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Jun 03, 2013

On 5th June the UN celebrates World Environment Day around the globe. Fabrica has produced a video on how we consume and waste food, with the support of UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). The video has been selected to be shown for the whole month of June in Times Square, New York, and Piccadilly Circus, London, during UNEP's celebrations for this observance.

To see the video: https://vimeo.com/67387902

May 25, 2013

"Making Art from Breaking-Up", the personal project of our Russian visual designer Irina Gliudza, is exhibited within the section "Schools at Work".

10 Illustrations telling stories about break-ups and revenge on ex lovers. The project transforms the destructive power of failed love into the power of creation.


May 18, 2013

Martedì 21 maggio alle ore 20 Roberto Saviano incontra i lettori e i giovani creativi di Fabrica per la presentazione del suo libro ZeroZeroZero (I Narratori Feltrinelli | 444 pagine, 18 euro).

“Guarda la cocaina, vedrai polvere. Guarda attraverso la cocaina, vedrai il mondo.”

Dopo l’incontro, l’autore firma le copie del suo libro.

Ingresso libero dalle 19 fino a esaurimento dei posti disponibili.

In caso di maltempo l’evento si terrà ugualmente.

Via Postioma, 54/F
Catena di Villorba (Tv)
Tel: 0422516209


May 16, 2013

BERG, the London based product invention and design studio, is excited to welcome Fabrica as the launch partner for Sandbox – a collaborative research and development program for the prototyping and creation of a new generation of connected products and services.

Sandbox is a global program for academic and industry partners, based on BERG Cloud, the world’s friendliest and most complete Internet of Things and connected products platform. Sandbox comprises a campus-wide BERG Cloud network, dev boards, and product invention workshops enabling each partner organisation to prototype and develop their own connected products.

From their Italian headquarters, a seventeenth century villa restored and enlarged by Tadao Ando, Sandbox will allow Fabrica to work with their own researchers, partners and clients to prototype connected objects, spaces and experiences, as media, arts, government, retail, healthcare, community, built environment and other sectors continue to be transformed by communications technologies.

Dan Hill, CEO of Fabrica said “Sandbox is a unique opportunity for Fabrica’s researchers to imagine and prototype how these new connected objects and spaces will begin to radically change the way we live, work, play, organise and communicate. Going beyond the hype around 'smart cities' and Internet of Things, we are layering these technologies over our wonderful building to create a unique, open demonstrator - to help both us and our clients understand what it truly means to live and work with these exciting possibilities."

Matt Webb, CEO of BERG said “Sandbox is a unique global collaborative effort that will link the sharpest and most inquisitive creative minds with BERG Cloud the friendliest and most complete platform for connected products.”

As BERG opens Sandbox up to more partners over the summer, each is able to opt to share their experiences and insights with each other via quarterly round-tables. Partners are actively encouraged to show-and-tell their work and experience, and potentially collaborate together on connected products which make use of BERG Cloud.
This collaboration with BERG recognises once again Fabrica’s role in exploring new approaches and possibilities in the creative use of technology, confirming the long tradition of interactive projects developed by the centre since its foundation in 1994.

You can download images of Fabrica and the BERG Cloud Dev Kit from http://cl.ly/0g0D3s0x433v

About BERG
BERG have been developing products for the future since 2003 from their base near Old St at the heart of the cluster of tech and product companies around Tech City and Silicon Roundabout.

BERG’s first connected consumer product Little Printer, launched to great acclaim in September 2012 and is currently shortlisted in the Design of the Year competition at the Design Museum in London.

BERG Cloud is the world’s friendliest and most complete Internet of Things and connected products platform - a secure, stable and extendable operating system, hardware platform and developer tools, making it as easy and cost-effective to develop connected products as it currently is to develop for the web.

Fabrica is the communication research centre of Benetton Group. It was created in 1994 with the aim of combining culture with industry and offering young people from around the world an opportunity for creative growth and multicultural, multidisciplinary interaction.

