Archived entries for at the Pompidou

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 7

I was at the Fabrica patio and the conversation about life and death arose. This conversation has been a constant in Fabrica lately as the work of Ashley Gilbertson is on display in one of the most sociable areas of the building. He has asked us to judge is work, to vote for the most striking and powerful images of his project called Death and Birth.
The conversation was between Pia and Juan and they had their different take on the images. Juan just said “the pictures are cheesy, better said, a bit cheesy.” Then he added that the selection process was a good thing. While Pia, on the other hand, said some of the images are “very memorable.” The photo project by Ashley will be displayed at FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre.
Voting system for the images.
Pia continued to argue: “I like the picture of the old lady, it is the most shocking and disturbing image out of the selection; it is thought-provoking.” Juan thought the best image was the one of the large guy with the child’s coffin. Pia replayed “I like the dark one, the one of the profile of a dead guy in his storage box for the morgue.” I personally like the one of the three generations looking into the hole.
The best part of Ashley’s exercise is that he is creating a buzz of his work. The final selection is still to be made and the images are already controversial amongst us. It will be a nice show of very contrasting images, as the subject is by itself: Death and Birth.
Pia and Juan Arguing about the images of Ashley Gilbertson.

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 6

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 5.

I was talking today to Daniel Hirschman from the Interactive department and I asked him: “what’s your favorite installation in the exhibit for the Pompidou (excluding your own department)?” Daniel responded without hesitation, “the Dialogs project”. My next question was: “why?”
“The dialog between two speakers is only clearly heard from two specific spots in front of the installation. These places are at perpendicular to one another and as I view the work, listen to the dialog presented in front of me, I can watch and connect with the person listening to the dialog on the other side. While the voice speaks, a projection of the text is presented letter by letter on what looks like the digital character o an LCD. The communication by the voices and letters in juxtaposition to the positioning of the two listeners creates an interesting tension (heightened by the difficulty to hear the voices and read the text simultaneously) Fun!”

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: On Your Own

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 4.

Here at Farbica we often have visitors of different kinds: journalists, experts in communications, parents, courious people. The tour is pretty much always the same: people walk into the nice building and check out the stuff we make here, going through the different departments. One thing that usually happens is that they go to the photography department and it’s almost a desert. There might be one or two photographers around, hardly more. This because they work in the real word, where things happen. So for FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre, they have left the building a while ago to work on their project, and they travelled all over the world.
The six individual projects create a single collective report of the ongoing changes in the world: I SEE.
The Middle Distance, by Olivia Arthur, examins the different attitudes towards women in the cultural cross-over between East and West by looking at young women in the countries that straddle the border of Europe and Asia, at what they hope for in life and at the pressures and expectations put on them by their societies that may restrict it. The pictures tell the stories of women from the trans-continental eurasian countries and investigate the ways in which societies show respect for women as the centre of the cultural and religious fight between modernisation and tradition, between a simple respect for women’s dignity and the one for their freedom of choosing their own lives.

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Fuck TV

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Elevator

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 3

One day closer to Paris. I had just opened the text editor to write this diary for the first time when I heard noise and excitment from upstairs. Upstairs from Writing Department (where I am actually writing from) means Interactive Department. I went upstairs trying to understand what was that about and I found out it’s because The Tuned Stairs are done.
What the Tuned Stairs are is something we in writing know quite well because to get them ready hammers, drills, saws and other noisy tools have been needed. And as if that wasn’t enough, the stairs themselves are called Tuned, not Silent. So the first prototype had mechanic sounds and then they have been changed with metal bells, animal noises, guitar strings, plasrtic bells… all trying to find the kind of sound that would have perfectly fit the stairs. This means that downstairs we were kind of forced to listen to the non-stop stairs concert…
But now they are done in the last version: xylophone’s sounds… they’re amazing! And since I have been about to go crazy for the made-up noises more than once, you can trust my opinion…

Fabrica at Pompidou. Video Preview: Ice

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

Fabrica at Pompidou. Going to Paris. Day 2

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

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