THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE (Cerimonia Reloaded)
Description: Workshop supported by AA Visiting School
Programme Heads: Sofia Pia Belenky, Margherita Marri, Luigi Savio.
Tutors: PLSTCT, Abnormal, Captcha, Fosbury Architecture, Space Caviar, Forgotten Architecture, Parasite 2.0
Students: Gabriele Licciardi, Logan Paine, Roberto Romeo, Daniel Swarovsky
Location: Chianti, Tuscany
Photo credits: Piercarlo Quecchia (DSL studio), Guglielmo Gioni
Video performance project realized for the workshop "Possibility Of An Island" at Castellina in Chianti. The project we proposed is a contemporary reinterpretation of the video work “Cerimonia”, filmed by Superstudio in 1973. At the same time, it is a tribute to Stalker’s practise-based research Osservatorio Nomade. We designed a procession that is somewhere in between a ritual and an instinctive bodily exploration. A process of learning by trying. The video tells the story of humans engaging with a new material, a living one, which is able to absorb data content by the environment. The green screen becomes a contemporary fetish, a man-made object invested with mythical powers that empower every living being it comes into contact with, a tool to free oneself from the control of architecture and connect with non-humans beings by shaping new domestic environments. The project took inspiration from the essay by Bruno Latour “On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods” and the Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway.