Within the exhibition “Search Historical past” on the Maxxi Nationwide Museum in Rome, the structure and artwork studio House Fashionable examines the theoretical work of Aldo Rossi, among the many most influential Italian architects of the twentieth century.
The present is the most recent in curator Domitilla Dardi’s Studio Go to program, initiated in 2018 with a easy premise: to ask artistic producers to interpret the works of architectural masters within the museum’s assortment. On this means, the artistic just isn’t certain by the identical tutorial constraints as a curator and might interpret the work extra freely, revealing new prospects.
The continued collaboration between Italian materials firm Alcantara and the Maxxi Museum spans greater than 10 years, specializing in analysis inside up to date artwork and design practices, whereas encouraging a cross-disciplinary collaborative strategy. Dardi beforehand invited Nanda Vigo, FormaFantasma, Konstantin Grcic and, extra not too long ago, Neri & Hu, a Shanghai-based interdisciplinary architectural apply that deconstructed the works of Carlo Scarpa.
For this version, House Fashionable administrators Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg look to the neo-rational work of Aldo Rossi, a Pritzker Prize winner. Specifically they look at his notions of ‘city truth’ (fatto urbano) and ‘analogous metropolis’ (città analoga) to discover the chances of the digital metropolis—or the metaverse.
Rossi described the ‘analogous metropolis’ as a sequence of spatial experiences, which, although distinctive, have been drawn by collective reminiscences remaining a “everlasting, common and a mandatory truth.” House Fashionable attracts a parallel between this and the expertise of designing areas within the metaverse, and our person participation in navigating these ‘spatial experiences’ within the digital sphere.
House Fashionable’s “Search Historical past” exhibition takes the type of an immersive set up during which densely printed Alcantara materials are peeled again to disclose the inside workings of the town whereas re-evaluating Rossi’s theoretical strategy to urbanism. Concurrently, an unique audio soundscape composed by the Spanish music duo San Jeronimo performs within the background.
House Fashionable’s Lesmes and Hellberg are not any strangers to mixing the digital and the bodily, typically incorporating notions of teleportation of their work. “‘Search Historical past’ is directly an object, a threshold, and an setting,” they stated in an announcement. “In its in-between phases, it’s an summary panorama of layers. It displays on Rossi’s concepts of the constructing as an entity that absorbs, data, and performs again the historical past of the town onto itself.”
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