Fabrica invites young artists and designers to its centre, offering them a one-year residency and providing them with a training opportunity and a wealth of resources and relations, by working on real projects for a wide range of clients. The young researchers develop cultural and social communication projects in the areas of design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video, music and publishing, working with Fabrica's full-time faculty.

For further information:

Mark Cridge
Ph: +44 7968 592550

Angela Quintavalle
Ph: +390422516209

May 14, 2013

From May 24th to June 10th 2013 Vivid Sydney will feature a selection of Happiness and other survival techniques, an exhibition by COLORS magazine which had its world première at the Design Museum in London in April 2012. Inspired by the magazine’s 83rd edition Happiness, the exhibit is one of the events of Vivid Sydney, a festival including light installations, projections, music performances, public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.

Through photographic reportage and illustration, Happiness and other survival techniques will take the visitor on a quirky tour on plastic smiles, laughter yoga sessions and electrodes planted in the human brain. A chance to get the visitors more closely involved in the reality of a magazine that has been talking about "the rest of the world” for over twenty years.

With its 83rd issue Happiness, COLORS offers a survival guide to happiness worldwide, investigating approaches to joy from Korea, to Mexico, to Finland, and grounding them in neuroscience and psychology to tell you how best to get your endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and norepinephrine – the chemicals in your brain which are, scientifically speaking, the only things you really enjoy. Everyone – from the Dalai Lama to joggers in the park – spends most of his life trying to reach happiness. In their pursuit of it, Americans spend $20 billion a year on self-help and antidepressants. But wealth alone doesn't seem to work – people in the West are twice as rich as they were 60 years ago, yet no more satisfied with their lives. And twenty years from now, the World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the biggest health burden in the world. The question urgently needs answering: what does make you happy?

On May 24th from 1 to 2pm at the Wharf Theatre Mauro Bedoni, COLORS Photo Editor, will be one of the speakers of Reading in the E-Future, a panel organized by the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Before long, more people will be reading on mobile devices than on desktops. Is this technology changing how and what we read? After 22 years since its foundation in 1991 COLORS still bets on a paper magazine, a collector's item that lasts over time. A magazine for those who prefer to savor every detail instead of consuming it in the rush of the online reading. Presented in collaboration with Vivid Ideas.  Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

On May 26th from 4 to 6pm at the MCA Forum Harbourside Mauro Bedoni and Chris Ying, Lucky Peach Editor (San Francisco) will host a panel discussion explaining how they bring together content from contributors around the world, develop complex themes into entertaining and thought-provoking issues and discuss how independent publishers can thrive in the blog age.

COLORS is a quarterly, monothematic magazine founded in 1991 under the direction of Oliviero Toscani and Tibor Kalman. It is distributed internationally and published in six bilingual editions (English+Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese). The COLORS editorial team is part of FABRICA, the Benetton Group’s communications research centre, and is composed of an international team of young researchers, editors, art directors and photographers. It is assisted by the constant collaboration of a network of correspondents from every corner of the world. FABRICA director Dan Hill is an ex-Sydneysider and was picked in the inaugural list of "Sydney's creative catalysts" in Vivid 2009.

Vivid Sydney – Lights | Music | Ideas will take over Sydney after dark from 24 May – 10 June 2013; the city will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.

MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. Recent redevelopment by architect Sam Marshall had transformed the Museum with spacious new galleries.

Happiness and other survival techniques

Panel discussions:

Reading in the E-Future
May 24th, 1-2pm
Wharf Theatre 2
Pier 4/5, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay, Sydney

Indie Magazines: high end content, low end budgets
May 26th, 4-6pm
MCA Forum Harbourside
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Exhibition: May 24th – June 10th
Monday – Thursday 12-7pm
Thursday – Sunday 2pm - Midnight

Shop 2.06
140 George Street (Old MCA Entrance), Sydney 2000

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