Monthly Archives: June 2010

seasonal insomnia

…i am tired, every morning i wake up bang on 6.06 am..without fail no matter what time i go to sleep at night. Last year it was a regular 5.58 am awakening so at least i have gained 8 minutes on last year. And it can also be tiring to work in such a “complex” art institution (the internal politics in this place could give Machiavelli a bad name…!) but there is good stuff too,  some great proposals of work from the residents (will post more when their projects further along), a lot of nice new people, lunch today here in Biella up in the Circolo del Piazzo,  of steak and salad underneath the the shade of growing grape vines, Sunday afternoon spent in a hammock in the roof of some friend’s house (those Colombians really know how to relax…) and that is a vuvuzela in the bottom photo by the way…

holes in the landscape

Two weeks into a 4 month residency…its amazing to see how much the same patterns are followed. There is already inter-resident romance!!! (this tends to happen very quickly – 4 months here is a little like a condensed 2 years in”normal’ life) Incidentally this can be a very nice thing for the participants of the romance or a TOTAL nightmare, if the relationship ends and you then have to spend every waking hour with the a person you might prefer to avoid… There have been mutterings about the predisposition towards the over-dialogue of things here…there has been the discovery of the “Madonna Nera” of Oropa (one of my personal favourites…i will post more on her at a later date) There has been the opening of the annual Arte al Centro exhibition, which brought with it one very annoying super arrogant French “artist”…who overstayed his welcome and who at the end of the day was always too lazy to go to his hotel room in the town, and would always find his way back to the sofa in my apartment (someone annoyingly always let him in)…more observations to follow…meanwhile here are some holes in the wall from the Ricetto, the medieval quarter from the neighbouring village of Candelo:


throwing stones…

I actually already posted this on the UNIDEE2010 blog i am also running right now. It is a game shown to us by Inass, the resident from Palestine, i loved it. It is simple and complex and costs nothing, i saw similar things when i was in India, kids inventing entertainment out of nothing but what surrounds them, way better than video games…Just try the first phase if it seems too complicated, that is hard enough!

Palestinian resident Inass Yassin has given us all a new obsession, the game of 5 stones (warning, it is addictive…) here are her rules and also a short film she has made to explain how to play:

5 stones:
“A traditional game we played as children in Palestine in the 70s-80s.

In 1987, the first Palestinian Intifada started as the stones revolution.
Since then, I’m not sure how many children are still playing the game, but the stone has become a national symbol.
Follow these rules to win 1 point:
•    you throw the 5 stones on the ground for the first round and try to pick each one up individually while you are throwing another stone in the air. You are not allowed to touch other stones while playing apart from the one you pick up.
•    second round, you throw the 5 stones trying to keep them in pairs so you can pick up each pair together. Again you are not allowed to touch the other pair, if you do, you lose!
•    third round, you have to pick up 3 stones in one go and the single one in another
•    in the fourth, you have to pick the 4 stones together.
•    THEN…
•    Back hand: throw the 5 stones in the air and try to catch them on the back of your hand,  you have to catch at least 2 otherwise you lose. The other player nominates one stone to be “his mother” which means a stone that you should protect and never let fall. But you have to let the other stones fall, and you have to catch the mother with you fingers, and then tap it on the ground and throw it in the air and catch it again, if you do it, you pass the hand back to shoot.
•    Cave shoot: you have to shape your hand like an arch as shown in video,- difficult to explain- and you throw the stones as it is shown in the video, the other player should choose the “mother” stone, you are not allowed to move the mother till  last, you have to bring the other stones into the cave in 3 moves maximum. then you have to bring the mother into the cave by one move.
•    if you do all steps successfully you get one point.”

watch the video and all will become clear…sort of… and like i said…it is addictive…

more EZ…

So following on from the previous post and the aforementioned 100yrs celebration exhibition…

here are some images from the setting up of the show…

That is Matteo Piazza, kneeling on the left, he is a proper photographer, he uses a 40 mega pixel hasselblad camera!!! and spends a really long time on each shot…and he takes some really nice photographs…

There are huge rooms full of these wooden crates in Zegna, they are used to store wool thread. I designed an installation using them for habituszegna in Trivero. Some of them are almost 100 years and you can trace the different ages by how the E Z logo is branded onto the boxes.

weird and wonderful skiwear from the ’70’s…

the giant mirrored apple is an artwork by Michelangelo Pistoletto

E Z on the catwalk and elsewhere…

Super busy day with UNIDEE today, so will try to add to this post bit by bit throughout the day, keep checking the blog!

Masses to post about! Yesterday was the official day of celebration for the 100th Anniversary of Ermenegildo Zegna.  Got up at the ludicrous hour of 5am in order to get from Biella to Milan in time for the morning catwalk shows…

Got to take my favourite spot in the photographers pit…think Italian fashion photographers pack might be slightly more “gentlemanly” than most as i arrived late and they let me through to find a spot at the back. I had some serious equipment envy – me with my relatively modest Lumix G1 SLR (as ever sans tripod!),  and them with…well this:

there were shows by Ermenegildo Zegna and also ZZegna…

There were a lot of italian “celebs” at this event, but i lived 5 years without a TV here, so i did not know who they were, just that they were surrounded by paparazzi…although they seemed to take pictures of any female in a short skirt and high heels so maybe they were not all so famous…

Ok, this oriental gentleman, was resplendent in white bermuda shorts, brogues, a polka dot jacket and as you can see, a cream coloured top hat…i still have to find out who he is, but he was in the front row of the catwalk so i guess he is “somebody” Actually just found out he is a fashion journalist, is that “somebody”????

Shoes and bad frocks:

by the way that’s Anna Dello Rosso in the top right of this montage –  keep watching still more to come…