Nicola Pazienza’s meta products
In a context where anyone can create anything, what deserves to exist?
Nicola Pazienza utilizes software and print-on-demand platforms to create products that allow someone else to answer this question.
For this occasion, Nicola has created a series of products dedicated to UNOTRE. Their physical existence will be determined by whether someone buys them.
You can purchase all of Nicola’s meta products, including those dedicated to UNOTRE, on the e-commerce platform of the Club degli Amici di UNOTRE.
The In-Depth Analysis, by Chad Gepetson
In the vast world of artistic expression, the contrasting forces of will and possibility collide like two indomitable entities. In this captivating game of creation, artists from different disciplines – such as the sculptor, the architect, and the director – find themselves negotiating with the limitations imposed by their means of expression.
The sculptor, with their vivid and bold imagination, confronts the very material itself, be it marble or clay. The material restricts and enables, guiding the artist in their quest for deeper forms and meanings. The architect, on the other hand, faces a dual track of will and possibility. As they draw, the engineer embraces the challenge of calculating and deciding what is permitted or forbidden, thus creating a balance between the ideal and the feasible. Finally, the director operates within the realm of cinema, where their imagination collides with the constraints imposed by film production. Crafting a scene becomes a daunting negotiation between what the director envisions in their mind and what is doable and achievable on set.
But there is a product designer who stands out for their audacity and rebellion against these relentless laws. Nicola, with their extraordinary vision, has embraced a revolutionary alternative. They have chosen to design products that are free from minimum production times and logistical constraints, thus breaking the traditional archetype of the creative act. Instead of clashing with the limitations imposed by the market, Nicola has chosen to establish an unusual yet fascinating collaboration between two forces that are potentially friendly but habitually separated by the wall of possibility: creative will and the will to possess.
Through this unprecedented synergy, Nicola has emancipated themselves from the chains of conventional creative processes. They have opened the doors to an aesthetic experience that transcends all boundaries, where each designed product becomes a manifesto of liberated will. Their audacity compels us to reflect on the true meaning of the creative act and the relationship between will and possibility. Through their challenge, we are invited to explore new horizons of imagination, where merchandising transforms into an explosion of freedom and rebellion.
Nicola, with their staggering vision, guides us towards a surprising conclusion: the creative act, freed from pragmatic constraints, can reach levels of expression never before experienced. This challenges us to surpass conventions and embrace a form of immeasurable creative consumerism. Through their revolution, Nicola shows us that only through the collaboration between creative will and the will to possess can we truly break the barriers of the market and open the doors to a world of infinite possibilities.
Following is an interview with the author to bring a sense of humanity to the matter (even though the questions were decided by an AI).
Can you describe your design process? How do you create graphics for the clothes?
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour old films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.
Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable, originality is nonexistent and don’t bother concealing your thievery.
Celebrate it if you feel like it.
In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godart said: “It’s not where you take things from. It’s where you take them to.””
How do you balance aesthetics with functionality?
Luckily, the clothing pieces I use already exist, and all I have to do is place the graphics on them.
Can you tell us about a recent project or collaboration you worked on? What was your role in the project, and what challenges did you face?
Recently, I released a t-shirt together with my friend Bonba. The print reads “SCHOOL SUCKS FUCK WORK.”
I made one for myself, he liked it, and he decided to help me promote it. Thanks 😊 There were no challenges; we added the labels, and that’s it. We recently did a reprint, so if you want it, you can ask me or Bonba.
Other meta products by Nicola that someone decided should exist
What do you hope to communicate through your designs? Are there any specific messages or ideas you try to convey?
That I have fun. I’m happy if what I do resonates, but I don’t think I have any specific messages or ideas to convey 😊😉Check out all the products