Year: 2008 Client: Cultural association Service required: working plan
Improvement and transformation of elements of the male body find their collocation in an alchemic oven-container generating the phenomenon of the continuous transformation from a state of being to the other one. The cubic form and the golden section of the video-installation make spectators to be part of a measurable, multi-faceted micro-universe, endlessly decomposable. The same body portrayed by two different perspectives from the top and from the side like a mummy case is multiplied in further points of view accounting for proportions and for the different positions that the spectator can take. The spectator becomes an actor of what is happening, conditioned emotionally and cognitively depending on the view in which he decides to discover the phenomenon. The video was produced by the Association "La Casa dei Santi".
Year: 2008 Site: Palazzo Valmarana Braga, Vicenza Client: cultural association Service required: planning and supervision of works . Editorship
The prize has been for ten years place of debate among designers, clients, builders and enterprises. Unique of its kind, it celebrates the quality of architecture through the enhancement of the client's figure. The exhibit offers in this sense a wide international outline of what is happening worldwide in different scales, with the purpose to bring contemporary architecture close to outsiders, showing the visitors instead of drawings, often too technical, movies and plastic models, which can point at the dynamics of the complexity of work, planned to be lived by the persons dwelling in it, crossing it and working in it, etc.. Animated building and spaces, with the stories that generated them, starting from the idea of the client to the development of this idea by the architect, in a relationship where it is fundamental to be able listen to each other. On the occasion of the five-hundred-years from the birth of Andrea Palladio, the exhibit, hosted in one of his most significant works, acknowledges the existence of the historic building and makes of it its contemporary background, a reference, a recall, partially concealed, partially visible. Superimposition and not impossible comparison. This is the meaning of a work putting a structure of industrial manner in an antique environment, with its colors, in a kind of giant serial order placed over to the existing one. Photographer's credits: Francesco Dalla Pozza
Year: 2008 Client: Cultural association Service required: working plan
Generation, birth, unknowable transformation of the female element generate emotion and eagerness to know. The video is sheltered in a closed and narrow element recalling the womb. The spectator can discover the content of the unveiled fruit in a single and intimate view, since the structure of the video-installation is conceived as a series of ultrasound sections. The video was produced by the Association "La Casa dei Santi".
Year: 2008 Client: Cultural association Service required: working plan
The man "out of his mind" lives inside and on the background of a town without boundaries, melted and widened to the whole world. Babel town where the blend of cultures and languages resolves in a unique and indistinguishable language: the one of endless possibilities or no possibility. Video-installation conceived as container and symbolic figure of the pyramid-tower, which lost his static character since capsized to the wall and transformed into a changing diaphragm. The view is meant for a spectator a time, who can interact with the work deforming its structure and modifying in this way his distance from the video. The video was produced by the Association "La Casa dei Santi".
Exhibit: "Medea. Dignità e Inganno" ("Dignity and Betrayal")
Year: 2006-2007 Site: Museo Diocesano (Diocesan Museum) of Venezia Client: Private Service required: planning and supervision of works
The thematic exhibit by Gian Antonio Golin is an event where the artist sets running different expressive forms (painting-sculpture, poetry, video-art, recitation) cooperating in a dynamic ensemble with strong tensions. The protagonist of the myth, their arcane scenery, emerge from the dense material distinguishing paintings, dramatically trapped into a network of bonds, blames and will to improvement changed into signs. Medea and Jason as emblems of the fight between opposed principles: male against female, civilization against naturalness, dignity against betrayal. The mounting gives the exhibit place rhythm complying with the gradualness not only narrative and thematic, but also psychological and emotional. The sequence of paintings, meticulously established with the author, determines the development of spaces and paths widening and compressing the ways, varying the height of the rooms, physically recreating the labyrinths of an ancient palace and, spiritually, the troubled fight of the characters against the bonds of blame and shame. At the top of the exhibit path, stripped naked of material layers, Medea and Jason find their wholly bodily figure, movement and voice, in the video-installation produced by La Casa dei Santi (The Saints' Home). The characters, as wrenched away from the paintings, that are their background, exposed to the harsh lights of their self-consciousness, face their own different and conflicting reasons from two antithetical screens, at the same time prison and shelter of each one of the two opponents. Photographer's credits: Francesco Dalla Pozza.
