Spinning art into a fine thread


The story goes Leipzig had the biggest cotton-spinning plant of continental Europe.
At the time 4,000 people worked in a 10 hectares complex which included worker’s homes, allotment gardens and the factory’s kindegarten.
After the fall of DDR the factories were abandoned and left unattended.
Tjhe ownership changed from state to a private consortium who saw the presence of artists as an answer to the need to re-invent an economy on its knees.

Spinnerei now house over 100 artist’ studios two dozens commercial galleries nd a number of other creative and artisan workshops: printers and book binders (Leipzig is also renowned for the amazing quantity and quality of publishing company within its boundaries), ceramists and woodworkers, bicycle specialists and designers, fashion labels and audio technicians, and more..
A thriving community re-inhabited the spaces.
You were lucky enough to be invited and expirience it during an exceptional ’roundgang’, a weekend of open studios and open galleries.
Halle 14, the only not-for-profit gallery space in the complex, presented a group show of contemporary art from Australia, Terra Nullius, were names like gitto and Ah Kee, Hookey and Parr are alongside SquatSpace, the collective you work with since 2000.
You will give a talk about SquatSpace’ Tour of Beauty today.
You also want to find the communal gardens.

See here for a selection of Photographs from the Festival

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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2 Responses to Spinning art into a fine thread

  1. Lucas says:

    how did the talk go, boss?

  2. info says:

    THe talk was great lu, but i already talked to you about it.
    As for video content is not that i produce much of it, and i guess i could source out some related content from other sites.
    I will look into it.
    Thanks for your comments!

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