. And while she might think it's all about her, I've managed to start her goodbye entry by talking about me. Joke's on you, Nat. Alora...
in true natti style. i lost the questions and ran out of that bunker of a building, so being all about me....i made up the questions. sorry matt but i think it went something like this.
What was your life like pre fabrica?
I was teaching kids to be better at art, can u believe it? I am an arts teacher. I was also dreaming about not watching others being creative and doing this myself, somewhere abroad, preferably hot. I guess i got what i wanted.
What was life like during Fabrica?
It is full of more highs than lows. I have met wonderful, crazy, somewhat insane and the most determined and talented people so far in my life. I have hated, loved, shouted, laughed, cried on street corners, given up and got on with it...generally all in a day. well i guess what i adopted was a bit of that Italian drama.
I will condense, Reed Young. Finding my design partner in crime, Pia. Gaining patience, you will not believe it but its true. Miranda Orfei, you all need to see a poddle on a pony. Silly dancing.
It's a small town in more than one way.
What advice would u have wanted before coming here?
I don't think it matters you always change your mind and things that you thought you would never do, you just do! I mean i am lucky i knew a lot of people before I got here and i am bad at acting on other people's advice anyway but i like this one: Think less do more.
What is the most important thing you learned here?
Not to order cappuccino after breakfast time. Thanks Cosimo
What is the plan now?
To finish on a bang with this exhibition in my hometown - London, check it out! To enjoy good music, see old friends, sleep a bit and catch up with myself before i seek new horizons with my beautiful boy.
Any parting words? Any thanks to give?
Enjoy it, a year goes really really quickly. Try not to spend your time thinking about what you should do or want to be doing. If you don't get on with the system it means that it just doesn't work for you, so leave
or have some fun outside, venice is just minutes away. It's a good place to meet great people, make most of the climate if you are like me from a grey and cold city, get a bike and ride around town, ask fernando to tell u a joke, have a coffee with scott, do some dancing with michael, get diego to tell u something you never knew, look at patty - that smile will always make you smile, take amelie to the beach she is brilliant
fun, listen to 80's tunes with madu and take advice from the prins, he's always right. I thank you all, especially the ones that have just left us.
The mass exodus of women begins with Natalie: the lover, the fighter and a very true friend indeed. We're already missing your moves and cackle Nat. I love you and hate to see you go.July 11, 2007
Just about a year ago, creator of the Fabrica Blog, Ann Poochareon, left the building and handed her baby over to Chris and I. In the past 10 months I’ve grown tired and old. I’ve put a lot of energies into these web log things, (I write for 3 each day) and as a result, in my last few months in Fabrica, I’m ready and eager to focus on something more personal and less electronic. And so I say goodbye to all of you in the blogosphere and hello to all of you in the halls.
A big thanks to all my blogging comrades in this time: Andy, Pia, Karol, and of course Chris – life is so much easier when you've got good friends.
This has been fun and I hate to just “abandon” the project but it’s time for something else.
Lots of love,
A classic question: How did you come to know about Fabrica?
What were you doing before coming here?
What was your trial period like... nearly a year ago?
How do you expect your life is going to be now? Anything you're looking forward to or fearing?
Any shout-outs or anything you'd like to say to the people in internet-land?
From the desks of the Fabricante: post-it notes that delve into the mindset and lives of the building’s sick inhabitants, finally providing the curious public with an answer as to what the mother fuck being a Fabricante is all about.
Join me on this dark journey through the halls of Tadao Ando’s cement and purple marble masterpiece. Experience the extraordinary - where the setting of a dull office is dirtied by creative genius, and then tidied back up again through creative exhaustion, a bit of creative oppression, absolute boredom, and a watered down form of solitary confinement. 25 individuals from across the world that think, eat, sleep, create, and work together. This is – FABRICANTE IN POST-IT FORM.
All post-its were created before this study took place.
Part 1- Prove The Doubters Wrong
Life after college or university can seem very, very frightening and/or depressing. Your glory days of irresponsibility are over. You’ve got nowhere to go and nobody is on your side. You’ve been told time and time again to get a real job that pays real money. Your skills have been doubted and underappreciated by friends, family and lovers. Fabrica can change all that in an instant. Fabrica will make people appreciate you. You are a bona fide artist now - a clothing company said so and everyone will wish they had been nicer to you when you were a nobody.
Fabrica also works as an escape route from whatever's been smothering you.
Part 2 – Ego’s
The name of the game inside these cold, cold walls is not “Let’s get a nice spritz together after work.” The name of the game is “I’m on the road to fame and fortune and you are a mere pebble on this journey. Yes, you are my "peer," meaning that we are relatively the same age and share a desk. Yes, I will smile and laugh with you when we go for that nice spritz together after work. Yes, we will watch LOST together in the winter months. But don’t read into it. You are and will always be below me. Unfortunately we have to get along with each other for the next year.”
Somebody simplified the message:
Part 3 - Spoiled
You might be spoiled before entering Fabrica. There are many students who are only children or youngest children of families.
There are easy ways of entering: through someone you know or through “meeting” the daughter of one of the Benetton’s relatives.
Generation Y-ers are known for being slackers. And while it does take a lot of effort for some to join the FAB club, all that effort quickly dissolves in the pool of easy-going and being catered to. We are 24, 25, 26, 27… we are aging without aim. We are with endless Youtube watching, piles of mensa, multiple vending machine breaks, party after party after party, weekends at the beach, weekends on the couch, weekends in bed, a paycheck spent solely on food and drink, arriving to “work” late and leaving not so late… and it all leads to complaining about how shit we have it here.
