Monthly Archives: September 2010

14 desks…

Am repeating the images i posted the other day in my UNIDEE blog, because this is indeed a very interesting time, we are in the last 10 days of a 4 month residency and the studio space is about to dramatically change.

Everything will be cleared out and next week we will start to install works. You can become very accustomed life in to a residency, every experience (both good and bad) becomes heightened, and you can pack into 4 months what you might normally experience in one year. So it is a big deal to have to clear out your studio space. Right now i think the desks in our space look very beautiful, full of work and ideas hence this post:

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la transumanza 2…

…couldn’t resist another post about the transumanza, as it is all around me at the moment.

This time i followed them for a bit as i wanted to see how they negotiated roundabouts and other such obstacles…the answer is…in their stride. Its funny, all the roads around Biella right now are marked by cow shit tracing the various paths and routes they have taken…I recorded the cowbells this time, the sound you hear below has not been tampered with at all…

blixa…

Funny but of late there seems to have been a bit of a trend for gigs and accompanying art exhibitions round these parts, only the other week i saw Patti Smith play live at Bovisio in Milan, while the ticket also got you into the exhibition It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!

…as you can see from the exterior, it’s basically a show of musicians dabbling in ART…it included Pete(r) Doherty drawings using his own blood…so it must be art…hmmmm. Musically speaking Patti Smith was well, Patti Smith…you can’t complain about that, and age has not withered Patti, she is still rather fabulous…

Fast forward a week or 2 and i find myself near Turin at the Castello di Rivoli Contemporary art museum, this time to see Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto play a set and again the ticket also gives you the price of gallery entry to a group show (EXHIBITION EXHIBITION) inside the gallery. Regardless of what’s on show, I love the idea of going to see art at midnight, it seems like a good use of time. In fact the art was so so, but Blixa…wow…unlike Patti age has withered Blixa, but he was compelling, part Golam, part weird old drunk professor…falsetto screams…Teutonic rants, electronica…white noise…what’s not to like??? I made a wee stop motion film…see below

Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto live at Castello di Rivoli, Turin – Sept 23th 2010

 

arguta…

…obviously there are probably a million species of fruit and vegetables that i have never seen or heard of…today i learned a new one.

Felicità is a local producer here in Biella who comes to the courtyard in Cittadellarte once a week with whatever is in season on her land to sell to all of us who work here. Today she brought some Arguta. It’s like a small kiwi, it’s very sweet and you eat it whole without peeling, it’s also known as hardy kiwifruit, kiwi berry, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi or cocktail kiwi and grows in a vine like the regular kiwi. Its very hardy and can withstand gradual drops to cold temperatures (for those of you thinking of growing it)…and it tastes really good…

la transumanza…

transumanza from the Latin words “tras” (through/across) and “humus” (land or soil)

Biella is known for it’s industrial past but it is also situated in the heart of mountains, plains, pastures and farmland…

So getting up very early in the morning does have its benefits. This morning around 7.30 as i was heading up the road away from the Fondazione on my way up to town to have my breakfast, when i heard the distant clanging of many cow bells. It was the transumanza – my favourite way to mark the seasons over here…

…basically this is the twice yearly ritual of moving animals, here mainly cattle, down from the mountain and into the plains for the duration of the extremely harsh winters they have up in the hills around here. They pass right by Cittadellarte on via Serralunga, and have a rest in the neighbouring car park before carrying on towards the savanna of Baraggia…and then in the spring time they go up again…

The noise made by the bells around their necks as they wander past on the road makes a sound that implies there are a thousand head of cattle on the way, this small herd could be heard from a distance for a long time before we could see them…

cows in the cow car park