Year: 2007 (28-29 June) Site: Triennale of Milano Client: Cultural association Service required: planning and supervision of works
Two short performances, body and voice of a man and a woman attracting each other though separated by the time interval of a day; they act in the same place, a stage meant to be touched and lived as well without them in a multi-sensory experience, expandable in the time. The setback and improvement of a woman toward a world, which suddenly became unsuited for her body and her mind. An individual improvement which builds a new confrontation basis with objects and body and becomes cultural and global improvement. The man, who was woman, the man, who knew apart from his senses, the man who communicated the others the will of gods. Tiresias is the paradigm of a non-historical and non-present horizon, with strong symbolic contents, which make of the difference and the exaltation of specificity the check point of collective identity. What is his contact with our society, often falsely inclusive, relegating the difference to its margins?
Year: 2006/2004/2002/2001 (four editions) Site: Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza Client: cultural association Service required: planning and supervision of works . Editorship
The mounting, variously composed and assuming different shapes during the years in the upper hall of the Basilica, on the board structure of the personal exhibit by Renzo Piano of 1984 (mounting by Caoduro Lucernari) presents the plans of the works awarded together with a wide exhibit of architecture products, selected among more than 500 works. Big works, plastic models and movies face each other in the monumental space. A multimedia experience enabling designers, insiders and outsiders to "hear" the stories told by the works. Photographer's credits: Francesco Dalla Pozza.
Exhibition "Renaissance Madonnas at the Quirinale"
Year: 2011 Site: Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome Client: A.R.P.A.I. Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage Service required: design and construction supervision
The exhibition presents the Madonna with the Child, property of the Diocese of Fiesole, for which it has been proposed an attribution to Filippo Brunelleschi and of the Madonna with the Child by Jacopo Tatti the Sansovino of the Civic Museums of Vicenza. Alongside the two masterpieces are some works derived from them, intended for different clients. The exhibition, curated by Louis Godart, is an opportunity to highlight the "lineage" or the filiation of masterpieces, important copies of different qualities, now public and private, allowing the close study of the restored models. The exhibition, held in the Sale delle Bandiere at Palazzo del Quirinale, was set up by Gabbiani & Associati with great attention to the Madonnas on display, choosing to put the entire installation at their service. Hence the decision to hide almost completely the rooms in which the exhibition was hosted, in order not to distract the visitor's attention from the exhibited works. Consistent with this principle, therefore, the floors were covered with light carpeting, the ceilings concealed by light-colored semi-transparent canvas panels and the black-painted backdrops. The cloth drapes disappear only when the sculptures are not present and the view is left free to admire even the interiors of the rooms. Fundamental attention was paid to the lights on the Madonnas housed in glass cases, telling the precious details. The only color present in the arrangement is the light purple, the backdrop of the exhibition panels that, with a discreet lighting, mark the path creating a gathering and contemplative atmosphere. The outfitting characterized by utmost simplicity, is aimed at creating a path whose culmination consists of the works - on display in air-conditioned and LED-lit showcases - in a setting that tries to recreate around them a circumscribed and architectural environment of a domestic type . The exhibition, inaugurated on May 10 at Palazzo del Quirinale by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, remained open to the public until 19 June 2011. The restoration was financed by A.R.P.A.I. Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage, which started the exhibition project.
The photographic material was provided by the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic and by ARPAI (Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage).
