EXHIBITIONS

W Eugene Smith
W Eugene Smith

The MAST Foundation presents for the first time in Italy an exhibition entirely dedicated to American photographer W: Eugene Smith and to the monumental body of work he realised from 1955 onwards in Pittsburgh, the most powerful industrial city in the world at the time.

The project, which Smith considered the most ambitious of his career, marked a turning point in his professional and personal life. Aged thirty-six, after his achievement of success and fame as a photojournalist documenting some of the most important events of World War II for “Life,”he decided to break with the nearly intolerable limitations imposed by the media and devoted himself to photography from a position of total expressive freedom.

His first commission as a freelancer was to take 80 to 100 photos of Pittsburgh for a publication celebrating the bicentennial of its foundation. The city was in the midst of an economic boom driven by the growth of the steel industry, and in particular its steel mills, which guaranteed employment and drew workers from all over the world. 

Smith was fascinated by the City of Steel, the faces of the workers, its streets, its factories and the infinite details and contradictions of its social fabric, painstakingly recording it all in order to create a comprehensive portrait of the city. He was driven by the desire to find the absolute, to be truly present and prepared in the sparse moments in which the truth of life manifests itself in worldly phenomena. Pittsburgh soon became his obsession. Instead of shooting for six weeks, he took photographs for two or three years, then spent the rest of his life struggling with the almost 20,000 negatives and 2,000 master prints, doggedly pursuing his ultimate ambition: to create the definitive book on Pittsburgh, an unprecedented work in the history of photography.

Theproject never came to an end and only a small number of images were published. 

Curated by Urs Stahel, the exhibition at MAST displays a group of 170 core pictures from this magnificent and painstaking work, providing a portrayal of Pittsburgh but also of America in the 1950s, with its lights and shadows and its promises of happiness and progress.
 

The exhibition is organised by the MAST Foundation in collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Photos © W. Eugene Smith / Magnum Photos

 


EVENTS

FutureFilmFestival2018
FutureFilmFestival2018

VENERDÌ 25 MAGGIO 2018 
ORE 20.30
MAST.AUDITORIUM

MOON 
di Duncan Jones, USA 2009, 97’

Sam Bell è prossimo alla conclusione di un contratto di lavoro della durata di tre anni come unico residente della base mineraria lunare Sarang della Lunar Industries. Il suo compito è sovrintendere al funzionamento degli estrattori automatici, che estraggono elio-3 dalla superficie lunare, recuperare il carico quando questi raggiungono la quota prestabilita ed inviarlo sulla Terra, dove è utilizzato quale principale fonte energetica. 
Problemi cronici nelle comunicazioni limitano Sam a scambiare solo occasionali messaggi registrati con la sua famiglia, composta da sua moglie Tess e da sua figlia Eve, nata dopo la partenza di Sam per la Luna. La sua unica compagnia nella base è costituita da un'intelligenza artificiale di nome GERTY, che gestisce le automazioni della base stessa. A due settimane dalla data prevista per il suo ritorno sulla Terra, Sam inizia ad avere allucinazioni e a soffrire di forti mal di testa.

Introduce Roy Menarini, Critico cinematografico e Docente universitario

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SABATO 26 MAGGIO 2018
MAST.AUDITORIUM

+ ORE 20.00

IL PIANETA PROIBITO
di Fred M. Wilcox, USA, 1956, 98’

XXIV secolo, l’incrociatore spaziale C-57-D, capitanato da John J. Adams, è inviato in missione sul pianeta Altair IV, alla ricerca di sopravvissuti della spedizione Bellerofonte, scomparsa misteriosamente vent’anni prima. Appena atterrati, John e il suo equipaggio incontrano il Professor Morbius, unico superstite che vive in una spettacolare residenza con la figlia Altaira e il servitore Robby, un robot parlante. Il Professore si rifiuta di lasciare il pianeta Altair IV poiché sta studiando la tecnologia che ha trovato sul pianeta, unica testimonianza della civiltà Krel un tempo abitante del pianeta. Ma proprio quella tecnologia scatena una creatura di pura energia, inquietante ma allo stesso tempo affascinante. Il robot Robby fu l’oggetto scenico cinematografico più costoso mai costruito fino ad allora, ed è il primo robot della storia del cinema a rispettare le Tre Leggi della Robotica di Isaac Asimov.

Introduce Michele Fadda

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+ ORE 22.30

IO, ROBOT 
di Alex Proyas, USA, 2004, 115’

Il titolo è ispirato all'antologia
 Io, Robot dello scrittore di fantascienza Isaac Asimov, in cui vengono descritte le Tre leggi della robotica, che nel film regolano il rapporto tra uomini e robot. Anno 2035, Chicago. I robot positronici ormai sono diventati un articolo domestico come un altro, alla portata di tutti ed in tutte le case, e il mondo aspetta l'arrivo sul mercato dei nuovissimi NS-5, generazione prodotta dalla U.S. Robots, azienda leader nella robotica. Mentre tutti impazziscono per questi aiutanti meccanici, il detective Del Spooner non si fida troppo dei nuovi e avanzatissimi robot. Spooner viene chiamato sulla scena del suicidio del dottor Alfred Lanning, brillante scienziato nonché fondatore della U.S. Robots, dove per l'appunto lavorava; tra l'altro il dottor Lanning è l'ideatore delle famose Tre leggi della robotica nonché dei famosissimi e oramai molto diffusi robot "NeStor classe 5", da cui il nome in codice "NS-5". Lanning lascia a Spooner un dispositivo olografico contenente alcune sue riflessioni che lo spingono a considerare la sua morte come un omicidio.