We might've been before, but we are all now...
Part 4 - Art into Office Space
While an isolated cement and glass and white walled structure may sound and look inspiring, the feeling quickly fades. You ultimately end up at an office desk, behind a computer, with scraps of paper and unused hacky sacks all about you. There’s someone talking on the phone behind you and above you and to the left of you. The air is still and humid and the wallpaper of your MySpace account has changed three times in the week. If you want to take a breath of fresh air you’re not allowed to walk on the grass. What was art upon arrival is now just another building.
Part 5 - Learn
Although times can seem slow and although feeling stuck, either physically or creatively, can be a daily or constant state, there is always plenty to add to your mental and cultural repertoire, learning from the “peers” who surround you, picking up things you’d never expect to learn. Fabrica is a world of graphic designers,:
and the trendiest 20-something’s from around the globe:
Part 6 – Differences in Language
In Italy they speak Italian. In Fabrica, you speak English, even when half the employees are Italian. This is due to a) the spoiled child aspect and b) economic superpowers shaking hands, agreeing on English as the universal language.
As a result, what is trying to be communicated from one non-English speaker to another is not always clear and not often “correct.”
Part 7 – Pastime Activities
You sit and count the number of people who have visited your blog.
And then, outside of work, you try to make a life in an Italian town. In such a town there is not a lot to do because, unlike in Fabrica, everyone speaks Italian. This means not going to the movies, not meeting new people, and not feeling welcomed by the locals. It also means feeling bored of a) having no options and b) the 25 people you can speak to, the few English speakers. Thus, you turn to the drink - the only thing that can cure boredom and erase the memory of the miserable. How you drink drink drink. Not restricted to weekends.
Part 8 – Love Affairs
When you get bored of the drink, and you realize you have to find happiness inside of the circle of English speakers you turn to unlikely romance. Suddenly your co-workers are your lovers. And your lovers are people you’d never thought of snogging, were the two of you in any other place on Earth. For some reason, when you’re in Fabrica, you keep your affairs secret, on the down low… but in such a tight circle, there’s no such thing as a well kept secret.
Part 9 – Vultures
You have to watch out. The women to men ratio is far from balanced. Those desperate for affection turn into half-human/ half-vulture organisms, waiting for the “secret” affairs to show their first “secret” rough patches. They swoop in and peck and try to devour. Female Trial students and the newcomers have almost no hope of survival.
Part 10 – Begin Again
There comes a time when you decide - It’s time to start anew. You’ve been at Fabrica for half a year. You’ve produced a drawing and an ad campaign that wasn’t used in the end.
Here’s how you start to begin again: sit at your desk and take off the pen cap. See if anything comes from it.
Part 11- Dried Up
It’s not going to work. You’re drained of creativity…
and your brain is constipated.
Part 12 – Train Yourself
Tell yourself over and over that it’s going to be ok. You need to convince yourself, or the next six months are going to be very, very long.
Part 13 – Mensa
Not even your mantras are working. You’ve hit the bottom. You’re at your end. Now you’ve got one thing to look forward to: Mensa. A daily trip to the canteen for some potato croquets and soup and rice and Coca Cola.
Part 14 – Madness
It’s going. You’re losing it…
Part 15 – Void
Through it all, your peers/former lovers/roommates/comrades leave you and the building and the town. They become one of the many that were Fabricantes. They are quickly replaced, their positions, but not their presence. Somehow those assholes that were trying to step over you have become dear to you. They leave a void. The building is full of voids and you think, “my time has to be coming.”
Part 16 – The End
You can find beauty in it all.
And when you look behind you, you’re going to miss all that shit that happened in your life.July 09, 2007
The History of America is ready to be shown.
"Centuries of campfire stories have spun USA's history into a fanciful tale filled with myths and half-truths".
MK12's short film is here to set the record straight. This psychedelic western space opera chronicles the fight for life, liberty and justice for all.
Click here to see the trailer and find the true story behind the story.
This cartoon has been, or so the story goes, banned from television. I'm not sure why. Although it is frightening, it sends out the same message preached across America... The Devil is bad and he/she gives you fruit when you want it.
Via Alex Purdy's weekly video picks email!
Piter Wilson, aka Juan Ospina, writes:
"I have made a webcam toy. Its a mix of "Face" with Carlo's stop motion thing (the one with the Legos). You use your webcam to make a small stop-motion animation that gets saved.
I would like to ask you, if you have a webcam and a little time, to play with it and see what feedback , bus reports etc you can give me. Its really fun and takes less than a minute.
It requires flash 9 player, if you don't have it, why not upgrade now? thanks!"
go on... give it a shot.
Theo Jansen wanted to make life, and somehow he has done it.
By creating a fusion between art and engineering, he makes skeletons that are able to walk on the wind.
Jansen is dedicated to creating artificial life -or new nature- through the use of genetic algorithms.
Eventually, he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they can live their own lives.
And yes, he is a genius!
Our dear and multi-talented former Fabricante, Gregor Kuschmirz, questions and analyzes the value of objects for individuals with his last performance.
By exhibiting some of his best belongings in a weekly flea market under the sign: “Dinge, die ich nicht verkaufen will” (I won’t sell these things), he caused both confusion and laugh between his “non-customers”.
Click here to see it and experience the unexpected.
I've always wondered what I'd look like as a Simpsons character. Well now I can by using the Simpsons Avatar feature at their website. woo hoo!