Unidentified Flying Object for Contemporary Architecture: UFO’s Experiments Between Political Activism and Artistic Avant-garde

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Beatrice Lampariello, Andrea Anselmo, Boris Hamzeian
Actar D, Inc., 18 ott 2022 - 336 pagine
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The first monographic publication focused on the Florentine UFO group (1968-1978), that conducts a historical analysis of its work, reveals its close relationship with the contemporary artistic, literary and architectural avant-garde and, finally, investigates its legacy for the contemporary project. 

The contemporary context is defined by a unique conjuncture. On one hand, we witness the revival of the Radical Architecture that from the avant-garde experiments of the origins recovers creative processes and iconographic fragments while nullifying the original ideological and political values. On the other hand, we see social protests in defense of fundamental rights of democracy, as in 1968. With these premises, Architecture is now reinvestigating those ephemeral experiments that have endured half a century as new “stone monuments” capable of indicating new perspectives for both research and design. 

Placing UFO group, one of the authors of those still poorly known “monuments”, at the core of the contemporary debate means investigating their formal and seductive aspects, but also the ideological, political and social values with which objects, installations and happenings have been innervated, transforming them into devices of an architecture nourished by literature, art and political commitment for the foundation of an eloquent and activist project even more radical than the well-known Superstudio and Archizoom. The collaboration between Beatrice Lampariello, an architecture historian specialized in the 1960s and 1970s, and False Mirror Office, a group of historians and designers engaged in the rediscovery of UFO group, lead to a monograph focused on the UFO’s work and an evaluation of their legacy relative to contemporary architecture. 

This monograph is composed of three sections: 1) History, a first-ever study of UFO by False Mirror Office via analysis of all archival and bibliographic sources, as well as a series of interviews with UFO members and a collection of its writings (published and unpublished), for the first time translated into English; 2) Context, composed of essays by historians and architectural theorists (Beatrice Lampariello, Simon Sadler, Anna Rosellini, Giovanni Galli, Jacopo Galimberti) intended to place UFO’s work in the context of the avant-garde that influenced its work, from the experience of Florentine Radical Architecture to Umberto Eco’s theories on semiotics and the American experiences between Pop Art, Video Art and Happening; 3) Legacy, articulated through graphic contribution and essays by young designers, as False Mirror Office, Parasite 2.0, Point Supreme, Jimenez Lai, Andrew Kovacs, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Traumnovelle, (ab)Normal and Peter Behrbohm, to investigate UFO’s legacy relative to the contemporary revival of the most distinguishing creative processes and obsessions that shaped the so-called Radical Architecture. 

Contributions by: Beatrice Lampariello, Boris Hamzeian and Andrea Anselmo (False Mirror Office), Gloria Castellini (False Mirror Office), Simon Sadler, Anna Rosellini, Giovanni Galli, Jacopo Galimberti, Filippo Fanciotti and Giovanni Glorialanza (False Mirror Office), Parasite 2.0, Point Supreme, Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular), Andrew Kovacs, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Traumnovelle, (ab)Normal, Peter Behrbohm

 

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HISTORY
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the Politics of Archizoom Superstudio and
86
UFOs Constructed Situations 19681975
102
UFO and the Artistic Avantgardes of the Sixties
118
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120
Terrorism and Liberation of the City
128
Paramount
287
12
289
Questionnaire
291
The Giro dItalia
297
The UFOs Provocation
299
Coccoina
301
Nondesign From the Object to Survival
305
UFOs Response to ins Questionnaire
309

The Voice of the City
152
The Radical Sensuality of Colour
166
Welcome to UFOland
174
Five Practice Points
182
Alles Ist Fiktion
194
Zoom of a Zoom of a Zoom
206
A N A N A
214
Scale Displace Replicate
226
Carpets as Environments
234
Section at the 14th Milan Triennale
253
Chicken Circus Circulation or Happenvironment
271
or Superurbeffimero
272
no 7
275
Manifest of the Discontinous
277
A Letter from the UFOs to Domus
281
Album of Prophecies
283
Bureaucracy Architecture
312
A Fourway Conversation on Global Tools
315
Industrial Production and Individual Creativity on the Problems of the Faculty of Architecture
321
Umberto Eco Segno
323
John A Walker Glossary of Art Architecture Since 1945
325
Paola Navone and Bruno Orlandoni Architettura radicale La neoavanguardia italiana dellarchitettura e del design dal 1960 ad oggi
333
Notes for a Redefinition of the Concept of Fantaurbanistica
335
Monster
341
The Historical Object Reproducible ad Infinitum
343
UFO Discontinuity and Territory
347
Zona Film
351
Long Live Radical Architecture
353
Bruno Orlandoni
357
Its Time for Architecture
359
UFO Performance and Design and Giorgio Vallino Dalla città al cucchiaio
365
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Beatrice Lampariello, architect and professor of History of Architecture at the Université Catholique de Louvain, BE

Anna Rosellini, professor of History of Architecture at the University of Bologna, IT, and Ecole d’architecture de la ville & des territoires Paris-Est, FR

False Mirror Office (Andrea Anselmo, Gloria Castellini, Filippo Fanciotti, Giovanni Glorialanza, Boris Hamzeian), design and research group, Genoa, Lausanne, Brussels, IT, CH, BE

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