Year: 2009 Site: Chiostro di S. Corona Vicenza Client: Zoing! Service required: planning and carrying out
Is the scenography for the interpretation of some texts of Goffredo Parise, created and directed by Zeno Lorenzo Verlato, performed with the actor Beppe Casales. The scenography, based on a maximum simplicity, is light and convertible by the actors and is composed by some coloured tables, bound with strings. During the performance the tables can be used as support, podium, backdrop and backstage, presented some moments chosen by the author of the show: "From Vicenza to Treviso, going across this world and the other one. Through the texts of the first novel, wrote at 18 years old, I movimenti remoti (posthumous published in 2007), his reportages of the travels in the five continents, the essays and the letters, the restless career of Parise, writer who spent his life travelling all over the world looking for an authentic and primitive place that he found, at the end, in the countryside of Veneto, near where he was born. The show takes place on August 28, 2009 during Libriamo 2009, the literary festival promoted by Comune di Vicenza (Assessorato alla Cultura), organized by Associazione culturale Zoing! with the patronage of Regione Veneto and Provincia di Vicenza. Il Giornale di Vicenza - August 29, 2009: "...the "poor" scenography works as well - the raw tables maneuvered as symbolic elements, that reveal no coincidental colours in respect to the script - is realized by Marcella Gabbiani..."
Exhibition of the Dedalo Minosse International Prize 2010/2011
Year: 2011 Site: Palazzo Barbarano, Vicenza Client: Cultural Association Service required: project and work direction. Organising
The exhibition of the eighth edition of the award was held at Palazzo Barbarano, headquarters of CISA, Andrea Palladio International Center for Architectural Studies.
Continue the dialogue between the award and the work of Andrea Palladio, begun with the exhibition in the Basilica Palladiana from 2001 to 2006 and continued with Palazzo Valmarana-Braga in 2008.
The exhibition project wants to dialogue with the building, without concealing the valuable elements that connote it, but rather enhancing its beauty. In this way the visit of the exhibition also becomes a visit to a historical architecture, restored to a contemporary use. The unfolding of the exhibition panels, articulated below the shutter and molding vaults in a sort of light and continuous wall decoration, enhances the sumptuous ceilings of the building, both through the color of the backdrops and the graphics, and through the "story "that the lights narrate inside the halls. Likewise, the continuity of the exhibition is interrupted by the encounter with significant elements such as the fireplaces, which enter plastically into the play of panels and pillars of the exhibition, or the windows whose colorful views on the Contrà Porti act as a real counterpoint to the virtual exteriors of the projects exhibited.
Drawings, photos, films, models give back the richness of the architecture presented to the prize in a continuous dialogue between past and present, between Vicenza and the world, a dialogue that winds through a small exhibition of silver design objects, precious material that illuminates and vivify the rooms. A testimony of the "possible continuity of quality", from large to small scale.
The graphic project was created by Claudia Cogato Lanza.
Exhibition of the Dedalo Minosse International Prize 2013/2014
Year: 2014 Site: Palazzo Valmarana Braga, Vicenza Client: Cultural Association Service required: project and work direction. Organising
A "poor" and ethereal setting contrasted to the material and sumptuousness of the Palazzo Valmarana Braga of Andrea Palladio, a perfect backdrop for contemporary architecture. In the rooms on the first floor of this late Palladian building, the public was able to learn, through drawings, photos, models, texts and videos, the clients selected by the jury: the 4 Prizes (Dedalo Minosse International Prize, Dedalo Minosse Occam U International Prize. 40, ALA Award and ALA Prize U.40), the 8 Special Prizes including the Special Prize "Stanislao Nievo", dedicated to the famous environmental writer who was president of the jury from the first edition and the Special Award dedicated to the designer "Bob Noorda ". Displayed 58 further projects and stories, to complete the exhibition in a multimedia exhibition to tell everyone, experts and non-professionals, the stories and adventures of architects and clients, who were confronted, supported, fought, to achieve a common quality objective, with particular attention to economic, social and environmental aspects. Next to the glass of Murano chandeliers and leaded windows, the semitransparent polycarbonate of tables and display walls, in a reflection of reflections and refractions that has captured the natural light that penetrates the large windows of the building and the images of the ancient mirrors present in the salt. The projects have been exhibited, like on work tables, on pallets, which in turn remind the construction site, to represent the project and construction process up to the realization and completion of the work. All the materials of the exhibition were reused at the end of the exhibition, while the lighting in LED strips, mounted on raw wood supports, guaranteed a low consumption impact and a soft light quality dedicated to the exhibition.
