The images are inspired by the Republic of Rose Island, a short lived micro-nation based in the Adriatic Sea, which story has often been used as an example of real utopia.
In 1968 the Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa constructed a 400 sqm artificial platform, 11 km off the coast of the province of Rimini, and declared its independence under the Esperanto name “Insulo de la Rozoj”. After few months, the Italian government took over and on 13 February 1969 destroyed the platform with explosives.
Who influences you graphically?
I try to keep my graphic approach as spontaneous as possible, somewhere between architecture and illustration. I think that today, a big part of the inspiration involved in the creation of an image comes necessarily from the internet maze and the subjective and subconscious interpretation of small details that belong to our daily reality. What i find inspiring are images that communicate a specific atmosphere as smoothly as a short novel would; the most direct visual references are contemporary architectural practices like DOGMA, Point Supreme, OMXX, 2A+P/A, the drawings of Franco Purini , Aldo Cibic, Nathalie du Pasquier, various artists from Dino Buzzati to ÅYR and many others.
What prompted the project?
I find the curious story of the micro nation fascinating and a great starting point for multiple reflections; this artificial island, within its short-life glory and its inevitable failure, was one of the closest realisation of an utopia. The discovery of this eccentric event made me think about how we perceive dreams, romance, nostalgia, technology and loneliness in our times.
What was the intention when redrawing this situation?
The series of images narrate a re-interpretation that wants to get a glimpse of new meanings and fit multiple scenarios, starting from the given one. The main purpose was to create a feeling of uncertainty to the viewer, introducing him into an artificial arcadian landscape which contains an oxymoron and that can be interpreted in one’s personal way.
What defined the series of views and images through which you explore the speculation?
If “no man is an island” then an artificial archipelago is one of the best archetype of utopian community; made of loner individuals, it looks like a heaven and a jail at the same time. Therefore, “zooming” into it was the most suitable structure for the narration, giving the gradual change of scale and the possibility to keep some details as a reference and a connection between the frames. Assembling a post digital image needs a totally different procedure than creating a realistic render, and many details come up within the procedure itself. In this specific project, this happened a lot. Through the presence of specific symbolic objects, the architectural elements became almost secondary, which is a freedom not given in any academic project.
Are you interested in exploring situations like this further?
Probably yes; I find the impact of technology in our society very interesting and it’s fascinating to explore how architecture deals with this aspect of our reality.
What is your take on the architectural montage?
To add an artistic sensation to architecture is something that today we need more than ever, and the post digital is the new generation manifesto of this need. It is a statement for the impossibility and non-essentiality of seeking reality, a reaction to the technology rise of the past decades and a push to use our imagination.
What is your take on the contemporary appropriation of images as those of Rousseau, Hopper, Hockney amongst others?
The appropriation of elements from paintings is an important tool in order to bring to surface the atmosphere of a place in an image. They are way richer, aesthetically and emotionally, than software-produced images. They have the ability to capture time, creating a neat line between reality and representation, and they are very helpful in order to emphasize all the possible stories behind a space.