Future Archeology, 2011

Armin Linke and Francesco Mattuzzi
Future Archeology, 2011
Documentary film
Installation view
Photo by Plamen Galabov


Whatever trajectory the conflict about Palestine takes, the possibility of an evacuation of the Israeli colonies and the military bases has to be taken into consideration. These areas, although among the most brutal in forms of domination, are a laboratory in which we could imagine a new use for the architecture of occupation at the moment of liberation.

The questions regarding their re-appropriation do not only pertain to the technical vocabulary of architecture and planning, but in an inclusive process that uses architecture in its extended meaning. The project of a 3D (stereoscopic) film by Armin Linke and Francesco Mattuzzi completed with the visual effects created by Francesco Siddi refers to the 19th century invention of stereoscopic technology, developed precisely for archaeological and military purposes. The entire film becomes a sort of magic box in which the gaze travels across a surreal world possibly facing a moment of radical transformation.

At the same time, the film is a document of a specific site in a specific period, where stereoscopic vision lingers over the banality of everyday life, revealing and unveiling the violence and drama of occupation. Images and soundscape created by Renato Rinaldi, are accompanied by stories. These narratives make the landscape (and the imagination related to it) readable, recreating a dimension of lived places.

Documentary film by Armin Linke and Francesco Mattuzzi as part of DAAR. Visual Effects: Francesco Siddi, Sound Design: Renato Rinaldi. Co-produced by Sharjah Art Foundation


This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10


Visual effects by Francesco Siddi
Sound design by Renato Rinaldi


Future Archeology

Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR)

Through their work as co-directors of DAAR, architects Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti combine conceptual speculations and architectural interventions to subvert, reuse, profane and recycle the existing infrastructure of colonial occupation.