Since it's founding in 1994, Benetton's Fabrica, located in Treviso, Italy, has been one of the greatest global incubators for young creatives anywhere. I've long admired the inspired work that comes from this select group of under-25 cultural researchers.
At the end of last fall, Fabrica did a show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris entitled Les Yeux Ouverts (Open Eyes), an interactive, multi-media exhibit exploring visual communication, global cultural and social change. The exhibition closed in November 2006, a smash-hit viewed by 100,000 visitors in just over one month. Its impact and the positivity of its reception led to the establishment of Stock Exchange of Visions, an online archive of video interviews with artists, scientists, sociologists and futurologists. The site has been set up as a partially user-driven platform, allowing vistors to rate what they see and customize their viewing experience. The "Exchange" launched on January 1 with twenty-one Interviewees, including some esteemed WC allies like Bruce Mau of Massive Change, Amy Franceschini (of Futurefarmers and Free Soil) and Julie Lasky of ID Magazine. They will also soon have blogs, downloads, news, links and will continue to add more interviews as the project grows. The clips are worth a watch, and because you can select views according to topic, speaker and rating, it's the kind of experience you could repeat frequently and come away with something new each time.
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