SPACE FOR THE ARTS | RIMINI ITALY
Rimini's Velvet Rock Club expands with the creation of Velvet
Factory: a creation lab and a residence place in a 2500 mq space
on Rimini's hills, a few minutes from the sea. From sound to
cinema (with a particular attention on documentary, animation
and live cinema), passing through performing arts (dance, music,
theatre), radio, visual arts, design, architecture, words, philosophy.
For a culture of the creative city and the cultural district,
mixed media and project culture, dramaturgy, contemporary arts'
language and electronics. Time Based Arts.
Velvet's structure becomes then a multidisciplinary space, which
allows a daily work, open to both well-known artists and young
talented artists. A unique place in Italy which unites a place
like Velvet (and its audience) with its history ad public to
the most advanced artistical researches and the club culture
Velvet Factory is curated by Roberto Paci Dalò, Thomas
Balsamini, and Lucia Chiavari with the collaboration of Leonardo Montecchi and the consultation of Pier Luigi
Sacco, one of the most renowed worldwide expert about the "creative
city" and the cultural district.
Velvet Factory is a place of hospitality created starting from
a network of art, science and education structures based in
Rimini, with the partnership of the institutions: Associazione
Slego, Giardini Pensili (performing arts / art / music / cinema),
L'Arte dell'Ascolto (label), Scuola J. Bleger (school of prevention)
and Università di Bologna - polo di Rimini.
These realities form the project's operative centre which is
supported by art groups, indipendend spaces, educative centres,
institutions, festival and media. A project in which cultural,
artistic, social and educative aspects are linked together.
A training place as well.
Velvet Factory wants to be a meeting place for Europe and the
Mediterranean, involving artists coming from the cities which
overlook this sea, with a particular attention for the other
coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Starting from music and sound, Velvet Factory works in particular
on those forms of art which have in time their main medium of
research and creation. The laboratorium happens in both physical
space and electronic space, and through electronics and digital
techology innovative works will be created, also in the web.
A transreceiving station which produces radio, streaming and
colaborative project which mixes different media and places
in the world.
Velvet Factory is a place for artists who create works of dance,
music and theatre. Living in residencies, the hosted artists
are able to use the Factory's technologies to work on their
projects, interweaving the spectacle and its multimedia expantions.
. A meeting between contemporary arts and pop cultures where
the works created will eventually find a presentation to the
Velvet's vaste public (on average 12,000 people per month and
about 180,000 yearly).
Velvet Factory want to be also a service for the territory,
to celebrate the large amount of artists and creators which
transit or reside there. Here's how artists coming from any
art displine will be able to realize workshops open to the public,
meetings, backstages, conversation and create materials in the
A place which works in a strict collaboration with all the territory's
spaces, projects, events, people in order to create a permanent
network of common work. A presence which doesn't overlap the
existing, but works on the lacking, in order to create further
possibilities through the creation of a public and dinamic archive.
A project which look into the city and its spaces, operating
an on-going mapping to detect resources and energies. "West
Rimini" as cultural district.
It will be asked to the artists to supply unpublished audio-video
materials, which will be downloadable from the Velvet Factory
website in order to be mixed, distributed, and edited by anyone
under a Creative Commons licence.
The website won't be just an informative page of activities,
but a real permanent on-line laboratory, with collaborations
from many places worldwide and with a particular attention to
the "souths" of the world.
The collaboration with the Università di Bologna - polo
di Rimini, allows the creation of group of students working
permanently on the Factory's project, which would also became
a privileged place of presentation of materials created by the
university. Meanwhile the students of any university will be
able to do a training period within the Velvet Factory. Some
of the materials created will be published as an audio CD and/or
as a DVD, in collaboration with the label LADA L'Arte dell'
the heart of the Factory. An audio-video post-production
lab where all the materials are created. The "engine room"
where artists coming from different disciplines, technicians,
curators, producers and public meet
the artists are invited to work in the Velvet Factory on short
periods realizing works with the help of the technologies available
on site. Artists working in theatre, dance and music will be
able to use Velvet's space to arrange their work in a safe place
the electronic space where the Factory's projects are realized,
released and distributed, also through the 24/7 streamings
CD, DVD, small paper editions, and multiples published with
the partnership of the label L'Arte
artistic direction Roberto
Paci Dalò, Thomas
organization and administration Lucia Chiavari
networking Ambra Galassi,
network and video technologies
technical direction spaces Matteo Chichiarelli
web design Robert
Rebotti / jacklamotta
Electronica FutureLab Linz, Assalti
al cuore, Almafilm,
- Architecture and Media Festival Florence, Camerastylo, Cartoon
Club Rimini, Design
Radar, Edizioni Cronopio, Home Movies Bologna, Icarus
Ensemble Reggio Emilia, Internationale
Heiner Müller Gesellschaft Berlin, Le
Guadalupe Volterra, Maffia
Reggio Emilia, Movimento
Centrale, ORF Kunstradio
Openlab Company, Palazzo
delle Papesse Siena, Radialsystem
Sub Rosa Bruxelles, Terra
Fabio Biondi, Simone Bruscia, Marco Bertozzi, Rosanna D’Agostino,
Vittorio D'Augusta, Chico De Luigi, Ambra Galassi, Claudio Gasparotto,
Filippo Giunchedi, Massimo Modula, Davide Montecchi, Giampaolo
Proni, Laura Rastelli
Bazzichelli art networker (AHA Project Berlin), Marco
Brizzi architect/curator (architettura.it),
videoartists (Pesaro), Gabriele
Frasca writer (Napoli), Heidi
Grundmann curator / theoretician (Vienna), Jaromil
unix programmer / rastaman (Amsterdam),
(University of Leiden, Amsterdam), Marco
Mancuso curator / publisher (Digicult), Robert Rebotti
/ jacklamotta graphic designer / curator (designradar.it),
Paolo Rosa artist
(Studio Azzurro, Milan), Luca Ruzza set designer/architect
(Open Lab Company, Civitella S. Paolo Roma), Pier Luigi
Sacco economist (IUAV Venice / il Sole 24 Ore), Edoardo
Sanchi set designer (Bologna), Scanner
aka Robin Rimbaud musician / artist (London), Maria
X Ph.D. researcher (Goldsmith College University of
Zanardi philosopher (Napoli)
Slego | Giardini
Pensili | L'Arte
dell'Ascolto | Scuola
di Bologna – polo di Rimini
via S. Aquilina 21
47900 Rimini Italy
T +39 05 41 75 61 11
F +39 05 41 75 67 31
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Translated by Ambra Galassi
programme opening September 23, 2006