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December 19, 2008

Gustavo Millon has left the building

Photo by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza

In Chilean folklore, busquilla is the man who has learned to fight his own way, depending on no one else. Earlier this year, when lunches at Ennio were still held outside, that was how a fellow compatriot described Gustavo. I thought it fitted him perfectly - both because the word sounded rather humble (an adjective that has always suited Gustavo) and because of his history. The first Chilean to step into the Bubble, the photographer from Santiago was told right from the beginning things wouldn't be easy for him (not that things are that easy for any of us, but we are usually well deceived in the beginning!). One year and a half later, he is back in Santiago and guarantees it was all worth it.

Were you really the first chilean guy at Fabrica? How did you get here?
Yes, i'm the first chilean in fabrica (what doesn't mean the last one, I hope) I participated in a contest "Wanted Creativity" (yes, wanted creativity) about the environment. I sent one project and I won, the prize was the scholarship in Fabrica for one year.

Deciding to come was a difficult or an obvious choice?
It was obvius, good opportunity for meet with different persons, be a better photographer and know about Fabrica. Also, it was my first time in Europe, in Italy and Treviso. (speaking in english!)

What's the best word to describe Fabrica?
"Bubble". My first roomate (Nobu, japanese) told me that. I thought he was exaggerating but I understood later what mean. Fabrica is a small bubble what cover us of everything. We speak in english (no italian) we stay there for all the day and is diffcult have connections with persons outside of Fabrica, all the day togheter. Even when we are outside of Fabrica. Sometimes is good, sometimes is...

What was the best life advice you heard here?
"I will be here if you need to talk with someone" Diego Beyró (is not a advice, but is something what always i will remember)

Most memorable moments.
I can't describe all the great moments what I had in Fabrica, mensa for sure! the conversations in the coffee machine! but something what I always I will remember is ride in my bicycle in Treviso (something what I will continue doing here)

How would you like to be remembered?
I don't know. Maybe like the guy that smile always... ;)

Last words?
My last words are just have all the fun that you can get in Fabrica, do your personal projects (is the best of Fabrica) and never change, even if someone tell you are wrong, because usually is not like that.

Ah! I want to tell something to all the persons that wrote a poem (this is in five languages because i received like that)

(In english) thanks to all, it was a great experience. My english is getting better after of this!
(In portugueis) Eu espero aprender essa língua bonita e sua cultura (obrigado Brasil e Portugal)
(In italian) Mi mancherà il capuccino e la brioche per la mattina! un abbraccio a tutti
(In german) Und am Ende, wir sind zusammen. Ich werde Sie vermissen Prinzessin
(In spanish) a mi hermosa comunidad hispanohablante que me dio lo mejor de los recuerdos, lo mejor de todo. A ese pinche culero que dibuja carteles con sentido e inteligencia y que tiene un gran corazón, al español que filma largos ratos a ver lo que aparece (y se le aparece lo hermoso delante de su camara), a ese catalán que me retaba como su hermano menor pero que me enseñó lo que es ser noble y justo siempre (joder!) al argentino que llega tarde siempre (pero que trabaja mas que ninguno con una creatividad increíble, garca! haha) y a mi gran hermano argentino artista que se que va a lograr todo lo que se proponga, siempre. Porque si tu me dijiste que estarías simepre yo también lo estaré para tí (no me olvido por supuesto del gato mas inteligente y hablador del mundo que te cuida) GRACIAS A TODOS

PD: all, all of them are pirates;)


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December 18, 2008

Vacation destination

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

In case you haven't yet decided where to spend your holidays...

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Cosimo has left the bunker


Our wise and wonderful nonno has left us, and we miss him terribly. Our only comfort is in knowing that he has gone to a more peaceful place. Before his passing, he wrote this message:

Dear Kids,

After three long years I've finally left the bunker, like all grandpas sooner or later do. It's been good, extremely intense and sometimes difficult.

While I'm away, you guys take care of the grandma and more than anything of each other. Work together, bike together, play football together, sleep together (I know you will, you unfaithful sex addicts), learn Australian aphorisms and Italian obscenities, fantasize about future communal projects that will never happen, get to know about wine and get pissed every now and then at Roberto's, miss the last train from Venice to Treviso, make jokes about British people being always drunk and violent, Indian people shaking their heads to say something confusing between "yes" and "maybe", Italian people talking with their hands, and all the other silly stereotypes that are actually confirmed by living in the bunker. Be good and respectful but let those who live at the bunker's top floors conspire, panic and argue with each other, without getting involved. It's healthier. Speak with Maurizio and with the guys from the portineria, instead. They're real people.

