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Two Fabrica Exhibitions to Open in Seoul

Two new Italian exhibitions are going to hit Seoul, one of which is rightly placed among the events of the Seoul New Media Biennale that started on Oct. 9, 2006 at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Both exhibitions come from the International Centre for Research on Communication named FABRICA from the same Latin word that exactly translates the English term Workshop.

In the particularly favorable and picturesque landscape of the Veneto province near Treviso, there is an architectural complex where there is a building designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando next to a country villa.

In that context groups of researchers from all over the world dedicate themselves to the study of language codes and all possible forms of expression following a working method that recalls the medieval university associations, yet employing the most advanced technologies.

The exhibition COLORS — 15/69- 15 Years in 69 Covers opens on November 14. It shows reproductions of the covers of COLORS, one of the most famous magazines in the world that have raised lots of scandals all over for their unconventional way of presenting themes of cosmic importance. Themes as human rights, refugees, slavery, climate changes of our planet, fight against diseases, especially AIDS, etc.

The first issue of COLORS featured a photograph of a newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached to her mother. On one of the most recent issues there's the calm, dignified face of an AIDS victim.

Life and death: the whole history of COLORS is contained in these two extremes and maybe a piece of history of these past years as well. 69 covers, some ironic and fun, others harsh The artworks presented in the exhibition encourage the viewers to become creative participants in the work and to negotiate the relationship between technology and artistic expression. and shocking, that reveal the theme of an issue with a single image.

And the world has changed and is changing and so has the method of producing COLORS: from the fast information and "pop" graphic design of the early issues – that has been made obsolete by the internet – to more in-depth, reflective writing, clean design and images taken almost entirely by COLORS photographers, who have contributed to changing the way of producing reportage photography – as the prestigious World Press Photo recently acknowledged.

COLORS has changed, but maybe it has simply changed in order to remain true to itself, to remain faithful to that unique, great idea at its core; the positive value of diversity. These 69 covers talk in different ways about different themes – shopping, war, food, AIDS, slavery, animals, prison, telenovelas, toys and madness. Ultimately they say exactly what they want to say.

The second exhibition will open two days after the first, namely on November 16 at the Triad New Media Gallery, remarkably directed by Mr. Robert Dean, as part of the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale. Title of the exhibition is I've been waiting for you, an exhibition of interactive and relational artworks.

The works produced by the artists of Fabrica are experimental projects which cross over the art world and commercial sector, so blurring the boundaries between art and communications.

The interactive works proposed by Fabrica for Seoul have been selected to reflect recent movements in contemporary art practice. 'I've been waiting for you' situates new interactive art practices within the wider framework of contemporary critical discourse. The artworks presented in the exhibition encourage the viewers to become creative participants in the work and to negotiate the relationship between technology and artistic expression.




 

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