The project interprets the theme Heritage, proposed by the curatorial team of Outdoor Festival 2018, developing the exhibition design in the form of a maze. It represents in spatial terms the rhapsodic and not linear path, typical of contemporary heritage, made out of crossroads, choices and awareness.
Today more than ever the act of hand down is no longer a linear, static and passive action, but rather an active and personal process, which requires inventiveness and interpretation of what we receive from the past. Following the metaphor, the exhibition proposes a coexistence of different paths, reflecting the heterogeneity of the artistic proposal: the visitor is constantly asked to make a choice, to define his own point of observation.
At the entrance of the exhibition, the audience is in front of a large curtain composed of several layers, an emotional filter to cross and advance in the maze of the proposed routes: Disobedience, Lightspeed and Total Recall. A fourth route, Retromania, is located in one of the two mezzanines.
A large 24-meters-long ramp in the central nave of the pavilion divides the exhibition space into three distinct paths. The side walls, with even heights, accompany the visitor and let him “emerge” to gain an overview, and then make him literally slide once again into the maze below. The structure of the ramp, with its continuous sides, becomes a great multiplier of spaces. Around it artist installations, resting places and interactive folies are arranged.
The exhibit layout starts from an ideal grid of 1.5×1.5 meters: from this module we’ve designed and disposed a system of free hanging figures which delimit the artist’s “rooms”, and in some cases coincide directly with the exhibited works. The exhibition has freedom and visual autonomy, while entering the dense mesh of beams and pillars in cast iron that characterizes the spaces of Pavilion 9b of Mattatoio in Rome.
The open floor plan of the pavilion is fragmented into a sequence of different spaces: one after the other, they offer multiple visual and sensorial experiences, from which the visitor will draw different inputs and memories. The immersive environments and the the free choice of the exhibition itinerary are both curatorial choices that invite you to get lost, to retrace your steps, even to cover the path more than once: the itinerary is subjective and, differently from the classic labyrinth, there’s not a right choice, which leads to a static center, but only different scenarios, dynamics, incompletes, changing and personals.
What legacy will leave Heritage?
april - may 2018
Mattatoio Testaccio, Roma
Alberto Blasetti, Matteo Lippera
Azienda Speciale PALAEXPO, MATTATOIO, Roma Capitale, Regione Lazio