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cityofsound: Sketchbook: Fabrica 2013 Informal Annual Review: Fabricanti Handbook
"Notes on the Fabricanti Handbook project

When new researchers arrive at Fabrica, there's a lot to take in. They arrive from all over the world for a start. For many it's their first time in Italy. There are language questions, cultural questions. We are also based in the country, outside Treviso, so without the distractions of a big city but equally without its inherent support networks. They also have to quickly get their head around a unique organisation, with a particular mission, in a very special space.

There is a lot of tacit information which sometimes takes a while to uncover and understand before they feel like "Fabricanti", the word we use for Fabrica's researchers.

Interested in enabling Fabricanti to hit the ground running, we've made the first Fabricanti Handbook in Fabrica's history - it describes how to live here, how to work here, how to play here. We asked two of our Fabricanti to lead the project: Anna Kulachek from Ukraine and Samantha Ziino from Australia, both graphic designers. (This was also an experiment in self-directed projects by Fabricanti.) They conducted interviews with their fellow Fabricanti, and decided all the content themselves, from text to photography to illustration. It draws on stories from Fabricanti alumni, sharing their knowledge of local tricks and quirks, and most importantly, how to get your personal projects done. We were inspired by the Valve employee handbook, by Tom Sach's "10 Bullets!" videos, Ove Arup's key speech and more, but this is a bespoke tool for Fabricanti only.

It describes place, people, processes and projects - and all the basics in terms of living locally, from ordering pasta and visiting the Biennale to why a fur coat and a little dog makes you a Treviso resident - but does so in a way that is playful, enriching and inspirational. It is full of in-jokes and secrets - though, importantly, we felt it should not have everything in it. Not everything should be so easy to find. Knowing the web is full of iconic shots of the architecture bereft of people—as architectural photographs tend to be—Anna and Sam commissioned Fabrica's photographers to take shots of the building as it is, with people in it. Knowing the institution could get a bit hierarchical, they contrasted the official view with a Fabricanti view, using different sizes of paper (there might be an idea of an official daily schedule, but the day is really only "before lunch" and "after lunch"; there is the official floor-plan, and then the way it actually works, and so on).

It should feel like a beautiful gift for your first day at Fabrica, an invaluable guide throughout the year, and a souvenir of your time there when you leave. The cover is a delicate all white on purpose, such that the scuffs, bruises and scribbles tell their own story at the end of the year. (There is a "FabricApp" developing alongside the book, starting with a Google Map version of the maps in the book, and developing into real-time installations around the Fabrica campus, as part of Fabrica's Sandbox project with BERG.) Different paper stock defines the different sections.

So this book is by Fabricanti for Fabricanti. But it also describes Fabrica. In making the book, we had to commit to print a few key ideas, notions, patterns about Fabrica, which hadn't happened much. So as Fabrica enters a new phase of its history, the Fabricanti Handbook is an excuse to form a few ideas about what it is. It is a functional document— how do you not just survive Fabrica, but thrive?—but also an inspirational one, a sketch of what Fabrica is now.

As Fabrica is an evolving project (and as bus routes change and bars open and close) it will be redesigned each year, by new Fabricanti; but with this version 1.0, Anna, Sam and their friends have made a huge contribution to Fabrica's present and future.

Insights

• Make something tangible as an excuse to force us to write something down
• Use a new project to try out different non-hierarchical organisation
• Use a Handbook project to bring organisations together
• Focus on the researchers' environment
• A side-effect of making a great Handbook is that you get great promotional material"
fabrica  print  books  2013  danhill  treviso  italy  projectideas  tangibility  commitment  valve  tomsachs  handbooks  howto  annakulachek  samanthaziino  storytelling  openstudioproject  cityofsound 
october 2013 by robertogreco
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tomsachs  web  layout  design  webdesign  nofavorite  studios  nyc  webdev 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Casey Neistat - Wikipedia
"Neistat was born and raised in New London Connecticut.[1] He dropped out[2] of Ledyard High School in the 10th grade at age 15 and did not return to school or graduate. At age 17 Neistat had a son, Owen. From age 17 until 20 he lived in a trailer park with his son and son's mother, it was during this time Neistat was on welfare, a detail cited by Neistat when delivering his own biography.

In 2001 Neistat moved to New York City.

Prior to moving to New York City Neistat worked as a dishwasher[3] and short order cook in Mystic Connecticut. His first job in New York City was as a bike messenger.

In mid 2001 Neistat and his brother Van began working with the artist Tom Sachs, ultimately making a series of films[4] about the artists sculptures and installations. This was the earliest work done by the brothers as a collective."
caseyneistat  tomsachs  nyc  deschooling  unschooling  autodidacts  autodidactism  filmmaking  film  dropouts  autodidacticism 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Tom Sachs: Working to Code
"HOW TO SWEEP
Part 1 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt-VlZpz-8E

"LOVE LETTER TO PLYWOOD
Part 2 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVxldyIa0Bg

"SPACE CAMP
Part 3 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-jSSTGqU5c

"COLOR
THE COMPREHENSIVE COLOR CODE
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2011"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBM_9W_e_D4

"TEN BULLETS
THE STUDIO MANUAL
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2010"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49p1JVLHUos

10 Bullets, INTRO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28reJVNLk80

10 Bullets, #1: "WORK TO CODE"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAIYVmRCX-Q

10 Bullets, #2: "SACRED SPACE"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1GL4JT0sa4

10 Bullets, #3: "BE ON TIME"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6pUonbzPLU

10 Bullets, #4: "BE THOROUGH"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-gVtV67Gnc

10 Bullets, #5: "I UNDERSTAND"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGn84iuBdHw

10 Bullets, #6: "SENT DOES NOT MEAN RECEIVED"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n06LcXljbM

10 Bullets, #7: "KEEP A LIST"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRl1WOzo1zg

10 Bullets, #8: "ALWAYS BE KNOLLING"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-CTkbHnpNQ

10 Bullets, #9: "SACRIFICE TO LEATHERFACE"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8heORFuGOY

10 Bullets, #10: "PERSISTENCE"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDbJQoEjfbo
studios  work  2010  2012  howwework  tenbullets  tomsachs  video  art  color  space  wood  plywood  sweeping  vanneistat  2011  knolling  persistence  lists  listmaking  confirmation  understanding  thoroughness  time  punctuality  code 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Knoll (verb) - Wikipedia
"Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization."

[Reminds me of "Things Organized Neatly": http://thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com/ ]
glengarryglenross  frankgehry  words  language  arrangement  ocd  tools  angles  parallels  rightangles  florenceknoll  tomsachs  via:litherland  knolling  organization 
june 2012 by robertogreco

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