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Trasformatorio 2015 cancelled

Dear Firends,
Until the last minute I have postponed this decision, in hope new energies, small founding, new enthusiasms would fill in for trasformatorio 2015 to happen. But now, with the last NO archived, time has finally to come.
Trasformatorio has to confront with reality.

There are no founds to do the planned edition of october 2015.

All efforts, of whom I am extremely grateful to some of you, have unfortunately given no usable result.

This I believe is not due to a fault in the ideas, that make them un interesting to founding institutions, because off the grid, sustainable and open performance research are spawning everywhere around us. And get founded.

Neither is I believe a problem in the methodology of creative research we are using, that I am more and more convinced about. To put together researchers, artists and makers in a positive but challenging environment, find stories, tell stories with new words, live, create poetic objects, experiment new and old ways to construct narratives in the open, with people, without the burden of technical or ideological jargon; to strive to realise other stories in a poetic forms that is our own is still my goal. I still strongly believe in all this.

Neither I can honestly say that I believed the direction chosen, to work in Sicily, with local institutions and in connection with Holland during the biggest crisis in 30 years and the total restructuring of dutch founding to be a simple one;

It is also a fact that Trasformatorio two editions have been super fruitful for the artistic research of many people that I have involved in this adventure. And I am happy about all these friends personal achievements. I am proud about all stories that you have carried with you out of Montalbano. All. The good and the bad ones.

But it is as well a fact that I have failed to convince producers, institutions, privates or other assets, fonds or money givers to give us a sigle euro for this year.

To make a 2015 edition a reality under these conditions is impossible, and I have to face this bitter truth.

Amsterdam 23 july 2015

Federico Bonelli

Featured artist May 2015: Gandolfo Gabriele David

Gandolfo Gabriele David is a Sicilian artist and designer I met in Palermo in 2014.

His talent is to invent and devise actions that transform a site integrating as well images, people with their intentions and stories and landscape with its natural processes. His pieces appear into the landscape as processes and at the same time represent it, wile, at the same time, are acting to cause a bundle of different complex energies to become manifest.

  • "Ricucire la Terra" presentazione del Workshop, con Andrea KAntos
    "Ricucire la Terra" presentazione del Workshop, con Andrea KAntos
  • "Ricucire la Terra"
    "Ricucire la Terra"
  • Pane!
  • Gibellina
  • Ricucire la terra
  • Pane! a installation in Salemi (detail)
    Pane! a installation in Salemi (detail)
  • Ricucire la terra; Making off
    Ricucire la terra; Making off
  • Pane Workshop
    Pane Workshop
  • Pane! Design, 2014
    Pane! Design, 2014
  • OSEA 2 time after the opening
    OSEA 2 time after the opening
  • ISSEA The module
    ISSEA The module
  • Osea in Gibellina
    Osea in Gibellina

This is proper of a art that is busy with transformations, as such is interesting for trasformatorio as well.

The first installation I saw of Gabriele was only in pictures, is OSEA 2, was set up for the Gibellina contemporary art open air museum close to the famous Cretto di Burri.

There Gandolfo designed and composed an image using old barley seeds directly on earth and asking people to fill the shape. Little by little birds and ants dissolved the piece in front of viewers of the opening ceremony literally "seeding back" the landscape.

In another work, called OR-I-OR and that I had the chance to see wile I was in Palermo last autumn guested by Dimora OZ, Gandolfo gathered around a circle, drawn on earth in front of the Museo Riso in Palermo, 60 people; each one with a bag and a story regarding earth. Earth from associations that put to use properties confiscated to the mafia, urban gardeners, people that used to have a piece of earth of their family in their memory. All together, sharing stories and a bag full of earth. They all composed in a long and intense ritual a shape that stayed for days in front of the museum putting all those earth together with a moving effect. A piece of striking beauty that will remain forever, together with stories and people in my memory.

Gandolfo approach to art has a personal angle, an eye that puts us close. He wants to design in a horizontal and participatory way. And his design is beautifully simple, functional, and magically helps release the most positive energies. Stories made into actions that are often inexpressed in our society. As for example in “Pane”, were he involved some refugees from a "boat people" camp in Salemi to draw with him a new shape of votive bread. Here the local and century old tradition of altar pieces made in bread evolved in a design that literally puts together many breads to composes a new shape and acquires a strong, and immediate symbolic value.

A new work has just been presented in Alcamo, and closes with a workshop of the Project "Creative LAB" initiated by the contemporary art foundation. Here Gandolfo re introduces, in a lovely manner, another element of the local disappearing traditions. He invites it to a context were “makers” and art lovers alike "drool with glowing eyes". The experience and dexterity of the embroiderers of Alcamo becomes the center of this reinterpretation of OSEA_2, as if, in a game with mirrors and stories, design and matter has to transform from one media to another.

The concerted nature of the project and the workshop does not center only on craftsmanship, but explores the relational level in the research of Gandolfo that wants to connect places and people, traditions and contemporary languages. His idea was “ to bring on canvas installation born as a work of land art, coming from the image of a cracked earth, a wound on which to intervene with an act of love” to its loving end.
So he invited the embroiderers of Alcamo to take charge of all these previous suggestions and to create a work of sacred character, that refers directly to the altar panels that adorned the altars of the churches of Sicily.

This project relied on the delicacy of a feminine gesture, a sensibility that is also proper to Gandolfo, that becomes symbolic of the “necessary work of mending the fractures made by the predatory violence of modern civilization”. Fractures in the landscape that includes humans and plants, animals and things and the stars above.

The technique of the 'rete a tulle', is a technique that provides for the slip-off of the plots and the construction of a string that points out and locks the design before embroidery, and was a decision taken collectively in the first phase of the workshop. The panel, made during the workshop. It has been completed, as a performative act of delicate and horizontal nature, during the opening evening last week.


  • Vincenza Rimi, drawing on fabric
  • Piera Pirrone, cord and embroidery
  • Giuseppina Raneri, sfilatura and embroidery
  • Rosetta Martorana, embroidery
  • Francesca Milazzo, embroidery
  • Antonella Beninati, embroidery
  • Antonia Gabellone, embroidery and lace pillow
  • Franca Gargaglione, crochet

About Gandolfo's installation OSEA you can download a photobook here.
He can be found via the super active co-working etherogenous group "Dimora OZ" in palermo.

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