Project series documents Poli's design and development work on the Supersurface project created with Superstudio in 1972. Part of Superstudio's project, "Five Fundamental Acts: Life, Education, Ceremony, Love and Death", included films created on each theme, Supersurface was the first in the series ("Life"), and was shown at the 1972 exhibition "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Achievements and Problems in Italian Design" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The final film had a running time of 15 minutes and was shot in colour on 16 mm film.
Material predominantly includes project drawings, collages and sketches, along with a textual and drawn storyboard for the film. The storyboard was sent in a folder made by Poli, which has been retained as part of the fonds. Material in the folder has been kept in the order in which Poli transferred it. Of note are also 3 larger drawings, one of which is a collage of photos featuring Poli, and another is an immense brightly-coloured collage of a young woman on the edge of a sea with a machine floating beaming down on her. These drawings have been signed Alessandro Poli-Superstudio. Also included is a copy of "L'Espresso" magazine dated 4 June 1972 (no. 23), featuring Umberto Eco's article "Dal cucchiaio alla città".
Title: Notes, sketches, and reprographic copies, Supersurface
Dates of creation: 1972
Form: drawings, textual records, photographs
Catalogued items within this file 40
Alessandro Poli (archive creator)
70 pages drawings and texts, with graphic materials interspersed throughout. Some textual documents are copies. Material in has been kept in the order in which Poli transferred it to the CCA, and was stored in 7 folders that reflect the divisions he created within the material. Includes materials for the film "Supersuperficie - Vita."
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Extent and Medium:
57 drawings, 5 photographs
Group separated in 7 folders.
Alessandro Poli fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Alessandro Poli/
Gift of Alessandro Poli