The Best of 2016

Projects, people, events.

20 December 2016

Area: Design

On Saturday, 17 December, more than 3000 people attended MERRY FABRICA – Pop up Christmas market, a day of shopping, talks, live music and street food organized by Fabrica, in collaboration with Paw Chew Go and Treviso Comic Book Festival.

A unique opportunity to look for original Christmas gifts, attend the lectures by Italian and international creatives or simply spend time with friends in the beautiful environments designed by Tadao Ando.
Many brands and artists, mostly from the world of illustration, have joined the initiative.

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Many of the world's most creative and innovative minds met at Fabrica, from June 24 to 26, for the first REUNION in the research center's 22-year history. More than 350 former fellowship holders who have maintained ties with Fabrica over the years—designers, programmers, photographers, video makers, writers, journalists and all-round creative people—have enthusiastically accepted the invitation, coming from 40 countries. Important personalities such as Alejandro Aravena, 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate and Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and Erik Kessels, artist, curator and founder of the Kesselskramer communications agency, have participated at the event.

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Recognition is an artificial intelligence programme that, from 2 September to 27 November, has compared up-to-the-minute photojournalism from Reuters with British art from the Tate collection. The project is the winner of IK Prize 2016 for digital innovation. This year’s edition is in partnership with Microsoft.

Recognition, which drew the attention of the prestigious New York Times, was presented on November 3 during the Paris summit organized by the Google Cultural Institute Lab, and was also featured at Microsoft Office’s big Led cube in Times Square.

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On the occasion of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), Fabrica has conceived a new campaign for United Colors of Benetton. The campaign features an image and a video in which two dancers – mother-daughter duo Lucy Briaschi and Tiziana Bolfe – perform a series of refined and yet powerful dance steps that represent both how women have always been a target of violence and the need to act together to stop this injustice.
The campaign is part of Benetton’s Women Empowerment Program, a series of initiatives that support women empowerment and gender equality.

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Sposami (Marry me) is an exhibition and performance curated by Fabrica that took place from 9 to 11 September at the Triennale in Milan, as part of the event Il Tempo delle Donne by Corriere della Sera.
A real wedding reception, where tables and accessories visually represented the results of a research about sexuality conducted by Corriere della Sera.
At the end of the venue visitors found the sweetheart table. Here they had the opportunity to marry again their beloved one – bowler hat and bride veil were available to take a picture and keep memory of this moment.

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Fabrica’s long lasting tradition of workshops and lectures in 2016 has seen the participation of important personalities from the world of art and culture:

Fabrizio L'Abbate, Head of the Corporate Design and Graphics team, and Marco Trovatello, Cross-Media Coordinator and Communication strategist at ESA (European Space Agency); Massimo Banzi co-founder of Arduino, Italy; Sergio Pappalettera, artist, and Saturnino, bassist, collaborators of Lorenzo Jovanotti, Italy; John Holmstrom, illustrator, writer and founder of Punk Magazine; Aric Chen, lead curator of the design and architecture at M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Dan Matutina, graphic designer and illustrator, Philippines; Nike Italy, executive education workshop; Willem De Kooning Academy Rotterdam, workshop; Alex Lobos, Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Usa; Cathleen Ashworth, Professor in the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology, Usa; Christine Heusner, Senior Lecturer in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, Usa; Mandy Magyar, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, Usa; Amy Larkin, producer, activist and author, Usa; Marion Hislen, curator and director of Circulation(s) Festival, France; Nikola Tosic, founder of; Simone de Dreuille, architect, France; Amanda Sans, director, screenwriter, journalist and producer, Spain.

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