As for me, I will finally set up my own business, a wedding cake one as you can see from the photo above.

A big hug.

Grandpa Cosimo

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Catarina Carreiras has entered the building


Meet Catarina, one of the elusive hard-working contingent of Portugese designers. If you feel a strange gravitational force that pulls you into her world - don't resist.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Hum.. I remember that since I was around 10 years old, everytime I went with my mother to Benetton I would look amazed through every Colors magazine displayed.
Then a few years later I learned about Tibor Kalman, Toscani, and finally Fabrica. Since then I kept wishing that one day I would have the oportunitty to work here.
And, thanks to the Design Department, here I am.

What have you been doing before now?
I was studying Communication Design in Lisbon, doing some freelance work, and trying to travel around as much as I could.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Lots of "no's", lots of "yessss's", lots of "well done!" and lots of "no way!".
Basically: lots of work.

What will you miss from home?
The sea. And everything and everyone around it.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Yes, nice to meet you all.


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December 17, 2008

Touch the sashimi you prefer!

Fed up with unfair waiters?
Lets have lunch at "Inamo" then, a fusion restaurant where you can order your dishes, play Naval Battle, choose your favourite wine, have a look to the duck in the kitchen before you eat it, watch the cook prepearing it, book a taxi to get home immediately, if the food wasn't good.
All these things - and many others! - are made possible by a touchscreen on your table.

I wonder if I can also choose my partner to accompany the red wine...

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December 13, 2008

Salute to Károl de Rueda


Károl, Fabrica's adored and esteemed writer (and this blog's darling), slipped out of the building last spring in the kind of impassioned, mysterious way typical of this mexican enigma. She continued writing for Fabrica from an undisclosed location on the great American continent. Recently, I persuaded her to write about her own experience here...this is what she had to say:

What was life like before Fabrica?
As usual, surprising and unpredictable.
I was freelancing graphic design in both Mexico and the US, as well as editing and writing about life and its mysterious ways. I was also learning, besides English, that life is way too short to stay still intimidated by your ideas and dreams.

What was life like at Fabrica?
Contradictory; painful, heartbreaking, frustrating, disappointing, but also fascinating, exhilarating, enriching, glorious. Life at Fabrica was full of that rare passion that turns the boredom of a customary life into the magical, the utopian and the extraordinary.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
In fact, everyday was a learning experience. I learned about Italian culture, falling in love with it. I learned about diversity, about fascinating cultures and recondite places, about sounds, ways of life and certainly about food.
And at the end, in a place that deliberately denies the worries of adulthood and offers you a unique mental freedom that undresses your true personality, I realized how much I learned about myself.

Most memorable moments?
Way too many! But I will never forget that beautiful three days birthday party (especially the Gargantua day!), also night talking with Julia and Nam, balcony sun enjoying with Lizy, dance awakening with Mike and Nic, eat traveling with Anto, canal walking alone. Dinners with Christianito’s parents, hot arguments with Nobu, ichating with Paolo, brujeando with Cosimo. So many moments! Beer with fries after football, cooking for everyone, the gelato nights, dinners in Venice, Italian cover bands (especially Guns ‘n Roses!), all the travels. And of course the bike rides, especially those when the city was sleeping. What a beautiful and peaceful place!

Most memorable people?
This is truly the best of Fabrica. The most important achievement of all is to share your life with the most amazing people and learn from them; all my lovely roommates including of course the queen of tiramisú, my dearest insanity man, my Celtic chick, the eternal lambada dancer, the exceptional photographer and the photographer who pretends to be a journalist, the designer with soul of philosopher, mis queridísimos culeros, el poeta cubano, the wise maker of Il Secolo Veloce, the amusing English characters, mr Bob Dylan, the brazilian heat, the patient snowboarding teacher, los camotes poblanos, the sweet bike sharer, the greatest Japanese impersonator, los boludos, the nonstop Austrian dancer, the Spanish energy, the amazing Indian spice, the original Australian sense of humor. The beautiful kiwi; the most wonderful and greater listener. And of course the formaggio ladies, who not matter what, where there for me five days a week.
I am taking all of them home with me.