Credits Project: Gabbiani & Associati Lighting: Targetti Sankey Wooden structures: Corà Domenico e Figli Polycarbonate: Caoduro Equipment: Codal, Segnobit Pubblicità, Golin Pallets, Rossi and Arcandi Furniture: De Padova, Ivdesign.it Photographic images: Arnaldo dal Bosco
Exhibition site of the Compasso D'Oro Award Collection
Year: 2013 Site: Milan Service required: Competition Announcement "Exhibiting the Compasso d'Oro" for the design of the exhibition location of the Compasso D'Oro Award Historical Collection
The visiting experience makes users interact with objects in order to enhance the contribution of design to the quality of everyday life. The project, which is based on the concepts of Design for All, is generated by a double-curved gold ribbon symbolizing the time in progress: an equipped wall-bookcase that welcomes the continuous increments of the collection and facilitates the rotation of the exhibits, in flexible environments, gradually collected, half open and open. The exhibition winds gently along a ramp leading to a mezzanine, almost doubling the available area. The planned spaces are as follows, in order of visiting path: - Welcome space: the "Casa" is the heart of the diffused museum of Milan, international capital of design. From here you can access the Visit or the Laboratories, illuminated and visible from the covered access gallery; - Ramp of the Compasso d'Oro: recounts in diachrony, with interactive projections on the floor and walls, the history of the Prize from its origins. At each new edition of the award the projection file is implemented, with maximum flexibility. Along the ramp there are also objects, models and documents; - the three rooms produced by the ribbon on the first stretch of the ramp, are the places of experience, for breaks of thematic depth, able to accommodate groups and school groups. An interactive table allows you to activate projections and films from the models that the visitor collects along the way; - the double height module is dedicated to large objects or projections; - the two semi-open spaces along the north section of the ramp can host images and videos of the jurors and designers, who tell stories of objects, juries, companies, editions, etc. from the wall. The ribbon, designed as a display-balcony from which the spaces below are shown, ends at the top with a sloping plane for captions, monitors, drawings, etc. - an open space concludes the route freely. It lends itself to the exposition of a thematic category or territorial Delegation, of emblematic objects set in its present. From three holes in the mezzanine you can see the cylinders and the Magazzino, which "generates" the objects. Wardrobe, ticketing and services are provided in the adjacent bookshop spaces.
The relationship with the existing building is defined by the following precautions: - the three existing cylinders are enhanced by lights and by the three holes in the mezzanine; - the basement is visible with periscopes at the "discovery" of the underlying collection; - mezzanine and ramp are anchored dry and separated from the perimeter walls so as not to interfere with the existing; - the Museum is perceptible from the street. The glass windows on the ground floor towards the inner gallery show serigraphs to announce the contents of the Museum. Part of the windows are dimmed with indoor light control systems.
The Design for All also provides the tools to optimize communication through multimedia and multi-sensory: - the museum is accessible from the point of view a) motor: the ramp is an architectural element that coincides with the museum itinerary, objects and devices can be reached by people of different height, disabled, children; b) sensorial: size and position of easily legible writings, study of color contrasts and use of Led lights, audio and captions in relief for the blind, subtitling of movies for the deaf; c) cognitive: the exhibition speaks in several languages and clearly of its structure, electronic devices reach different levels of users (designers, companies, experts, students, journalists, common visitors, children, foreigners); - the visit is a multi-sensory experience: visual, sonorous, tactile. Objects can be touched in reproductions or experimented in a virtual and interactive way; - a large part of the exhibition can be used by computer, allowing a dialogue with devices owned by visitors or provided at the ticket office (google-type audio-glasses that can also be used as audio or video, and tablets that can be activated at objects-projections). The diachronic and synchronic notions are complemented by software that implements the contents of the site. The system is compatible with the use of glasses or hearing aids; - strong interaction with web and paper media, with the world of cinema, TV and advertising, through play paths and a database of films related to award-winning products and their creators (such as IMCDB, Internet Movie Cars Database).
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