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'bagnoli (and italsider as extract-arrangement)'

installation view

photographer: Danilo Donzelli

 

   
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‘Positive 1 and 2’ (Wheel)

Found wooden facsimile of machine part, and copy there-of.

When a large part for a machine is damaged or in need of replacing, a wooden facsimile is constructed in preparation for the making of a mould.

original: 46 Ø x 10 cm, replica: 20 Ø x 6 cm

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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‘Box 1 and 2’

Tool/ machine parts box with replica. Found object, wood steel, grey paint.

Exploded view of box for various machine parts. Original found on site, Bagnoli.

40 x 23 x 9 cm

Danilo Donzelli

     
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‘N 19’

Indian Ink and white acrylic on paper

130 x 90 cm

   
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'Shelf 1', (technical drawings)

wooden shelf, glass, technical drawings under paper weight

170 x 34 x 5 cm

 
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'Filters 1'

found oil filters, cabinet

77 x 74 x 12.5 cm

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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'bagnoli (and italsider as extract-arrangement)'

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'Ascension'

Indian Ink and white acrylic on paper, frame

154 x 111 cm

   
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'Blade'

Found cooling blade, black paint

250 x 40 x 4 cm

   
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'Positive 5 (Cross section)'

found facsimile of machine part, wooden replica, paint

20 x 17 x 12 cm

   
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‘Manual for the operation and maintenance of machinery in the ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things’’. (extract 2)

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Shelf 2, (envelope and others)

installation view

 

 

   
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‘Manual for the operation and maintenance of machinery in the ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things’’. (extract 2)

2 upside-down pages from found manual

The ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things’, was the concept of Bagnoli artist “blah blah” for a fictitious department, founded on the occasion of the closing of the Italsider factory 1992.  The title for the Department appropriately reflects the redundancy felt by many of the laid-off workers.

The artist made a sign for the department which is currently outside, in a kind of sculpture garden of the ‘Ilva Circcolo’, a club hosting former members of the factory complex. The pages shown here, are a proposed extract of the Department, - an unintelligible manual.

   
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'Shelf 2, (envelope and others)'

Wooden shelf, glass, original tie, folder cover, envelope, Ilva project documentation

170 x 34 x 5 cm

   
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‘Silver on White’

Found brochure for industry atomization, with doodle in logo.

In 1984, the atomization of factory processes is introduced, the number of employees consequently drops from around 8000 to around 4000 or even fewer people.  Despite the modernization of Italsider, production finally tapers out, -the factories closing in 1992.

72 x 42 cm

   
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'bagnoli (and italsider as extract-arrangement)'

installation view

 

‘Positive 3 and 4’(Arm with joint)

‘Manual for the operation and maintenance of machinery in the ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things. (extract 1)'

‘Bambini of Bagnoli'

   
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‘Manual for the operation and maintenance of machinery in the ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things. (extract 1)'

9 manual pages, frames, 35 x 25 cm (each)

The ‘Department for the Production of Useless Things’, was the concept of Bagnoli artist “blah blah” for a fictitious department, founded on the occasion of the closing of the Italsider factory 1992.  The title for the Department appropriately reflects the redundancy felt by many of the laid off workers.

The artist made a sign for the department which is currently outside, in a kind of sculpture garden of the ‘Ilva Circcolo’, a club hosting former members of the factory complex. The pages shown here, are a proposed extract of the Department, - an unintelligible manual.

   
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‘Positive 3 and 4’(Arm with joint)

Found wooden facsimile of machine part, paint.

30 x 30 x 8 cm

When a large part for a machine is damaged or in need of replacing, a wooden facsimile is constructed in preparation for the making of a mould.

Found on location, Bagnoli-Italsider.

   
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‘Bambini of Bagnoli'

Machine embroidery, mounted on board.

35,5 x 27 cm

The image shows a program of recreational activities for Italsider factory workers’ children. This archival photo cir. 1950, was taken in the Bagnoli bay area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Stuff from Bagnoli'

overalls, juice decanter, cabinet

94 x 36 x 34 cm,

   
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'bagnoli (and italsider as extract-arrangement)'

installation view

 

'1 Trofeo Italsider’

‘L’associazione Vox Nova presenta Bentornata Operetta’

‘Shelf 4’ (Shelf holding found archival photo).

 

 

   
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‘Shelf 4’ (Shelf holding found archival photo).

The image (by Giulio Parisio, 1951) shows the beach terrace of the ‘Ilva Circolo Canottieri’.  Badly polluted from former industrial activities, the beach is mostly inaccessible, and places unrestricted still prohibit swimming due to the poor quality of the water. The majority of this pollution is due to the presence of heavy metals such as copper, mercury and cadmium, whilst inland there are additional traces of asbestos, a fibrous material formerly used in a range of applications for its properties of insulation and heat resistance.

   
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'1 Trofeo Italsider’

Found trophy of steel and wood on shelf

On loan from office of Giovanni, Bagnoli Futura.

   
   
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‘L’associazione Vox Nova presenta Bentornata Operetta’

Found poster for event in the near future.

Upon finding, this poster was already drastically bleached by the sun,  - with the appearance of a 20 year-old item. On closer inspection the Operatic event advertised was still the future!

Found on location,  ‘Ilva Circcolo’, a club hosting former members of the factory complex.

   
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'Tie'

wooden shelf, paint, glass

92 x 22 x 5 cm

Replica of a commemorative tie, Bagnoli-Italsider, 1960
   
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'Tie'

wooden shelf, paint, glass

92 x 22 x 5 cm

Replica of a commemorative tie, Bagnoli-Italsider, 1960
 

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‘Spines’

Rusted steel catalogue spines, enamel paint, furniture varnish, framed laser prints.

These spines were salvaged from a large pile of ashes, on location of the Bagnoli-Italsider terrain. Situated quite close to the control room of one of the blast furnaces, the spines were from the operation manuals and documentation of the process underwent. On leaving the factory in 1992, the local workers discarded and burnt the manuals, which have since sat in the rain for 20 years and rusted.

This piece is a salvation, taking one of the original Italsider folders, inverting it, and transposing its colour and proportions to the spines by means of dipping in paint.

   
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‘Spines’

Rusted steel catalogue spines, enamel paint, furniture varnish, framed laser prints.

   
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‘Spines’

Rusted steel catalogue spines, enamel paint, furniture varnish, framed laser prints.