Worst moments?
Even that is contradictory at Fabrica, because when you leave, you miss the pain of the bad days, but at the same time, you suffer thinking about the old wonderful times. It’s all good!

What advice would you have wanted before coming here?
Create without permission, collaborate with as many people as you can, share and find support to realize your projects, and don’t fall in love with inexpensive good wine; is a deeply painful break up....

Future plans?
Keep freelancing, keep learning, keep moving, keep dancing, keep listening.
Keep growing.

Any parting words?
Lets start getting ready for the First Former Fabricanti Reunion (definitely!) and of course, an enormous thanks to Mr Benetton, who believes in diversity, freedom and multiculturalism in the name of creativity.
¡Hasta siempre!

Károl, keep us posted....bestitos.

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December 12, 2008

Is pubic hair in inverse proportion to a country’s wealth?

It seems that being against (the) Bush is not trendy anymore.

Hi, I’m a little confused right now as I read that the current economical and political situation is so much affecting our pubic hair style, but there seem to be two opposite directions.
On one hand it seems that because of the recession women are more and more abandoning the Brazilian and “growing a little hair down there” . Money is tight and maintaining a stripper worthy wax is not cheap at all.
So Bush is back, at least down there, according to Lisa Germinsky http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/12/11/bush_back/index.html

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Julian Koschwitz has entered the building


Julian is bringing hip-hop back into my life, and he can make it part of your world too. Ask him about Kanye and Method Man, and he will not fail to fill you in. Oh, and by the way: he's also an amazing interactive designer, too!

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I followed the projects of fabrica for the last years and always had the idea to go there after graduating.

What have you been doing before now?
I was graduating from University in summer 2008 then I did some freelance design jobs and came to fabrica.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I am looking forward to work with people from different areas and backgrounds. And I want to improve my skills in physical computing and developing concepts.

What will you miss from home?
My Girlfriend, Maultaschen and understanding the bus driver.

Visit his website at: www.koschwitz.org

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December 11, 2008

Thursday Special Deliveries!


"I will show you mine if you show me yours" A special message, I considered, displayed on my Ichat this afternoon. Although, only minutes later, the magic was sucked out of this message with; "sorry, I meant that I will only show you my website if you show me your website." Well....moving on to what today is really about:

As is customary at Fabrica, every thursday at 6.30pm a resident or a trial student shows their work. All Fabricantes gather into the cinema, and with few glitches and twitches (always), a grandisimo presentation is made (always!). Last Thursday, 22 year old Gonçalo Campos, recently graduated from FBAUL- the Fine Arte Faculty of Lisbon University in Portugal where he has been majoring in Product Design for the last five years, showed some of his recent work. A look at his presentation is a look into his beautiful, minimalist-yet-with-an-eye for detail, and reassuring personality.

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enough of words. action now. observe all.

volumen2VJivanrobles from ivanrobles on Vimeo.

Last week at the Fabrica cinema we watched A Clockwork Orange, and this lovely music video samples the naked lady from the scene where Alex is put on stage to show that he has supposedly reformed, but the pavlovian effect only reduces him to the most grotesque acts of self-abasement. To note: the book shows Alex as a more complex character (capable of real transformation too!) than the film ever made him out to be.

From Anthony Burgess:
"I am glad, gentlemen, this question of Love has been
raised. Now we shall see in action a manner of Love that was
thought to be dead with the Middle Ages." And then the lights
went down and the spotlights came on again, one on your
poor and suffering Friend and Narrator, and into the other
there like rolled or sidled the most lovely young devotchka
you could ever hope in all your jeezny, O my brothers, to
viddy. That is to say, she had real horrorshow groodies all of
which you could like viddy, she having on platties which came
down down down off her pletchoes. And her nogas were like
Bog in His Heaven, and she walked like to make you groan in
your keeshkas, and yet her litso was a sweet smiling young
like innocent litso. She came up towards me with the light like
it was the like light of heavenly grace and all that cal coming
with her, and the first thing that flashed into my gulliver was
that I would like to have her right down there on the floor
with the old in-out real savage, but skorry as a shot came the
sickness, like a like detective that had been watching round a
corner and now followed to make his grahzny arrest. And
now the von of lovely perfume that came off her made me
want to think of starting to heave in my keeshkas, so I
knew I had to think of some new like way of thinking about
her before all the pain and thirstiness and horrible sickness
come over me real horrorshow and proper. So I creeched out:
"O most beautiful and beauteous of devotchkas, I throw
like my heart at your feet for you to like trample all over. If I
had a rose I would give it to you. If it was all rainy and cally
now on the ground you could have my platties to walk on so
as not to cover your dainty nogas with filth and cal." And as I
was saying all this, O my brothers, I could feel the sickness
like slinking back. "Let me," I creeched out, "worship you and
be like your helper and protector from the wicked like world."
Then I thought of the right slovo and felt better for it, saying:
"Let me be like your true knight," and down I went again on
the old knees, bowing and like scraping.
And then I felt real shooty and dim, it having been like an
act again, for this devotchka smiled and bowed to the audi-
ence and like danced off, the lights coming up to a bit of
applause. And the glazzies of some of these starry vecks in the
audience were like popping out at this young devotchka with
dirty and like unholy desire, O my brothers.

