“dove è la città?” “where is the city?”

Jungle Junction

This is a very elastic project which can expand or contract to fill the space available. The installation contributes an ecological element to some areas of the space. People so- metimes need green plants around them: branches of the nut tree provide a good, versatile, elastic material for the construction of a public drinking place, and involve the public in a green spot. The drinks, made from organic fruits and vegetables and alcoholic cocktails, highlight the contradictions between wanting to live a healthy life and wanting to have fun.
Jungle Junction
Jungle Junction

Jungle Junction

Torness 1979

Many years ago, in 1978 and 1979, young people from all over Britain went to Torness in Scotland to protest against the building of a nuclear power station. They did not want the land and sea to be polluted by radioactivity and they did not want to leave a legacy of radioactive waste for Scottish children and grandchildren. So they occupied the proposed site, planted flowers in the form of slogans, planted trees, built miniature windmills and danced with their children. At the time the protestors did not realise that they were creating installations and performances that reflected ecological themes. Robert Pettena used the film to recreate the story of the occupation, adding recent footage that contrasts the nuclear option with alternative energy sources. This film remains as a record, an example for those members of the next generation who know how to make connections between current and past events.

Torness 1979, frames of the protestors

Torness 1979, video projection

Torness Now

Geomagnetic Rush

A few years ago the geomagnetic pole moved a few degrees, which had
the effect of disorienting many species of birds, mammals and fish, who
lost their way and in some cases died. Thousands of creatures perished as
a result of this geomagnetic shift.

The video shows the horizontal movements of the boats across the
bay and the vertical and circular movements of the fairground, to the
accompaniment of the shrieks and screams of the children. Everyone
is oblivious of the geomagnetic shift. Two utterly different realities are
occurring simultaneously. The video was shot in Stockholm.

Geomagnetic Rush, photo
Geomagnetic Rush, video installation

Sound of noise

In occasione della notte blu a Firenze, sabato 7 maggio, Robert Pettena come estensione della sua partecipazione alla mostra dal titolo “Dove è la città? Where is the city?”, a cura di Lorenzo Bruni, ha diretto la parte musicale dell’ happeningper il Festival d’Europa. Un gruppo di batteristi e percussionisti coinvolti con il passaparola, hanno occupato con i loro strumenti via Martelli, accando al Battistero, dando vita a un happening.

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