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Performance Fotofosforescente [Performance Phosphorescent] (1977)

Performance Fotofosforescente [Performance Phosphorescent] (1977)

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People

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

Title

Performance Fotofosforescente [Performance Phosphorescent] (1977)

Dates of creation

circa 1977-2015

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 8 digital files (11 MB)
  • 5 photographic materials
  • 3 drawings
  • 2 textual documents

Scope and Content

The project series documents the performance "Performance Fotofosforescente" carried out at the Palazzo Grassi, in Venice, for the International Festival "The Art of Performance" in 1977. The performance consisted of a phosphorescent figure descending the grand staircase of the main entrance to the courtyard of the Palazzo Grassi, crossing the atrium through the audience, and heading down the steps towards the Grand Canal to finally disappear into the water. The performer is holding in his hands a three-dimensional phosphorescent Escher cube, the only source of light while the courtyard is in almost total darkness. "The evocative setting, the music, the darkness and this moving light produced an effect of “working” of the space, somewhere between the real and the imaginary [...]." [1]

The project series contains a draft and a more final storyboard of the performance, Pettena's handwritten notes, and photographs of the performance at the Palazzo Grassi.

Source:

[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/perf-phorsphorescent-1977/ (last accessed 12 November 2019)

Reference Number

AP207.S1.1977.PR01

Location

Venice Italy

Language of material

English, Italian

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1977.PR01.001
    • Title: Storyboard, Performance Fotofosforescente
    • Dates of creation: circa 1977
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 35 x 48.5 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:

    207-001-019

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1977.PR01.002
    • Title: Storyboard, notes and photographs of the performance, Performance Fotofosforescente
    • Dates of creation: circa 1977
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

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

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 30 x 21.5 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:

    207-005-032

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1977.PR01.003
    • Title: Photographs of the performance and project description, Performance Fotofosforecente
    • Dates of creation: 2010 - 2015
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (architect)

    Description:

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

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 digital files (11 MB)

    Location:

    Italy

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