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Facebook or not Facebook?

(This is not Hamlet! Lets read and find out!)

You can hate it, you can love it.
But one thing is certain: Facebook is getting more and more popular every day.
Even the most stupid person becomes confident with the social network in few steps.

Forget all its dangerous social implications for a while (I.E. "Have the people become unable to have genuine relations in their real life?", "Is Facebook just a way to be lazy at work?", " Does it create dependence?" Etc...) and let them to the thousands of psychologists, anthropologists and priests (!) who are already spending thier nights to solve the question.

The most authoritative Italian newspaper on Economics has dedicated its weekly special magazine to the phenomenon, trying to find out and explain the reasons of its success.

This made me realize, once again, that Communication, in all its forms, has no limits.
Communication, in all its forms, is not "good" or "bad" : It depends on how you use it.

The means in itself is just a means. When it becomes a purpose, the problems start.
On the other hand - and at the same time - the people (i.e. our "friends on Facebook) must always been considered "as an end and never merely as a means to an end".

(Immanuel Kant docet, but he was not talking about Facebook!)

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December 10, 2008

the disappearance of pownce and other social networking sites


The demise of Pownce was inevitable. I signed up a year ago, and it was fun for a week, but none of my friends were using it. Maybe a couple, but not enough. It had a slick interface, you could share music files in posts, and seemed like it could be fun, but the web doesn't exist without your virtual friends. With the downturn of the economy, smaller social networking sites like these are shutting down, but Facebook will remain strong because its been around for a awhile and people have gotten used to it. Once people get attached to some social networking service by virtue of its sustained existence, it doesn't die easily. By now, virtually ALL of my contacts are in Facebook, and it functions as a durable address book that... I can't live without.

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December 09, 2008

WattzOn? A social network around the notion of energy use and conservation.

A new, free digital application that allows us to understand our real energy footprint. Because solving climate and energy challenges requires everyone's help.

Carbon footprint, climate change problems, ecological disaster, we're all aware of this, but what do you do when it comes to such questions as: "how do I fit in? what is my role in this?"
These guys have set up a wiki methodology for assembling a complex dataset, then translated into a web tool, a rich online audit http://www.WattzOn.com. It helps users understand their personal impact on the environment and how they rate compared to others WattzOn users, as well as global averages.
We know one of the biggest causes of ecological damages is flying, but then of course everything else we do, from driving, powering a home, eating, shopping, working and even one’s share of the energy necessary to make our society function. How much power do we use in our lives?
Curiosity: the top 4 countries in the world, Usa, Usrr, China and Germany have put more than half of the carbon dioxide ever put into the athmosphere since the industrial revolution.

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Bomb/Asteroid calculator


A Googlemaps utility to calculate the dimension of a nuclear bomb or asteroid, in any location.


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December 05, 2008

100.000 inflatable boobs floating in Australia


It seems that a cargo of around 100.000 inflatable boobs, got lost near the coast of Australia, they we're suposed to be delivered, to Ralph's magazine for men, that was planning to give them as a gift, with their new Issue.

We should see if our friend, ex fabricanti Scott Heinrich can find any of them floating in the beaches of Australia.

More info: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24738742-5013016,00.html

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December 04, 2008

Non Newtonian Fluidds

Is quite old, simple, and incredible. Cornstarch and water = non newtonian fluid. Pressure hits makes it behave as in a solid state.
lots of videos and experiments @ youtube

Go to 01:37 if u want to see the action quickly.