Introduce Michele Fadda

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DOMENICA 27 MAGGIO 2018
MAST.AUDITORIUM

+ ORE 20.00

GATTACA - LA PORTA DELL'UNIVERSO
di Andrew Niccol, USA, 2011, 109’

In un prossimo futuro nascono esseri umani con un corredo genetico praticamente perfetto, selezionato dai genitori su di un gruppo di cellule embrionali. Tramite questo processo, si possono prevedere in anticipo le future condizioni fisiche e di salute dei nascituri, tanto che, in definitiva, alcuni di loro vengono artificialmente generati senza imperfezioni, come se fossero "costruiti" su misura. Sostanzialmente, la società risulta di fatto divisa in due categorie: i
 validi, cioè esseri dal corredo genetico perfetto, che vengono scelti per ricoprire i lavori più prestigiosi della comunità, e i non validi, ovvero le persone nate coi loro genomi naturali, destinati allo svolgimento dei lavori più umili e relegati ai margini della vita sociale. Per scelta volontaria dei suoi genitori, il protagonista Vincent viene concepito in modo naturale, senza l'intervento della scienza. Fin dalla nascita gli viene diagnosticata la stessa debolezza cardiaca del padre, che lo dovrebbe portare, secondo i calcoli svolti a partire dalle analisi del suo sangue prelevato all'atto della nascita, a morire prima dei trent'anni. Vincent è dunque etichettato come non valido.

Introduce Roy Menarini

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+ ORE 22.30

IN TIME 
di Andrew Niccol, USA, 2011, 109’

Nell’anno 2169, le persone sono geneticamente programmate per invecchiare soltanto fino a 25 anni, quando un timer, posizionato sul loro braccio, inizia un conto alla rovescia che dura soltanto un altro anno, al termine del quale l’individuo morirà all’istante. Questo limite può essere esteso a pagamento, permettendo all’individuo di vivere potenzialmente in eterno.Il tempo quindi è diventato la valuta corrente con cui la gente viene pagata per il proprio lavoro, ed è moneta per le necessità ed i lussi dei ricchi. Infatti, tramite una particolare tecnologia, è possibile immagazzinare il tempo in appositi apparecchi e trasferirlo di persona in persona. Ne risulta così una società squilibrata, dove i ricchi possono vivere per sempre, mentre gli altri cercano di negoziare giorno per giorno la loro sopravvivenza. Il protagonista del film, Will Salas, vive con la madre, ormai cinquantenne, nella zona più povera della città chiamata “il ghetto”. In questa zona le persone vivono alla giornata, cercando di guadagnare un altro po’ di tempo ed evitare di far scadere il loro “orologio vitale”. Will proverà a ribellarsi, diventando un "Robin Hood del tempo".

Introduce Roy Menarini, Critico cinematografico e Docente universitario

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WORKSHOPS

How can we take pictures? Could it be enough to use a box with a pinhole? The light allows us to write, to draw, to fix images of ourselves and of the world that surrounds us. Started during Foto/Industria 2017, the MAST Foundation offers to children a new experimental workshop, conceived by Nino Migliori, focused on the language of photography.

 

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TUESDAY-FRIDAY  10.00-12.00 e 14.00-16.00

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WHERE NEW INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OFFER A CONTEXT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ON INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MECHANICS AND THE WORLD OF WORK

Gallery
The Gallery aims to explore technological innovation and entrepreneurship processes through exhibitions, artistic images and innovative experimental devices.
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 first floor of the Gallery provides the city with an area dedicated to photography that portrays industry and labour, curated by Urs Stahel.
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

academy

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.

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WHERE SCREENINGS OF DOCUMENTARIES, MUSICAL AND ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES, CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CREATIVITY

Auditorium

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.

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WHERE CULINARY EXPERIMENTATION COMES TOGETHER WITH TECHNOLOGY, SUSTAINABILITY AND MULTICULTURAL INVENTIVENESS

Caffetteria

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.

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WHERE TODDLERS TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS IN SOCIAL LEARNING AND BEGIN TO EXPRESS THEIR IMAGINATION

NIdo

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

Technology
A tool of everyday life and modernity, to promote new methods of communication and information exchange between educators and parents

Picture books
Objects of growth that accompany the development of the child's representation and language

Games
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.

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WHERE THE PRINCIPLES OF MODERN NUTRITION BECOME AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTIVE AWARENESS

Ristorante aziendale

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.

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WHERE THE INNOVATION OF TECHNOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MESHES WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES

Wellness

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.
 

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