FOR ORGANISATIONAL REASONS THE MAST.GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER AND WILL REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY 2nd DECEMBER AT 10 AM.
2015 GD4PHOTOART COMPETITION FINALISTS
GD4PhotoArt is a biennial selection of young photographers that aims to document and support image research activities related to industry, the transformations it can effect on society and on the environment and the role of human labour in economic and productive development.
Created in 2007, since 2013 the GD4PhotoArt competition has become part of a far greater project which is being developed within the context of MAST (Arts, Experience and Technology), the innovative multifunction complex adjacent to the historic G.D plant and the headquarters of the Coesia Group in Bologna that offers a range of services to company employees and to the local community. The activities promoted by MAST are coordinated by a non-profit institution, the MAST Foundation, which has been organising the competition together with G.D starting from 2013.
Since 2007, the GD4PhotoArt contest has contributed towards creating a photography collection of young contemporary artists which is part of a more complex and historically-based collection of images on industry and labour.
All activities connected with the collection are now headquartered in a space dedicated to this topic within the MAST Gallery, where exhibitions are set up throughout the year. Within this specific and original project, the competition encourages young photographers who wish to explore modern society. In this context, MAST Foundation also promotes Foto/Industria, the first biennial in the world dedicated to industrial photography, under the artistic direction of François Hébel.
In the last two or three decades, industry in Europe has undergone a huge change. It has taken hold of companies, society as a whole and every individual. Production plants are being moved to far away countries, meaning that we run the risk of also losing the expertise and community and decision-making structures that our societies have developed over centuries. The MAST Foundation – with its Photo Gallery, the photo Collection, the GD4PhotoArt contest and the Foto/Industria biennial – wishes, by way of confrontation with photographs of the world of work, to promote the understanding of collective and economic systems, the power of innovation and a sense of individual and social responsibility. The competition procedures require that the photographers, under forty years of age, are proposed by international experts in the field. Candidates are invited to participate by presenting a project and their portfolio. The jury selects four photographers for the shortlist, who receive a grant to carry out the plan they have submitted. Before the opening of the exhibition the jury convenes again to evaluate the works and appoint the winner, who receives a further prize.
The artists shortlisted for the fourth edition of the competition are: Marc Roig Blesa, Raphaël Dallaporta, Madhuban Mitra & Manas Bhattacharya, and Óscar Monzón. The winner of the current edition is Óscar Monzón.
The jury of the 2013-2014 GD4PhotoArt Award consists of: Isabella Seràgnoli (President of G.D and of the MAST Foundation), Quentin Bajac (MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Giovanna Calvenzi (Journalist, Periodici San Paolo, Milan), Giuseppe Ciorra (Maxxi Architecture), Daniela Facchinato (Photographer), Laura Gasparini (Panizzi Photographic Library, Reggio Emilia), François Hébel (Artistic Director, Foto/Industria), Michael Hoppen (Gallery Owner, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London), Piero Orlandi (Institute for Cultural Heritage of the Emilia Romagna Region), Urs Stahel (Curator, Mast Foundation Photo Collection), Roberta Valtorta (Contemporary Photography Museum, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan).
FROM ALBUMS TO PHOTOBOOKS
ITALIAN INDUSTRY IN 120 VOLUMES
SAVINA PALMIERI COLLECTION
First came the album, then the booklet and later the book. For over a century, industry has introduced new ways of using printing in its communications: showpiece albums, advertising brochures, anniversary books, and so on. Companies’ 50th, 100th and 150th anniversaries were often celebrated with lavishly printed and bound self-portraits. Words and pictures combined to represent past achievements and the company’s prosperity. The exhibition uses 120 volumes from Italian industry to trace the development of photography in books. It is also a stroll through Italian industrial photography and the history of Italian enterprises. A number of video projections make it possible to follow the page sequence.
All the books come from the Savina Palmieri collection, Milan.
MAST stands for MANIFATTURA di ARTI, SPERIMENTAZIONE e TECNOLOGIA (ARTS, EXPERIENCE and TECHNOLOGY).
MANIFATTURA: the industrial identity of the district
ARTI: the highest forms of creative expression
SPERIMENTAZIONE:the practice at the heart of innovation
TECNOLOGIA: the application of techniques that can improve human life
The project was designed by STUDIO LABICS in ROME, which won an invited competition organized by G.D (COESIA group) in 2005, among the most renowned young Italian architecture firms. Two major pedestrian ramps, which extend from the core of the building to the main access, symbolize the close relationship between the Coesia industrial complex and the surrounding city, creating a metaphorical bridge between COESIA, the immediate city surroundings and the adjacent park. The building consists of two sections that stand next to each other, with large windows, glass features, and frames in steel. The original architectural design extends throughout the spaces occupied by the various services. A reflecting pool and landscaped garden complete the design, showing how the transformation of a former industrial space can revive an area on the outskirts, with company and community activities that make it a gathering place.
WHERE NEW INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OFFER A CONTEXT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ON INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MECHANICS AND THE WORLD OF WORK
The Gallery is partially modelled on so-called science centres, in which the visitor can try the interactive displays and experience a greater level of involvement.
