The secret sound garden of Francesco Novara
After a long day in a hot, sunbaked Fabrica, a rabble of eager fabricanti clutching ice creams and coffee freshly expelled from the the machinetta, hasten their way down to the cool depths of the Fabrica Cinema for an extended evening of film and frolics.
They are met by Francesco Novara, veteran of F A B R I C A Musica, waiting, poised to present beneath a huge projection screen showing an entrance display of ‘hilarious football goofs’ to lighten the mood. When we are all sitting comfortably, Francesco begins. “It can be a little lonely [recording and producing in the studio] as you’re always on you’re own”, he explains, not quite answering the question always on our minds at the start of Thurs-Day-Night fabricanti presentations of ‘what exactly do you do at Fabrica?’ Although everyone had previously heard Francesco’s work and were aware of his talent, it still came as a surprise when one month ago he revealed ‘The quick fox and the lazy dog’, the original CD accompaniment to the Fabrica ColoursNotebook project. In his Thurs-Day-Night presentation Francesco picks apart various tracks from this collection for us, revealing the method in the madness which took stimulus from computer font names such as ‘courier new’ and turned them into recorded samples which were then mixed, chopped and assembled along with a series of diverse rhythms and vocals, all produced by Francesco himself, to create this album of original contemporary music which was presented with the ColorsNotebook project in Berlin last month.
The presentation culminated with a full volume ‘sound a light show’ (thank you to Gabo on the lights…) of ‘Stencil’, a fabricanti favorite off ‘The quick fox and the lazy dog’, leaving everyone just about rejuvenated enough to take on the Godfather double bill which took the more hardcore film watchers way into the night.
Archived entries for Featured Project
The FFF contest, promoted by Fabrica and by Forma, International Center of Photography, Milano, received about 160 entries from all over the world for both F and F25 awards.
The recipient of the F award is Leonie Purchas, from Great Britain, with the essay “In the shadow of things.”
The winner of the F25 award is for Abdul Munem Wasif, from Bangladesh, with “Old Dhaka”.
The winning F project will receive a contribution of euro 20.000, the possibility of publishing a book and of having an exhibition of the selected work. The F25 winner (for photographers under 25), will be awarded a one year scholarship in Fabrica’s Photography Department.
Freelance illustrator, writer and painter, ex fabricante Andrew Luke –better known as Andy Sinboy, is featuring his new and shiny website.
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.
I’m proud to announce my very own Fabrica project, called World Today, for which we are looking for independent Editors from around the world for collaboration:
Through the technical and financial development of our society, the world has become smaller than ever. Dominating cultures stretch their influences through the global medias and communication tools. In some cases this adds value to a local culture, but in many cases it waters cultural diversity down.
The aim of this project is to cultivate these local varieties and to publish an honest reflection of our world today, accessable to everybody, also to those with low education levels. We want to give a voice to people outside of the mainstream and to deliver reliable and direct information about local cultures.
Therefore we are looking for English speaking Editors from around the world, with a strong connection to their cultural roots and a fine understanding in how to approach local people from different social classes and races.
If you are interested, please contact Christian Etter through e-mail christian.etter(at)fabrica.it to receive more information.
Hey Kids, now you can finally own your own copy of “Venice is Not Sinking” a compilation of 10 short stories and 6 short films that were written, produced, and illustrated from some of your very favourite Fabricanti and special guests.
Published by Marsilio, in collaboration with Venice is not sinking, an association promoting cultural initiatives in Venice.
Visit the official website here, where you can download some of the stories and videos.
Announcing the coolest widget a Fabricante could ever have:
Mensalady Widget for OS X
What it does:
The widget will say “Its mensa time!” at 12:40 regardles it’s visible or not. It will also show random crazy quotes, and if you click on the mensa lady, she will turn around and show you the daily menu.
Marco Mucig, It moves through, Stazione di Topolò 2006.
Until 16th July- Topolò, Udine.
Topolò/ Topolove is not a fairy tale village but a real place between Italy and Slovenia with 33 inhabitants. Since 1994 in July it turns into “Topolò Station- Postaja Topolove” a place of sensitive encounters and cultural exchange. Topolò s not an episodic event or a festival but a place where art meets life, where you are completely immersed in an artistic atmosphere. For this year’s edition of Stazione/ Postaia also the Fabricante Marco Mucig has been involved to develop a project. It moves through is the title of his video created by capturing istants and images of Topolo’ s village. The peculiarity of this artistic project is that the emergence of a little detail brings life to an apparently immobile situation.These are the artist words to present his project:
There are places where nothing happens: ideas stale and people migrate. Those places, led by different circumstances to stall, seem not destined to change. If you take a closer look through, even there something moves: insignificant vibrations, meaningless details which carry the prophecy of a rebirth, the hopefor a revolution. With my camera i will explore the village’s path to choose views and situations that i will photograph over time. The editing of these images will create a video. In every situation, apparently condemned to stale, a little detail will bring a new life, since the interest for little things is the only engine able to rescue arid, bored, immobile worlds.
We posted earlier about these T-Shirts being available, when we found out about it from Papermag… but who else on earth would be better to give you all the info about these shirts but us?!? Hell, we made them! So I went hunting for the images of the shirts and here I give them to you. (Thanks Marian!)
The Fabrica Limited Edition T-shirts: T-shirts You Want to Wear are now on shelves in the Benetton stores around the world. These shirts were designed by the Fabricanti in the Visual Communications department, and they’re now available for you to buy! buy! buy! They come in both men and women’s sizes, though some designs are limited to one gender or another. We do hope they don’t cost a fortune, so we can actually afford to get them ourselves. Did I mention it’s limited edition? Go now!
Benetton store locator
More detailed images of the designs in the full post, so you can make your selection before running to the stores.
Another Fabrica installation is going up in the world, this time in the uberhip store Colette in Paris. Besides the interactive installation in the window, there will also be a very unique “Ice Cream Performance” by our ice-cream designer, Prima Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya.
An interactive mixed media installation by Fabrica artists exhibited in the windows of colette.
Paris, 12 –17 June 2006
Sneak-preview, 9 June from 6pm – 9pm.