Imagining New Spatial Perspectives_Redefining the Threshold between Public Space and the City
What influenced or sparked these interventions around the city?
We’ve always wanted to act directly into the city streets and with those who live in it, so we decided to do it with images ingrained in our memory, as those related to the art world (paintings, frescos, canvas etc), with the addition of something new: here came the necessity to act with our works in people’s everyday living through recognizable images, but different from the original ones, and create a moment of reflection in the lives of those who live the city.
How do you decide the specific site and what image ‘fits’ and or ‘frames’ that specific moment?
We usually act differently according to the urban spot, studying the context of the urban fabric in which we act and trying to respect both the shape of the wall both its historical position: it is very important for us to work with precisely measures, possibly in geometrically defined spaces. In addition, keeping inspiration from the Andrea Pozzo’s fake perspectives, we like to work on the blank walls of the city where public space ends and the city begins, imagining new spatial perspectives.
What dictates the images you chose to archive and collage?
We have a wide selected reproduction of paintings, pictures, frescoes, canvas, tables, which we catalog for passion, both print and digital.
We usually choose and select a picture according to the place or the city in which we decide to act, but it is mainly the architecture of the place that we decided to include in the context that suggests which pictures to choose.
That’s what happened in a small town in Tuscany, where we wanted to recreate a very significant architectural building by Pierluigi Nervi, destroyed after the war, in a painting of the Tuscan painter Sandro Botticelli: many people recognized the place and liked that our work was put on their city streets.
Your work can be read as a continuous collage, does this reflect a specific approach and view of the city and or architecture/art?
Yes, I guess it’s true. The city is a continuous stratification of ages: our work tries to recreate this schedule by combining several different images, where the original imposes itself on the new and viceversa, once in a similar way once in conflict with each other.
We strongly believe that the basis of the architecture is in the art and therefore we feel obliged to emphasize this relationship.
Did you ever contemplate on splitting the collages around the city as to form a kind of puzzle?
No, we never thought about it but it could be a new inspiring research!
Author: Federica Sofia Zambe