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In assenza - Tradimento

Giorgio Della Marianna, Gaia Castelli, Michele Taborelli, Federico Muratori

Transience and impermanence to replace monumental and massive.

This short film is the first in a series of three aimed at analyzing, exploring and criticizing, through moving images, the War Memorial in Como designed by Giuseppe Terragni starting from a drawing by Antonio Sant'Elia. On the occasion of Sant'Elia's death anniversary, and its celebrations, a workshop tutored by director Ila Bêka and participated by students from Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio was held, promoted by Ordine degli architetti di Como and curated by architects Stefano Larotonda and Niccolò Nessi.

The work investigates the futuristic qualities of the monument, by reflecting about its genesis. Italian futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti chose a drawing among the numerous ones by Sant'Elia and charged the scenographer Enrico Prampolini to develop construction documents for its realization, then Giuseppe Terragni completed the building. During the process, however, a misinterpretation of the futuristic suggestions led to a monumental and celebrative architecture. The short film aims to invert this situation, by decomposing images of the monument and recomposing them in a new order to recall the main futuristic qualities of the project: transience and impermanence. Twisted frames, interpenetration of plans, superimpositions and irregular editing compose the short film, while music emphasizes fragmentations by means of its rhythms. Thus the monument is revealed as a new and more dynamic object. The short film puts side by side images taken from the real building and merges them with pictures of the maquette. As a result, the ambiguity between the real and its representation is highlighted in terms of dimensions and materials, upsetting the viewer's linear perception and bringing observers into the futuristic universe.


Authors: Chan-Woo Park, Alexandra Zervudachi
Architect: Giuseppe Terragni
Mentioned project: War Memorial (1930-33) based on a drawing by Antonio Sant'Elia (1912-14)
Project location: Como, Italy
Production: Ordine degli Architetti PPC della Provincia di Como
Tutor: Ila Bêka
Workshop coordinators: Stefano Larotonda, Niccolò Nessi
Photography Assistant: Marco Cappelletti

Italy 2016
Duration: 2'53''