© Simon Perathoner

© Simon Perathoner

GIANNI PETTENA

 

*1940, Bolzano (I)
Lives and works in Florence (I)

B7
About Non Conscious Architecture, 1972/73
Series of photographs
Courtesy of Giovanni Bonelli

 

 

On view in Circolo, there is a series of photographs, About Non-Conscious Architecture, that constitute a sort of catalogue of “works of architecture not made by architects”, discovered in the course of Pettena’s travels in the United States in the early 1970s. The work constitutes a search for a genuine language of architecture; it points out the existence of a “non-conscious” architecture that, by the sole fact of having remained unspoiled or having been constructed in those forms for evident and elementary needs, demands analysis and prompts reflection on the different attitude toward architecture in the European context, or at any rate in that of modern capitalist society. From the mining zone of the Great Salt Lake down to the landscapes of the desert, the wind-formed architecture of Monument Valley, the anarchitect conducts “a journey back to find the threads of a discourse that is no longer very recognizable [because] the harmony, the osmosis with a physical space depends on a multitude of mental habits, or on a disposition that has now been lost.”