Testacoda [Back to Surface] (2013)

Testacoda [Back to Surface] (2013)

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


Testacoda [Back to Surface] (2013)

Dates of creation

circa 2013

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 1 photograph

Scope and Content

The project series documents the digitally created performance "Testacoda" by Pettena in 2013. The performance consists of a photograph of Pettena swimming to which he added the tail of a dolphin. This performance refers to "Il Mestiere Dell'Architetto" (2002) showing the difficulties and possible impasses of the work of the architect. "However, the ‘swimmer’ must still keep his head well up, as a symbol of rationality, and look with all his attention but, when he decides, he can give himself up to emotion through the wriggles of his tail." [1]

The project series contains a printed photograph of the digital performance.


[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/perf-back-to-surface-2013/ (last accessed 28 January 2020)

Reference Number



Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.



Language of material

English, Italian

Related units of description

  • For more material related to Pettena's project "Il Mestiere Dell'Architetto" (2002), see AP207.S1.2002.PR01.


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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.2013.PR02.001
    • Title: Photograph of the performance, Testacoda
    • Dates of creation: circa 2013
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


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

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph

    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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