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Marta Teixeira da Silva has left the building


Before the hordes of Portuguese came in, there was Marta Teixeira da Silva. The wisest of us all, Marta distributed her inspiring words with the same elegance anywhere - from a cigarette break outside the Design Department to a big shot presentation at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. Back in her homeland, she announces: Lisboa continua muito boa!

What was life like before Fabrica?
I was in sunny Lisbon, working in Fabrica Features Lisboa, working together with Cristina Dias with whom I was also working in other projects - making special edition CD Packgings, all silk screen printed and hand made.

What was life like at Fabrica?
It was a great year. Had the chance to be part of some great projects, met a lot of beautiful and talented people, learned some italian and spanish and french, and even improved my portuguese serelepi from brazil. Had a lot of friends coming to visit, witch was also very nice. Had the honor to experiment some extraordinary recipes and some nice wine.
It was a great and full year.

Most memorable moments?
The memorable moments are always about the people which you share them with.
But being in there is already a memorable moment. It's a very special place, where you have a completely different life than at home with very different people. Everything is intense, it's one year but it runs really fast. Will never forget some smiles and great moments even if they are stupid things like having a carrot screaming inside your oven.

What is the plan now?
Back to Lisbon and enjoying every part of it and every friend. It's good to be back and being surprised again by beautiful things in this city that you tend not to forget. Working in some great projects and waiting for visits here in Lisbon.
Have a lot of memorable moments.

Last words?
Enjoy that time, be sincere and make the best out of that time in there but don´t forget that its also good to go back to reality.

Introduction by Barbara...(please join the blog team, b!!!! x)

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December 03, 2008

Sounds like...

As I am equally a musician/producer as I am a graphic designer, I've been doing some research lately on sound and video experiments. I've found some really neat stuff that has currently been popping up in the Vimeo community. Vimeo user Candas has been exploring some very interesting abstract video's and editing them to interpret the soundtrack. Super interesting and inspiring stuff.

Also Magnus Engsfors' Suddenly is also worth a look. Some amazing fx and an original take on the infamous bullet-time technique that was brought to the masses through Max Payne and of course The Matrix.

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Lorenzo Fanton has entered the building


The lovely and talented designer Lorenzo Fanton has entered the building. Find him in a stripy shirt with a hood, and ask him what he had for lunch.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Actually I don't remember....Maybe I always knew about F a b r i c a. Oh, no! When I was seventeen, I guess. I saw a conference about graphic communication in Mestre at the cultural center Candiani and there I heard the name F a b r i c a...but in that period I wasn't interested in graphic design and communication so I forgot that episode.

What have you been doing before now?
I spent three years at IUAV, and last year I graduated in Industrial Design, then I worked for a year and now I'm here!

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Have fun! Meet new people from all over the world and share new experiences! Learn english as best I can, using my little notebook (to note new words!!), and expand my knowledge in the other fields!

What will you miss from home?
Maybe nothing, just my piccolina...I come from a small town near Venice so I can get home almost anytime I want.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I want to thank all fabricanti and the other people I met here in recent days and Omar for this incredible oppurtunity, I want to suggest to everybody pass near F a b r i c a to try our MENSA!! It's AMAZING!
ah...and Piero for the photo!

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Tak Cheung had entered the building


Tak the new amazing designer (and square-dance choreographer) from the USA, entered Fabrica's grey walls many months ago, and since then I've been pestering him (like that little ferral white poodle down Fabrica's driveway) to do this welcome interview. He finally gave in, yay! Welcome again Tak!

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
It was during class at Parsons. We were having critique and I zoned out during somebody else's turn and then I over heard a side conversation about Fabrica.

What have you been doing before now?
I was working for a product design/ architecture company in Tribeca, NYC. I worked there for 4 years designing products, furniture, interiors, exhibitions, competitions and other fun filled stuff.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I would like to learn how to cook shrimp better. I would also like to learn Italian so I don't get suckered into buying 12 pounds of shrimp. But really, I'm expecting a lot. Let's see what happens.

What will you miss from home?
I called my folks over the weekend and they told me about their Thanksgiving feast, 8 course meal!!! I had pasta in white sauce that night. It's not the same.

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December 01, 2008

Jared Tarbell


Cubic Attractor.

Last week, during our workshop on generative art, Jared Tarbell was one of our patron saints.

Here's where to find his work:

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