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Autostrada Verticale
2009

A project by Riccardo Benassi in collaboration with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Gian Piero Frassinelli (Superstudio) and Ingo Niermann / The Great Pyramid project curated by Andrea Lissoni / Xing
Contemporary Art Pavillion - PAC, Ferrara (IT)


Autostrada Verticale (Vertical Highway)
Digital loop transferred on 16 mm Film
3'13''


"[…] In that period of life in which one devotes most time to the imagination, for me the Pieve was a volumetric presence suffocated in the repetitive landscape and the infinite vastness of the surrounding flatlands. A Simple interruption to the horizon’s linearity was enough to stop time for an instant: I think I always saw the building as an ancient camouflage, (what on earth!) an imaginary mountain constructed on the emptiest point. The mountain, fruit of a far ancient derivès, is the first step toward the lofty peak, the apparition necessary to the invisible. From this follows man’s attempt to reproduce divine action through the geometric organization of the landscape. Today I am able to observe the church in diametric opposition, as a ruin whose result is the force of time, of floods, inclement weather, and seasonal flux. […] I come from a people that learned to reconstruct their homes by confiding in destruction as a form of production. The rest was done through the unrelenting floods that brought pebbles, which when mixed with mortar gave way to an abundance of free building brick […]"

from
Every Pitched Roof is an Arrow (a form of survival from the object's inherited inertia)
© Riccardo Benassi 2009



Autostrada Verticale (Vertical Highway)
Shooting stills and specific conceived pedestal (black painted poplar, synthetic felt)


"Much like the tango lives in the pauses between one step and the next, an outdoor dance party in nurtured by the oscillation of bodies that await the rhythm’s repetition. The celebration is the summit reached through reflections made in the solitude of silence, a millennial chorus of vocal components that even when liberated in a crowed maintain the identifiable intimacy of the individual. Within the practice of the sharing of sounds, there are numerous architectonic structures that integrate themselves naturally into the landscape.A disposition of volumes rich with first-hand clues, relished with the senses, a vision so phenome- nal that it becomes credible. Architectures originally created to accompany man’s journey until his last breath, seem instead the fruit of temporary needs: ephemeral but constructed with materials that challenge any type of finale […]"

from
Every Pitched Roof is an Arrow (a form of survival from the object's inherited inertia)
© Riccardo Benassi 2009



Il suono di una festa danzante all'aperto è il risultato della battaglia fra il sound system e il vento / the sound of an outdoor dancing party results from the battle between the sound system and the wind
poplar, synthetic felt, iron stands, hidden loud-speaker, drum machine
base ø 202 cm, height variable
2009



Autostrada Verticale, studio per scala, scala 1:2
Photographic image, variable dimensions
2009



Parallelo al Fiume fino al Mare / Parallel to the River as far as the Sea
natural rubber, Plexiglas, poplar, waterproof ink, perpetual motion device
variable dimensions
2008



Parallelo al Fiume fino al Mare / Parallel to the River as far as the Sea
natural rubber, Plexiglas, poplar, waterproof ink, perpetual motion device
variable dimensions
2008



ooh... it's an endless trip my son, you need water, you need sun
NWL lamp designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Lindner / Bamberg (1960/1963), poplar, Plexiglas, Apollinaris light sparkling 1000 ml bottle
variable dimensions
2008



Architettura Riflessa / Dare un nome ad ogni Nuvola
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia's laser Print on matter paper (1970), waterproof PVC
Variable dimensions
2009



Architettura Riflessa / Dare un nome ad ogni Nuvola
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia's laser Print on matter paper (1970), waterproof PVC
Variable dimensions
2009



Five Stones Make a Pyramid
The Great Pyramid cornerstone + Alighiero Boetti's Scala (copy 1:2)
concrete, fir-tree, waterproof paint
2009