Never before had motorcycles been invited in such an splendid place and El Solitario is stoked that this honor would only belong to us. The energy on the island was ecstatic and the feeling of joy generalized. The best artisans in Europe, (700 of them!@#$), invited to take over a magnificent island is something that only has happened once. An act of patronage but through the practical sight of someone like Johann Rupert. In a time when its most probable that speculators & looters will finish with the global economy and money loses its, already fictional, value, what will we be left with? Only bloodthirsty warriors and all those that know how to make something, with their hands, will survive. Uncontrolled consumerism and the extreme specialization of work are putting humanity at the feet of death and this worries some of us.

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Held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the most beautiful locations in Venice, and organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, Homo Faber is intended to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship and strengthen its connection to design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the Foundation aims to support those who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

Homo Faber, reminds the public of the value of the human hand! Celebrating the excellence of artisans all over Europe and the creativity of the designers who harness their incredible craftsmanship. An immersive experience, Homo Faber offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to meet artisans and watch them work. Regular live demonstrations, practical workshops, a programme of lively talks and several evening concerts will bring visitors closer to craftsmanship.

Each of its 16 exhibit spaces focuses on a different aspect of craftsmanship. They have been imagined by a world-class team of curators, architects and designers, including Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, London-based professor of fashion Judith Clark, gallerist Jean Blanchaert, acclaimed architect Stefano Boeri and Parisian interior designer India Mahdavi.

Homo Faber is open until next Sunday and Entry is free for those who care.

Below some pictures ©Homo Faber of the making off of the exhibition

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Restoring Arts Masters. In the foreground restoration of a work by Gaetano Pesce made from 1975 to 2005.

Best Of Europe. Sala degli Arazzi. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 10.09.2018 © Fred Merz / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

View of some of the vases exhibited in the "centuries of shape" exhibition.

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Workshop Exclusives

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Best Of Europe. Sala degli Arazzi. Matthew Chambers - Spiral and Eclipse 2- Stoneware - England, UK - Courtesy of Cavaliero Finn, London. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 10.09.2018 © Fred Merz / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

Best Of Europe. Sala degli Arazzi. Maria Oriza Perez - Anatomy of a tear. Transparent to the blue of your eyes - Ceramic - Spain - Courtesy of Galeria Astarte, Madrid. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 10.09.2018 © Fred Merz / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

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4 thoughts on “EL SOLITARIO AT HOMO FABER”

  1. ” It is most probable, that once speculators & looters finish with the global economy and money loses its, already fictional, value what will be left with? Only bloodthirsty warriors and all those that know how to make something, with their hands, will survive. Uncontrolled consumerism and the extreme specialization of work are putting humanity at the feet of death and this worries some of us ”

    Amen mi amigos . A truer more concise statement about the current state of affairs in the world has never been made as Anarcho – Capitalism fueled by the Gospel of Ayn Rand runs rampant undergirded by New European Fascism disguised as populism discreetly upheld by the very entities neo – populism claims to be in conflict with .

    So if you don’t mind I’ll be borrowing that quote ( giving full credit of course ) more often than I care to think about in the future .

    As for the likes of us ? Blatant rebellion for those young enough to do so …with those us of a certain age maintaining a stance of passive resistance on the surface while underneath offering financial support , wisdom and consulting to those on the front line .. making things and saving those we can along the way following in the footsteps of Izaac Walton ( author of ” The Complete Angler ” philosopher and survivor of the English Civil Wars )

    To end .. a quote from Goethe ;

    ” Nothing is more frightening than to see ignorance in action ”

    Some wisdom / a warning from Fredrik Nietzsche ;

    ” When you stare too long into the abyss .. the abyss stares back at you ”

    [… meaning you’ll eventually become the very evil you’re criticizing if you focus too long and hard at it Trust me … I’ve seen this happen to friends and associates over the years … and it aint pretty ]

    For those on the front line … a mantra / logo to live by ;

    ” Hayduke Lives ”

    And finally a reminder .. all outlaws are not criminals but as the ES t-shirt says ” Only Outlaws Will be Free ”

    Phew … lecture over … pardon the moment of soapbox .. and

    Ride On – Rock On – Remain Calm ( despite all the bs. ) and for the love of all things good please – Carry On

    GTRSLNGR ( Thom )

  2. it is a fine line, even to comment here is to be drawn in, are you already in the abyss, is the anarchist the antichrist who seeks to contradict yet appeal to those with wealth and elitism, where do the common people fit in or are we excluded by our ignorance, should such art remain underground, subversion has become mainstream, craft and beauty do pervade and uphold us all but at what point are we prevented from touching

    1. Dear Captain,
      its a pleasure to read you’ve crossed the line. The subject is as controversial as it looks. Perduring art was never in the hands of common people. This sounds elitist and it is. When you give the art direction of humanity to the people (with of course some notable exceptions) you end up with crap TV, logarithm driven music and Ikea art. Craftsmanship on the other hand is also in peril because of personal freedom. Children in the free world, (I include myself here), don’t want to follow the steps of their fathers and prefer to find their own way. This is beautiful but has a downside. All the knowledge created and nurtured generation after generation can disappear in a brisk.
      Excellency is jeopardized by mass driven focus and thats a horrible truth

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