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October 31, 2008

Jin Kang has left the building

The most shy, gentle and polite guy ever will soon join ... THE KOREAN ARMY!


What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Before coming here I was working as a freelancer for several companies. Prior to that I was studying. And of course I used to listen to the music all the time, as I did at Fabrica.
But what I loved the most was to work as a voluntary designer for non-commercial companies.
Next year I’m gonna work in the Korean Army, but I want to start again my voluntary work as well.

Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
I think the people are even more important than the work, here at Fabrica.
Collaborations, friendship, tolerance, respect.
This is exactly what I expected to find here.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
I learnt to speak English, (at least, better than before!) to control myself, and how to talk to different kinds of people.

Best moments in Treviso?
Last week, at Pushkar’s party: I got drunk for the very first time.
I was really confused, but happy!

Anything else you would like to say?
I will miss everybody, and I hope to see you again else where, in the future.
Just as adult people in the real world.

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October 24, 2008

Francesca Wade has left the building


Magical Francesca, known for making amazing things appear from nothing, like thurs-day-night movies, and "do" projects, and wonders made of mere fabric and cotton, has herself now disappeared from these hallways....leaving behind a trail of heartbroken brazilians.

What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Just before Fabrica, I was working at a lovely design company in London, and helping Ian Wright plan his move to New York. For anyone who doesn't know his work, check it out. Prior to that I was studying in at the University of Brighton. Now? I am back in London, adapting to post–Fabrica life, looking forward to my first job offer and coming to terms with the rain.

Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
Fabrica was much less and much more than I expected it to be. It's definitely not what you think it is – whoever you are, wherever you come from – but it is rewarding in ways that you can never expect.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
It's a huge life experience. You live, you learn. Believe it or not, I am calmer, more patient and a great deal more open to suggestions than I was before. Being at Fabrica teaches you to see your normality's as strange preferences that are always subject to change.

Best moments in Treviso?
Barbara's long lunches. Lawrence lifting people up into the air, literally. Sitting opposite Marta at work. Recently, waking Marta up in the morning in a Romeo and Juliet fashion, without the romance. Being on my bike, going anywhere and everywhere with Fernando. Filming the love scene with Piero and Laura for The Duel – ALOHA! – and in fact, everything to do with the making of the film. Poker at Ben's house, listening to pretty much any ridiculous story he had to tell – and there were many! Hanging out with Benjamin. Throwing playing cards around the apartment with Gabo. Scott's face painting for the Venice Carnival. Evenings with Erik and Valentina. Waiting for Joao to arrive, standing on the balcony looking down to the road like excited children. My goodbye party – thank you!

Last words?
To those newcomers who may like to question the system – don't waste your time! Find your niche and nurture it.


Photo by Diego.

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Fiere di San Luca


Photographer Jen kindly shares her hilarious impressions from the recent Fiere di San Luca, enjoy:

"Before going here, I thought Euro carnies would have more eloquence than those of America - kinda like French prostitutes shockingly look like they could somebodys' mom.

But Fiere di Luca set me back, and I crawled through the glaring lights, on hands and knees to avoid punches from defensive rogues fleeing the law for one addiction or the other. Unfortunately the carnies seemed somewhat 'off-limits' - so I decided to focus on the delirious event as a whole, in the vaguest form possible. ENJOY."

Continue reading "Fiere di San Luca"

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October 22, 2008

Jade Folawiyo has entered the building


Introducing Jade Folawiyo, the second of the new trio of incredible designers. She comes to us from London.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I was told about Fabrica whilst participating in Sam Barons Design with Nature Workshop at The Vitra Design Workshop in 2007.

What have you been doing before now?
Before coming to Fabrica I had completed my second year of my BA Honours Product Design Degree in Central St Martins in London, and was working on projects with my university lecturer.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
I am looking forward to learning new skills, enhancing the professionalism of my work, and enjoying Italian life. I am also looking forward to broadening my creative ability.

