Tag Archives: biella

some of the mushrooms may be radioactive…

I love a bit of foraging me, but have always avoided mushroom hunting as it seems to be really the territory for someone who REALLY knows what they are doing…i mean potential liver failure and/or death just for eating the wrong kind of wild mushrooms…well it’s really not worth it…and the Xerocomus, badius – below were labelled radioactive!

wild mushrooms from Biella

wild mushrooms from Biella

So i was kite flying amongst the clouds in the local Bielmonte mountains (this will be another post) and i found this marvellous display in front of one of the eateries up there…all from the Biella area. Click on the thumbnails below for a better look:

Anyway for now my lack of expertise does not stop me from enjoying looking at them and one day i hope to go wild mushroom hunting with an expert…until then i will merely enjoy the view.

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if you only have 120 seconds of your life, what story would you tell?…

There is still time to submit to the FILANDO BIELLA International 120 second Film Festival 2013 (see earlier post).

DEADLINE is extended up to the 25th of September:

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Deadline Extension

rolling the ball…


Ok, so i like this work, Ayed Arafah is interested in the concept of playing and how we tend to lose this capacity as we become older…he rolls a sphere made from plastic waste bins around Biella, encouraging people to join in and play with it…

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So Biella is a tough crowd, it’s not always so easy to engage and involve on the the street but this work, works. People constantly ask what it is, why, they join in and push, they even get out of their cars to push…and mostly they smile. It’s a simple thing but not so easy to do and for a little while creates a common language that has nothing to do with speaking English, Italian or Arabic…

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…a family plays with the ball for ages…and here is where this kind of intervention is nice, you actually start to talk to people, rather than just existing in the same space with them…

P1070698“guarding” the sphere while the artist buys chips…photo by ayed arafah

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…meanwhile Ilaria swaps cotton candy for aluminium…but that’s another post i think:

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behind the laptops…

…with every residence you become aware of certain moments that will remain as images or memories of that particular period of time. This picture for me is absolutely one of those moments. Ilaria and Richard work crazy hours every day, long into the night but still manage to be an integral part of everything…and be nice to everyone… for sure i will always have this image of them both, heads appearing from behind laptop screens, immersed in their work but still part of the conversation…

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oropa in 30 seconds…

There now follows a series of gratuitous shots of the Sanctuary of Oropa dedicated to the famous (round here) Madonna Nera (Black Madonna). It is soooo fantastic in the mist and on a foggy Tuesday morning there is only us there…

Not the Black Madonna but a Black Madonna (you can catch a glimpse of the original one in the film at the bottom of the post:

…and you can buy her too…

Anyway shot some footage of the glorious emptiness – warning the following film includes holy water and nuns praying to a Black Madonna…all in 30 seconds: