From 25 to 31 October 2012 COLORS will be in Sao Paolo to promote the new edition of the magazine in Portuguese, following an agreement with publisher Amarello who, starting with issue 84 Apocalypse: a survival guide, will distribute it in Brazil. A chance to get young Brazilians more closely involved in the reality of a magazine that has been talking about "the rest of the world", away from the limelight of media attention, for over twenty years, and to reaffirm Fabrica's long-standing interest in this South American country, as evinced by the numerous projects undertaken over the years.
Supporting the launch on 25 October, Patrick Waterhouse and Cosimo Bizzarri, respectively creative and executive directors of COLORS, will hold a workshop with Mesa&Cadeira (Table&Chair). The theme of the workshop held by the COLORS team is COLORS – A Survival Guide to Sao Paulo, the same format used for the last four issues (Transport, Shit, Happiness and the brand new Apocalypse) in which the magazine is conceived as a survival manual, offering instructions and suggestions on how to prepare for the future.
Mesa&Cadeira is an educational project founded by Barbara Soalheiro, a former artist-in-residence at Fabrica, who organises workshops where participants of all ages and backgrounds sit together around a table and work on a real project. A professional from the relevant sector guides them, helping them to solve their strategic dilemmas. Prominent personalities have taken part, leading previous editions of Mesa&Cadeira, including: Andy Cameron, interactive director of Fabrica; English artist Anthony Burrill; Alex Bec and Will Hudson, founders of It’s Nice That, and Casey Caplowe, co-founder of Good.
Bringing this intense week of meetings to a close, the official presentation of the new Portuguese edition of COLORS, to be held on 31 October at the prestigious Amarello headquarters in the centre of Sao Paolo. Opinion leaders from a range of backgrounds – art, culture, design, fashion - will attend the event.
The publisher AMARELLO also produces a quarterly contemporary culture magazine of the same name, exploring art, design, fashion, music, cinema, photography and politics. It includes contributions from artists, writers, photographers, architects, designers, musicians and poets, each giving their own personal interpretation of a common theme.
FABRICA AND BRAZIL
Fabrica has always taken a particular interest in Brazil, developing numerous initiatives: from Rocinha, daylight of a favela, a documentary by Carlos Casas on Rio de Janeiro's largest slum, which in turn inspired five short stories, written by five young authors at Fabrica, published by Mondadori (2004), to issue 68 of COLORS, dedicated entirely to the Amazon rainforest, with an introduction by Gilberto Gil (2006). The young Brazilian Fabrica film director Heloisa Sartorato is one of the directors of I am Jesus (2010), an internationally successful documentary portraying three communities, in Brazil, Siberia and Great Britain, which have grown up around three different personalities claiming to represent the Second Coming of Christ. Brazilian multimedia artist João Wilbert is the creator of Exquisite Clock (2010), a clock made up of numbers collected from everyday life: through the website www.exquisiteclock.org, users are invited to collect and upload pictures of numbers found in the broadest range of different contexts. Exquisite Clock has taken part in various international events and exhibitions. Recently, COLORS has enjoyed another prestigious collaboration, this time with young Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade. At the end of 2011, for the special COLORS project With Love, Andrade shot Cine Rincão, a documentary based on a true story, which was screened at the Venice International Film Festival 2012, as part of YouTube's YourFilmFestival.
For further information:
Xarene Escandar, a Media Artist from US, held a lecture titled “Moment – Event”. The lecture took place at Fabrica on Friday 19 October 2012.
Fabrica has been invited to participate in “Parallel Formats”, a photography festival in Prague celebrating the 10th Anniversary of FOTOGRAF, a magazine dedicated to photography and visual culture. On October 20th at the French Institute Enrico Bossan, director of Fabrica’s Photography Department and of COLORS magazine, will hold the lecture “You can’t shoot what you don’t know”.