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Io Sono La Spia [I am the Spy] (1973)

Io Sono La Spia [I am the Spy] (1973)

Part of

People

  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Title

Io Sono La Spia [I am the Spy] (1973)

Dates of creation

1973-2015

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 8 digital files (19 MB)
  • 4 photographic materials
  • 2 textual documents

Scope and Content

The project series documents the performance "Io Sono La Spia". It consists of a group of photographs of the founders of Global Tools taken in 1973, in Milan, in which Pettena identifies himself as "the spy" by holding a sign that reads "Io Sono La Spia" [I am the Spy]. Global Tools, was a multidisciplinary program of workshops used to promote different tools and materials in architecture and represented the peak in the radical movement in Italy. By identifying himself as "the spy", Pettena "claimed to be a betraying architect and he stated his own 'diversity' by calling into question his identified role as a 'radical architect'." [1]

The project series contains the sign with the words "Io Sono La Spia" and photographs of the Global Tools team, including a photograph showing Pettena holding the sign "Io Sono La Spia".

Source:

[1] Marco Scotini, editor. Non-conscious architecture: Gianni Pettena, Sternberg Press, 2018, 235 pages. p. 184.

Reference Number

AP207.S1.1973.PR02

Location

Milan Italy

Language of material

English, Italian

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1973.PR02.001
    • Title: "Io Sono La Spia" sign and photographs of the Global Tools team
    • Dates of creation: circa 1973
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (artist)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph
    • 1 textual document

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 24 x 31 cm sheet (largest): 30.5 x 40.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

    Folder Number:

    207-001-016

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1973.PR02.002
    • Title: Photocopy of the cover of "Casabella" serial showing Global Tools team and photographs, Io Sono La Spia
    • Dates of creation: 1973
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (artist)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 slides
    • 1 textual document

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

    Folder Number:

    207-005-027

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1973.PR02.003
    • Title: Digitized “Io Sono La Spia” sign, photographs of the Global Tools team, and project description, Io Sono La Spia
    • Dates of creation: 2006 - 2015
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)

    Description:

    Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Microsoft Word for Windows, Windows Bitmap

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 8 digital files (19 MB)

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

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