🌊 Projections and videomapping at Ponte Vecchio, rembering the disastrous flood in Florence

It happened by chance to be near Ponte Vecchio some days ago: it happened by chance to enjoy the projections dedicated to the Florence’s flood of 60s and stare at those symbols who were introducing the level of the Arno river during that disaster…

Ruler projections to mesure the flood' level
Ruler projections to measure the flood’ level
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Santo Spirito and Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni almost completely flood ed by Arno
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Arno’s level at Galluzzo and Gavinana (Florence areas)
Arno's level at Santa Croce during the flood
Arno’s level at Santa Croce during the flood

Some of the projections were part of the popular Locchi’s archive (an old and professional photographer of Florence):

Arno's flood level
Arno’s flood level
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Giorgio Vasari and ‘Corridoio Vasariano’

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Here you are the last videomapping images:

Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio
Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio

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Milestone: 1565: the Vasarian Corridor was built..

1956: corridoio Vasariano was built

Milestone – 1593: Ferdinando I ordered to all the goldsmiths of the city to move on the bridge:

#OneNoteADay ‘Rivers of Babylon‘ by Boney M. 🌊

Colors attack with 3d anaglyphic glasses: virtual reality and mail art by Prof. Bad Trip

Firstly said, colors and lines are going to be the protagonists since they are the special guests of the paintings we’re going to see. They drew my attention since some years ago, when I firstly heard about Professor Bad Trip by looking at some cover books by an Italian write – Niccolò Ammaniti –  and still are the very core of his saucerful work of arts I was lucky to see:

Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Arte Mutante
Arte Mutante

 

The paintings and multiple installations tell the story of his life: you can see his capability to experiment with several supports and materials, as well as using combination of colors which livens up his works and make them even more psychedelic than they could be: Indian ink drawings, comics, illustrations and collages, they always present the same icons as eyes, skulls, semi-human robots, hallucinogenic views, rich and popular people, mutant organisms, meteors and alien creatures…

Bad Eye by Prof. Bad Trip
Prof. Bad Trip

The entrance of Palazzo Velli Expo:

Entrance at Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome

 

 

Bad eye by Prof bad Trip
Bad eye by Prof bad Trip

Then, his experimental works with several types of support as screen prints, sculptures, ink on paper and drawings:

 

 

Robot II by Prof Bad Trip
Robota II by Prof Bad Trip

 

Lego Robot 2004
Lego Robot 2004

 

Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip
Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip

 

Robota by Prof. Bad Trip
Robota by Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Then the series dedicated to #flowerpower 🌺🌻🌸..where the colour contrasts empower the illustrations and pictorial works:

Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip
Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip

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Gianluca Lerici – the actual name of Prof. Bad Trip – was – and still is – also one of the representative of Mail art, that kind of art communication which was popular in the early 60s when the ‘mail’ channel was considered a prominent way to promote arts and social values to spread one own’s work of art by challenging the regular channels – that is to say, the art the was able to propagate despite the fact that an artist was able to find a good gallery or available spaces to exhibit their arts:

Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip
Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip

 

Mail art

The state of Chaos by Prof. Bad Trip
collage by Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Series of works of art by Prof. Bad Trip

 

A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip
A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Triptych - first painting
Triptych – first painting

 

Triptych - second painting
Triptych – second painting

 

Triptych - third painting
Triptych – third painting

 

Trittico Space‘ – These are one of his most important work: the triptych, the bas space, which ends the exhibit. You can choose to stare at it or live it thanks to the virtual reality app that has been developed in order to engage the audience and let them fell free to swim in it, surf it, catch all the meteors or just enjoy the trip offered by the Professor..

sculpture in the space
sculpture in the space

 

If you want to enjoy more of his works, Teké Gallery did a complete study and tries to introduce Prof. Bad Trip as his actual nature of avant-garde punk artist. Here you can find a digital catalogue, you can leaf through the pages of this book…

#NoteOfTheDay Basic Instinct by The Acid

Ducati firstly produced radio tools, then motor and motorbikes

Do you know that the most popular brand of Italian motorbikes Ducati was firstly a Radio Company?! 😳

Its name was Società Radio Brevetti Ducati, based in Bologna (which is not Borgo Panigale, but in the very heart of the city) and founded by the 3 Ducati brothers. One of them, infact, was a physicist and he firstly discovered how to connect an Italian radio station with an American one: thanks to a condenser that improved the radio transmissions, Ducati business was boosted all over the world, and they became one of the leader company for radio tools and freequencies.

Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s' Bologna
Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s’ Bologna

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Then our history told us about the Second World War, and in that period, Ducati was asked to produce useful products for the Army: in that moment it started to develop specific bikes, or better, motorbikes as Cucciolo, the very first one:

Cucciolo motorbike by Ducati
Cucciolo, the first motorbike by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducati motorbikes
Ducati motorbikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regina d'Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Regina d’Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale

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Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati
Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The visit to the museum ended up after a tour of the industry where you can have a look to the production lines and process but it was absolutely forbidden to take pics 🙄

To finish, here you are some pics of the surrounding buildings

Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding
Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding

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The last supper by Vasari unveiled: one night at the Opera of Santa Croce

Yes it’s hard to be believe, above all if thinking that that night was a Saturday night!

Who can imagine to be involved in a surprisingly exhibit on a Sat night? And in a church? Well it can happen, it happened. Saturday night, November 5th 2016.

It was almost midnight when the news came to my ears: ”The last supper‘ by Vasari will be shown at the Opera of Santa Croce for free – only for a night, due to the 50th anniversary of Florence flood – the disastrous flood of 1966 which destroyed half of the city…Vasari painting included.

Here you are what I was lucky to see..the Vasari unveiled at the Opera of Santa Croce:

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Last dinner by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence
The last ssupper by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In one of the inner room, there were projections related to the worst flood ever – at least in Florence:

Florence flood 1966
Florence flood 1966

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During that flood – it was said – that the most of the city heritage was completely destroyed. The Vasari painting that was in the church of Santa Croce at that moment, was completely damaged by the water, and that’s why its restoration has been chosen as a symbol for the 50th anniversary after the big flood.

Enjoy my last pics of the Opera of Santa Croce:

Opera of Santa Croce, Florence
Opera of Santa Croce, Florence

 

..even if I suggest to visit it to have a look and see directly the painting and the Opera too! 🙌

Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence
Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Only for a night‘ by Florence and the machine

Feeling Pink with the Brit Floyd, the official Pink Floyd tribute band

Starting with the Pink Floyd cover of Another Brick in the wall…just to be projected in the context…

Well, pink, that’s how I tried to be and feel yesterday while waiting for this unexpected show: the official Pink Floyd tribute band live, the Brit Floyd.

Before entering the show, audience was also warned about lights effects which could bother someone – this only made people more curious about what we were going to see..

first of all:

Brit Floyd - live show in Florence 2016
Brit Floyd – live show in Florence 2016

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Brit Floyd
Brit Floyd

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Then it comes the psychedelic version:

Battersea Bridge station in the back and psychedelic mood
Battersea Bridge station in the back and psychedelic mood

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Psychedelic faith and dark side
Psychedelic faith and dark side

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#NoteOfTheDay Time – The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973