Anton Alvarez / Fonderia Battaglia

Commissioned by curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte for Fonderia Artistica Battaglia as part of their new residency program that I will be documenting. Anton Alvarez explores bronze in a unique and innovative manner. Alvarez adapts his self-built machine called the Extruder. A large metal cylinder hanging with chains from the ceiling, the Extruder uses an electric motor to exert more than six thousand pounds of pressure on wax, pushing it through different moulds and shapes. The wax is then flowing into a large cold swimming pool and into the hands of the artist who guides the extrusion and adjusts its final shape.
Commissioned by curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte for Fonderia Artistica Battaglia as part of their new residency program that I will be documenting. Anton Alvarez explores bronze in a unique and innovative manner. Alvarez adapts his self-built machine called the Extruder. A large metal cylinder hanging with chains from the ceiling, the Extruder uses an electric motor to exert more than six thousand pounds of pressure on wax, pushing it through different moulds and shapes. The wax is then flowing into a large cold swimming pool and into the hands of the artist who guides the extrusion and adjusts its final shape.








Yamakawa Rattan

Yamakawa Rattan’s 2017 catalogue, with art direction by Paola Bellani, tells the story of a voyage more than 60 years long which began on the streets of Tokyo, where Yamakawa’s contemporary character may be found, interpreting the vibrant culture of the big city against the backdrop of the many patterns typical of the Japanese capital’s urban fabric. From metropolitan geometries to the relaxing tropical landscapes of Bali, where the collection appear amidst the luxuriant greenery and tropical sunshine of the gardens and living rooms of big homes in Bali.
In these spaces, natural materials are perfect for architectural structures that go beyond the traditional division between interior and exterior to propose an alternative, hybrid concept of space.
The last stop on the tour, Cirebon – where Yamakawa furniture is made – is located on the island of Java, Indonesia, where skilful hands bend, fold and weave the rattan to make these lightweight, unconventional items of furniture.
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Palermo, 18 Marzo 2018.
The boys are busy gathering wood for their neighborhood blaze, a mountain of old things to burn but also a primitive architecture to build and a tower to observe from. Their fire is the highest in Palermo and nobody can turn it off because the oranges are ammunition and the boys are ready to fight.
The ritual of “vampa di San Giuseppe”, coinciding with the transition from winter to spring, is a testimony of the passage of pagan elements absorbed by the territory and made significant according to the Christian cult.
The fire represents the destruction of all that anguishes the community, but it is also a regenerator, a promoter of the welfare of crop and man. This ancient practice is poised between tradition and legality, being considered dangerous for the city. For this reason it is carried out by underage boys, who can't be prosecuted.

Palermo / Manifesta 12