Tag Archives: factory

industrial landscape and encroaching weather…

North West Spain, Galicia:

Storm rolling over a wood processing factory, the smoke from the factory mixes with the fast moving clouds. I find it beautiful…

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wool factory…

We take the residents to visit the wool mill of Ermenegildo Zegna in Trivero (a village, 35 minutes drive uphill from Biella), it is one of my favourite places on earth. Everyone falls in love with it…the machinery, the sounds, the rhythms, the mountains…especially the huge room where the weaving looms are. I spent a lot of time here in the past on previous art/design projects (Habituszegna and Bacheca), but i still find new angles and corners every time i come here…

(film by margavp, soundtrack by eric darken from freeplaymusic.com)

beauty and the beer factory…

A break from the Biennale and back to Biella and 2 recent trips we made with the UNIDEE residency…

What can i say, life is sometimes not so bad! On this day we visited the factory of the marvellous Menabrea beer, situated right here in Biella. Founded in 1846…

Meanwhile another trip sees us heading to Castello di Rivoli (near Turin) and the contemporary art collection there.

The gallery holds on to the arcane notion of no photographs being allowed inside the permanent collection, eventually i wrestle permission to take them only for the institutional blog i keep for the UNIDEE residence itself, click here to see them. Otherwise am posting one sneakily in here (until someone tells me to take it down!)

The work by Goshka Macuga is called The Nature of the Beast and revolves around the original painting of Picasso’s Guernica presented at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1939 and the placement and role of the tapestry at the United Nations HQ in NYC from 1985 to 2009.


moving stories…

One of the best things about living in Biella is the industrial landscape, beautiful, crumbling old factory spaces abound.  Last night i got to enter an new, old space; an old factory up the hill in Cossila, has opened up as a new temporary art space.

These ex industrial spaces with huge dramatic interiors and peeling walls are tailor made for this kind of video projection, the show is impressive…especially considering we are somewhat off the beaten path. Walk uphill for about half an hour towards Oropa on a winding road with no pavement (in the dark!) and eventually you will get there…

Moving Stories – a travelling exhibition.  Six new works are presented by  six partners in their countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria France and Poland) throughout 2011. Participating artists are Candice Breitz, MASBEDO, Mihai Grecu, Nicolas Provost, Paweł Janicki and Rainer Gamsjäger.

nebbia*…

the sun does not always shine in Biella…

carpark

industrial age woolmill on the banks of the cervo river…in the fog

the tempest

*nebbia -italian for mist/fog