What will you miss from home?
I will miss my church, my family, my friends and eating traditional Nigerian food - Jollof rice. hmmmmm.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I don't know how to ride a bike - DON"T LAUGH! Any tips that will allow at 21 old adult to learn in the quickest possible way will be much appreciated.

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October 21, 2008

João has entered the building


João Henrique Wilbert, from Brazil, via London, has finally entered the building after winning all our hearts on his trial in February. He joins the Interactive Department.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I first heard about FABRICA at the beginning of my bachelor course in Brazil whilst reading the A book "Publicidade é um Cadáver que Nos Sorri"  by Oliviero Toscani in 2001.

What have you been doing before now?
I recently finished a Masters course in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths University in London.Mostly researching, programming and enjoying the british weather.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
Expand my knowledge, collaborate, work with people from different cultural, ethnic contexts and make good friends.

What will you miss from home?
Churrasco - a brazilian typical barbecue especially made by my father.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Yes, I love wires.

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October 20, 2008

Take On Me - Literally

"Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video? Well now they do."

via Josh.

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October 15, 2008

Hanna Abi-Hanna has entered the building

Freakers' Ball from Hanna on Vimeo.

Since no one ever outgrows cartoons, Fabrica is glad to welcome Hanna, from Lebanon.

How did you come to learn about fabrica?
I saw a presentation about Colors Magazine and Fabrica at "Profile Intermedia 6" in 2003. And then again when they did a presentation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco earlier this year.

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I completed my masters in traditional animation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in Dec 07. I was freelancing as an illustrator for a while after that, and then worked at Red Giant Studios as a 2D animator until coming here.

What do you hope to get out of this Experience at Fabrica?
To eat a lot of pasta and learn to curse in Italian!
Developing my animation and working on great projects is ok too. I also have a huge passion for filmmaking and I hope to learn as much as I can from all the great filmmakers in this department...possibly by sucking their brains at night! I hear that's the quickest way.

What will you miss from home?
The food.

Anything elso you'd like to share with us?
I need a bike!

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Gonçalo Campos has entered the building


Gonçalo begins the mass repopulation of the design department. Introduce yourself if you can find this elusive character.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Through the Fabrica shop in Lisbon

What have you been doing before now?
Studying and small exhibitions

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Experience and a chance to improve my portfolio

What will you miss from home?
Undubed cinema and having internet access in home

Thanks to Gustavo for the photo

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October 09, 2008

More Interesting Characters


This wicked poster was inspired in these grey walls by Michael Ciancio (one of the most interesting characters to grace this place) and I believe it's Nic (another very interesting character) hiding behind the poster. It's popping up everywhere! like here! and here! and even on Michael Beirut's blog. Awesome!

More of Michael's work (with the Hyperact Design Group) can be seen at the "Hope" Exhibition at FLUX Laboratory, in Switizerland. It's a US Election themed show that will open on November 1 and run till November 17.

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October 08, 2008

Fabrica lectures: Yu Hua "My Uncanny and Amusing China"


On Friday 3 October the famous Chinese novelist Yu Hua came to Fabrica for an interesting Lecture titled "My Uncanny and Amusing China".
He told us about China's recent history, traditional mindsets, contradictions, extremisms, and hopes in an enterteining and passionated way.

In particular, he told us about his chilhood, when people could not even use the word "love"; about the fast Chinese economic growth in the last 40 years; and then about the big gaps between people's dreams and desires (from an airplane to a simple pair of shoes!).
In the end, answering to our questions, he talked about the feeling that Democracy is going to be the political goal his country is looking for.

And yet, after having talked about unbelieveble and crazy episodes of his life we can hardly imagine, he could not but smile referring to Italian democracy.
As people sometimes may feel ashamed of what happened in the past, I feel ashamed of "My well known and funny Italy" today!

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There have been no masterpieces


Jonathan Harris (former fabricant) recently made a speech at the 'Flash on the Beach' conference that was pretty interesting and a little controversial. He said that "there have been no masterpieces" in Flash and the community is favoring technique to concepts.

He posed some important questions that are relevant to any creative discipline. He also advised flash artists to "do your own thing" and to "go outside". I'm going to get a hot chocolate and sit in the courtyard now.

Read about/listen to his speech here.

link via harry, image from jonathan's flickr.

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October 03, 2008

Digital guests at the Creativity Festival


I read the news today.
It seems that this year we cannot miss the Creativity Festival starting
this month in Florence: the “Virtual Renaissance” will be taken to the real world.
What does it mean?
Basically, what was created in Second Life, the virtual/digital environment based
on an electronic simulation ruled by its own inhabitants will be shown and translated into a “real language”.
(Digital Impressionism, Postkitsch, New Pop, l'Avatar Art, Iperformalism, Ultranaif next to Giotto’s!)

I kept reading...
During the exposition, the first “Second life Invasion” will take place in the city.
What does it mean?
We could see the avatars walking around the streets and interact with us.

I kept reading...
The Italian government decided that the educational system in Italy will become completely digital based.
I'm sure they have no idea what it means; but they've probably thought that it sounded cool.

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Nicolò Degiorgis has entered the building


The italian of the new influx. Nicolò joins the photography department from nearby Bolzano (via Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris and Venice). Offer him a warm welcome and a hot coffee (as he doesn't have a yellow-key-o-kaffine yet).

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
The very first person who suggested to apply to Fabrica was Martin Fuchs, photographer and blog editor of Magnum Photos. Later I assisted Martin Parr for a photo shoot and he said I would be a very good fit for Fabrica. I hope he was right....

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Is also what I often ask myself... I recently completed a bachelor degree in Chinese at the University of Venice, lived in Hong Kong, Beijing and interned at Magnum Photos in Paris. My work experience covers a little bit of everything everywhere: chef-assistant, teacher, cosmetic shop clerk, graphic designer, production assistant, phone interviewer, dish washer, merchandiser, cinema ticket seller...

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
To achieve a good body of work. I hope Fabrica will be "generous" and support my projects in China. Finally, remembering everyones name wouldn't be bad either. Sorry to the people I'm continuing to introduce myself to.

What will you miss from home?
Wood... Although the building looks great.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I'm looking for a bike. No bikes around looking for a nice, friendly, 23 years old, bike confident Italian boy?


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Heloisa Sartorato has entered the building


The wonderful Heloisa Sartorato from Brazil joins us. Say "oi" as you pass through the video dept and enjoy hearing a (real) feminine voice reply.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
An ex-boyfriend told me about Fabrica. Because I was very young, I thought it would be better to wait to be more mature professionally and personally.

What have you been doing before now?
Before started Fabrica, I finished College. I worked in advertising, TV and radio, and a year lighting for Soap Operas.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I hope to find a professional direction, because with so many interesting things to do in life, it's difficult to choose.

What will you miss from home?
My family, friends and my cat is is difficult. But the most difficult feeling is missing out on seeing my small nieces growing up.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I would love share a good plate of 'brigadeiro' (a Brazilian sweet).

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October 01, 2008

Geremia Vinattieri: a new noisy Fabricante

Directly from Florence, one of the most important city in the world for Arts, a new guy has just joined the Music department at Fabrica.
His name is Geremia Vinattieri and his "noisy creativity" is something impossible to ignore!

Geremia Vinattieri from andy cameron on Vimeo.

How would you describe yourself?
A guy with a great interest in Art, in all its forms and aspects.

What did you expect from this place?
To find what I've actually found: a place where I can develop my creative identity.

Lets talk about your "Drummpaint" performance. What did you want to communicate?
Basically the idea expressed by the performance is a perfect symbiosis between my two main passions: Music and Graphics.
I've studied at the artistic secondary school, then I attended the Academy of fine Arts, now I make illustrations and I play drums. So I wanted to combine both visual and musical expressions, without letting one being stronger than the other.

What about your dreams?
There are a lot of dreams... our dreams depend on our age, temporary interests, phases....
I'd like to realize them all without betraying who I was once, who I am now, and who I will be...

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