Cinema Nervi is a videoart project which offers an enriching contemporary and experimental contribution to the exhibition Pier Luigi Nervi. Architettura come sfida, dedicated to the work of the world-renowned Italian architectural engineer, on display in the temporary exhibition spaces at Manifattura Tabacchi.
PIER LUIGI NERVI. ARCHITETTURA COME SFIDA
CINEMA NERVI | LIVE TALK
19 January / Lucia Tahan – Palazzo del Lavoro, Torino
26 January / Clube – Ambasciata Italiana, Brasilia
2 February / The Pleasure Paradox – Stadio G. Berta, Firenze
9 February / Alessio Grancini – Manifattura Tabacchi, Firenze
16 February / Anabel Garcia Kurland – Sede Unesco, Parigi
The works will be exhibited in the Manifattura Tabacchi from 25 January 2021.
Cinema Nervi is an invitation to observe the work of Pier Luigi Nervi with a fresh eye. Clube (São Paulo), Anabel Garcia Kurland (London), Alessio Grancini (Los Angeles), Lucia Tahan (Berlin) and The Pleasure Paradox (Milan, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rotterdam) were called to reinterpret five buildings from the exhibition Pier Luigi Nervi. Architettura come sfida through an unusual tool in the years of the great master’s work: video.
If one of the cornerstones and source of inspiration of the architectural production of Nervi was “immobility”, this aspect fades in a digital space, within a virtual environment set beyond a screen, where reality may be stressed and distorted to take the limits imposed by the laws of physics present in nature to the extreme. The project Cinema Nervi is inspired by one of the works Nervi was most fond of, i.e. the Cinema-Teatro Augusteo in Naples, as a space dedicated to presenting works to a public, and also by the possibilities of the contemporary digital production which allow us to visualize future scenarios for what, in this case, seems to be a heritage with no future.
Cinema Nervi, as a consequence, has developed on two parallel levels. The first one in the shape of a dedicated digital platform, through which it is possible to explore all the contents produced; and the second one in a physical installation in the spaces of the Manifattura Tabacchi, which functions as a mini-cinema, with a screen that looks like a hypothetical work of Nervi never realized. Both tools together form, as for the structures of the engineer, the dorsal spine of Cinema Nervi.
The five constructions assigned are buildings realized primarily to host very different functions compared to one another (politics, production, sport) and which today find themselves inside a completely different urban and social setting. The five artists invited read and analysed the selected five works, grasping their essential aspects, and projecting on the new meanings and visions, showing that today, certain constructions are underestimated or forgotten far too quickly. We are unfortunately used to overlook what these structures represented for the place in which they were built, and to not consider the potentialities that they could still express, without necessarily leaving space for new “glossy cover” architecture.
Parasite 2.0 (Parasite 2.0 (Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino, Luca Marullo) is an architecture, design and research office founded in 2010 and based in Milan, Brussels and London. They investigate the status of human habitats, acting within a hybrid of architecture, design and scenography. They have worked and collaborated with Triennale Milano, Galleria Skala, Jan Van Eyck Academy, Forecast (Berlino), Galeria e Bregdedit (Valona), MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, OGR Officine Grandi Riparazioni, domesti.city (New York), XX Chilean Architecture Biennale (Valparaiso), La Biennale di Venezia, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI, among others. They have led didactic activity at the Faculté d’architecture de l’Université libre de Bruxelles, Design Academy Eindhoven and Politecnico di Milano, among others. They taught at NABA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti Milano and Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and they are currently teaching at MADE Program in Siracusa, IED Roma and Free University of Bozen. Parasite 2.0 are represented by Operativa Arte Contemporanea Gallery and Galleria Corraini Arte Contemporanea.