Incompiuto: La nascita di uno Stile
di Alterazioni Video
“Incompiuto: La nascita di uno Stile” (Incompiuto: the Birth of a Style) is the first study of the most important Italian architectural style of the last fifty years. Through detailed documentation, gathered by Alterazioni Video over ten years of research and fieldwork, it outlines a perspective through which to reinterpret our contemporary landscape.
The intention is to provide the tools to understand a phenomenon that characterises the Italian landscape and which represents a perspective from which to interpret the recent history of our country. A historical period which, since the end of WWII, has witnessed the development of an infrastructural framework coupled with the spread of unfinished public works all along the peninsula.
With more than a thousand works throughout Italy, funded with public money before being interrupted for a wide range of reasons (planning errors, bankruptcy, inaccurate economic assessments, drainage of funds), they represent a cultural and artistic heritage, useful for a broader understanding of the relationships between the territory and those who live in it. A datum that today leads us to question the very dynamics of progress, its limitations and shortcomings. The phenomenon of unfinished public works, in its diffusion and in the breadth of the research fields it crosses, allows us to reflect on the co-presence of different languages, on the interweaving of grammar and rhetoric, on the construction of shared imagery, and on the relationship between ideology and politics.
Alterazioni Video is a collective of five artists founded in Milan in 2004 with bases in New York, Berlin and Milan. Their work has been exhibited around the world in art museums and institutions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale; Manifesta 7; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Berlin). On the occasion of the 52nd Venice Biennale, curated by Robert Storr, the collective exhibited Painting (16:9 colour video HD, 16’ 33”, 2007): a work that documents the continuous layering of writing and its removal along the outside walls of Milan’s San Vittore prison.
They are known for Incompiuto Siciliano, a project that reinterprets the Italian landscape of unfinished architecture, also displayed at the 12th Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2010 and at the Museo MAXXI in Rome. An ongoing project, first undertaken in 2006, it constitutes an outright census that defines the existence of a new style, or a study of the ruins of the contemporary world.
Over the last five years, the collective has produced ten films, brought together under the name Turbo Film and screened at cinema festivals and art spaces, such as Performa New York, the Milan Film Festival, Art Basel Miami and the PAC in Milan. The Fondazione Cineteca Italiana of Milan in 2016 dedicated a retrospective and a publication to the collective’s work.