alcarol was conceived by Andrea Forti & Eleonora Dal Farra, an experimental design duo who researches and focuses on the story and intrinsic features of the environment and physical substances, combining avant-garde and innovative techniques with the handed-down experience of raw materials processing.
All environmental traces on the materials are thoroughly studied to discover a specific Genius Loci.
In classical mythology, the Latin term Genius Loci refers to a protective spirit attached to a place, a guardian who watches over its part of the world and imbues it with a special character. In a modern context, alcarol seeks to identify the spirit and the essence of a place to obtain an extraordinary understanding.
alcarol is based halfway between the Venice Lagoon and the nearby Dolomite Unesco World Heritage mountains, and its pieces aim to capture some unique atmospheres of these remarkable lands, often by freezing time at the end of the material’s life cycle, thereby giving it a new life.
Acarol employs an experimental process using invisible or transparent substances to preserve natural materials exactly as they appear in their original habitat, and making them functional as unique design pieces.
The subsequent sectioning of the physical substances allows for an appreciation of their intimate and profound natures; introducing the fundamental idea of environmental cross-section.
The section planes – through touch, sight and olfaction of different materials – allow us to transcend the ordinary perception of a place.
Andrea Forti – architect – was born in the Dolomite mountains in 1981. Then he moved to Venice, where he graduated in 2005 in Architecture at IUAV. Immediately undertaking collaborations with various architects and furniture craftsmen as designer and prototypist, the simplicity and rationality that guide Andrea in projects is artistic and crafting influences which drive a strong emotional charge in his work. During the Lagoon residency, he cultivated his passion for various forms of artistic expression, while curating very personal experimentation.
Peacefully eclectic, unfaithful to genres, techniques and styles, he has participated in various symposiums and artistic events with a series of solo and group exhibitions of painting, sculpture and installation. Among the materials mainly used in his work wood emerges, always loved and revered, now carved with traditional techniques, then worked through experimental procedures.
Eleonora Dal Farra – conservator – was born in the Dolomite mountains in 1986. In 2005 she moved to Venice in pursuit of her passion for art and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2007 she collaborated with the artist Odili Donald Odita at the 52nd International Art Exhibition, deepening the perceptual phenomena related to shape and color. In 2009 he graduated in Artistic Restoration, undertaking collaborations of varying services in a range of site and restoration workshops throughout Italy.
Eleonora is always attending courses, symposiums and artistic events, participating and organizing art exhibitions. In her speeches and her creations she always tries to marry heritage and craftsmanship with a more free and uninhibited creativity, investigating and using the most ancient manufacturing techniques and inserting them in contemporary processes.