The space is dedicated to the culture of innovation, with a particular focus on technological innovations in mechanical industry. The aim is to stimulate both curiosity and creativity within the different groups of visitors.
The installation in the Gallery includes the following devices:
- hands-on exhibits (interactive devices and instruments)
- multimedia exhibits
- virtual reality installations (augmented reality)
- teaching labs
The ground floor will mainly host a great interactive game based on entrepreneurship. This will be developed and installed in 2015.
Gallery / target
The Gallery aims to reach out to local communities in order to enhance the perceived value of the mechanical industry. Leveraging on the local identity, MAST Foundation wishes to offer a context where it is possible to share knowledge and experiences and to educate the younger generations through a mix of technology, innovation and art in a dynamic, flexible, committing and engaging environment.
The most interesting target is the Z generation, people born after 1995 and digital fluent.
The Gallery develops close relationships with middle schools, high schools and universities to involve the maximum number of people in the target group. In addition, the exhibition space proposes activities and services of interest to all citizens and families. (...)
WHERE EXCELLENT TRAINING IN MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGIES OFFERS COESIA EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTINUAL GROWTH
The Academy offers technical and management training to Coesia employees and organizes workshops and short courses to visitors of MAST and students of different age groups. Programs focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, while the methodology facilitates experience and participation.
With this perspective, the Academy together with MAST Foundation establishes permanent relationships with different departments and schools of the University of Bologna, and other Academic Institutions and Foundations in the field.
The Academy makes large and small classrooms available, equipped with cutting-edge teaching technologies. A classroom for video-conferencing with Cisco's "Telepresence" technology can be rented to outside companies and organizations.
WHERE SCREENINGS OF DOCUMENTARIES, MUSICAL AND ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES, CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CREATIVITY
The Auditorium is available to host activities associated with both the Gallery, the Academy and the Coesia Group (conventions, meetings, films) as well as offering various events such as concerts, shows, conferences.
In terms of size (400 seats) and other architectural/technological aspects, the auditorium was designed with features that set it apart from similar locations in Bologna.
With 400 seats, it is the only medium-sized space near the city center.
One of the most important aspects is its acoustic system, which can be adjusted depending on the type of event.
WHERE CULINARY EXPERIMENTATION COMES TOGETHER WITH TECHNOLOGY, SUSTAINABILITY AND MULTICULTURAL INVENTIVENESS
The cafeteria is located beneath the auditorium. It provides services to the Coesia Group for its guests and customers and is open to the visitors of the Gallery on the occasion of events.
Here culinary creativity meets technology, sustainability and cultural diversity in a project that aims to provide users with a convivial meeting place, and at the same time, an experimentation and learning environment.
WHERE TODDLERS TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS IN SOCIAL LEARNING AND BEGIN TO EXPRESS THEIR IMAGINATION
A significant area of MAST has been dedicated to a unique nursery, built to host the very young children of the Coesia Group employees during office hours. The Day-care was opened in 2012 and can host up to 80 children of Coesia Group employees (85%), and the community (15%).
The project was realized in collaboration with "Reggio Children, an International Center for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights and Potential of All Children". Relying on their wide experience developed during the last three decades, Reggio Children have created a methodology – recognized all over the world – focused on the value of team work and of meaningful relationships between children and their families.
A management company was established, and in collaboration with Reggio Children, the Cadiai Cooperative and the Giannino Stoppani Cooperative, it manages the Day-care, the pedagogical approach and relationships with institutions.
From 2013, to meet a local need, a kindergarten section for three-year-old children was also opened.
INNOVATION AT THE NURSERY
The MAST nursery is based on a pedagogical project that offers children a range of educational and cultural stimuli:
The value of beauty
The architectural choices, the colours and the furnishings are inspired by aesthetic criteria and by the most up-to-date pedagogical studies on the perceptions of young children
A tool of everyday life and modernity, to promote new methods of communication and information exchange between educators and parents
Objects of growth that accompany the development of the child's representation and language
Chosen as the product of a fine artistic and craft culture
English through songs
To learn new sounds through music with a mother tongue teacher
The workshops of colour, nature and music
The workshops are places where children, teachers and families can meet, discover and explore. The first is for painting, the second is for experiencing time as change in plants and fruit – also in relation to an outdoor vegetable garden – and the third is for playing and listening to music.
WHERE THE PRINCIPLES OF MODERN NUTRITION BECOME AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTIVE AWARENESS
The canteen (1,000 sqm) provides the opportunity for active awareness of the basic principles of modern nutrition, with the aim of improving lifestyle. It is organized into islands with nutrition labels and the "free-flow" path favours careful food choices.
During the week the canteen serves lunch to Coesia Group employees, while during the weekend, it can be used to host events.
WHERE THE INNOVATION OF TECHNOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MESHES WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES
The Wellness Center, which is supplied and managed by Technogym (world leader in fitness equipment), offers a variety of services based on a model of intergrated and holistic well-being and will also be running dedicated programs for the community.
The Company Restaurant and Wellness Center were designed as part of a unified project where nutrition and physical activity are salient features of the Mast identity. One of the driving values that inspires the project is the promotion of an idea of health connected to awareness, information, and a nutritional culture related to health and well-being in order to improve the quality of life.