2°Project "BOOK-DRESS" dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini
In December 1966 Cristiano Toraldo di Francia founds in Florence the Superstudio. His work of research and of refounding of the language of architecture and design has been documented by many international publications and it has been presented in many museums and art exhibitions: from the Triennale of Milan (1973) to the Biennale of Venice (1978-1996-2014), from the Museum of Modern Art (1972-2002) to the Metropolitan Museum of New York (1976), to FRAC (2004), to MAXXI in 2011. The drawings and projects of architecture, together with design objects, are parts of many public and private permanent collections. In 2000 the Centre Pompidou acquired in its archive a substantial part of the projects and of the photo montages.
This year Cristiano Toraldo di Francia has launched the second project BOOK-DRESS during the class/laboratory "RI-VESTIRE".
In 1953 Ray Bradbury published at the publishing house Ballantine in New York “Farenheit 451”, a story that foresaw a world dominated by the restless screen of TV, emitter of selected information but also precise monitor of movements and thoughts, where the firemen, instead of extinguishing fires, had been equated to a police cultural control body whose task was to burn books wherever they were. The main character Montag, he too a fireman, full up with doubts and a spirit of rebellion, eventually flees out of the town toward a place among dead-end platforms and uncultivated greenery (a third landscape before the term was invented) where he meets a group of revolutionaries who, having memorised the texts before the stakes, took refuge away from the city, using the author’s name of the memorised book.
“Would you like, one of these days, Montag, to read The Republic of Platone?”
“ Yes, of course!”
“I am the Republic of Platone, would you like to read Marc’Aurelio? Professor Simmons is Marc’Aurelio”
“I want to introduce you Jonathan Swift, the author of that wicked political book, Gulliver’s Travels! And this one is Charles Darwin, and this is Schopenhauer, and this is Einstein, and the one besides me is Mr. Albert Schweitzer, a good-hearted thinker, indeed! We are all here, Montag: Aristophanes, the Mahatma Gandhi, Gautama Buddha, and Confucius, Thomas Love Peacock, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, if you’ll excuse me. We also are Matthew, Marc, Luke and John.”
“We are but jackets of volumes, devoid of any importance other than prevent dust to bury the volumes….”
Twenty years later in 1973 the great GAC, born Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, started to propose the self-historicization and the exhibits at home, re-writing his own history in white dresses which he was wearing around the world, everywhere, but always out of the official channels of art.
Seventy-two years later in 2015, in an Italy which is lagging behind in books reading in Europe, also in memory of the interdisciplinary and anti-academic vitality of Eduardo Vittoria who 22 years ago opened in Ascoli Piceno the school which today is the School of Architecture and Design named after him, the experimental Class RE-WEAR 5 has thought to reintroduce to the students a crossing project, that’s the construction and illustration of a “book-dress”, starting from texts taken from the literary production of Pier Paolo Pasolini, from a suit of Tyvek, efficient protection against fine dust but not against thoughts, and from the more or less transparent meshes of I-MESH.
The intention will also be to put the function of the prosumer on edge and to uncover it, in this case of the bearer of brands and signs, moving him from the promotion of fashion companies to the promotion of the culture of thought and reading. The students after having read the writing of Pier Paolo Pasolini, will choose some significant passages, which they will report as new amanuensis with markers and colors on the suits and which they’ll illustrate with various techniques.
The final result will be a series of “home exhibits” and a small peripatetic library for the presentation of Maps 6 in February 2016.
We thank for the materials:
Gagliardini for the suits
I-MESH for the meshes waste
CTF/School of Architecture and Industrial Design/ Headquarter of Ascoli Piceno / UNICAM