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FABRICANTE IN POST-IT FORM

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.
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Fabrica also works as an escape route from whatever’s been smothering you.

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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:
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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…
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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.
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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,:
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computer whiz’s,:
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and the trendiest 20-something’s from around the globe:
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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.”
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Part 7 – Pastime Activities
You sit and count the number of people who have visited your blog.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Here’s how you start to begin again: sit at your desk and take off the pen cap. See if anything comes from it.
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