|MARCO NERO ROTELLI Mercury house one - Save the poetry
|Italy - Venice
|04/06/2009 - 09/10/2009
|Isola di San Servolo
Piazza Baden Powell
|THE NEW CIVILISATION
In a state of emergency
By Marco Nereo Rotelli
Creating a network of the small islands of the world is the work launched by
Fondazione Mare Nostrum, who promoted the "Poetry Island" project at the 2005
Biennale. With Mercury House One - Save the Poetry, it has come up with a work that
is poised between art and technology, a work of high poetic value, in a
contemporariness in which the values of identity seem to be lost.
In the state of global uncertainty which now touches every man, it is up to art to found
again "the creativity of the individual who creates" (Harald Szeemann) and open up to
unexpected interferences, embodying distant cultures, from the Isle of Failaka to
Easter Island, realities that act almost as a warning to the men of our age.
MercuryHouseOne is a habitable unit designed as a mobile lounge, created
respecting ecological issues. The exterior shell is made from the finest Carrara marble.
The marble is backlit at night, enhancing the form and creating special attention for
evening events. MHO is "designed to lavish emotions and infuse an optimistic view of
the future"(Gualtiero Vanelli), it is an architecture, which integrate functional and
aesthetical considerations, ingeniously designed by Architecture and Vision and
created by GVM, it is capable of "making one feel uncomfortable" with the purity of
its form and "comfortable" with its contents, which are dictated by the defence of
knowledge, sculpted on to the marble of its walls.
So we have to look at the MHO as at a future cave, a guardian of identities. This
reminds us of Kraussĺ warning on the loss of the ancient house of language but the
foreboding, which globalisation has turned into something more real then ever, unveils
a new scenario: the MHO is the new house of language.
Art leaves behind its challenging role and replaces it with the composition, which man
"needs". In this respect, the MHO is a "concept-place", a technological cave for the
man of the future, his knowledge in its DNA.
Save the Poetry, Marco Nereo Rotelliĺs installation, carries ancient languages, from
the mnemonic one of the Rongo Rongo tablets of Easter Island to those of the nomadic
poems of the desert. The fonts used to display these words recall things of the past,
the present and the future; the art of writing is part of everyone's visual culture.
The Mercury House One is therefore a place of thought that contains an asset to be
guarded, such as poetry, not just the metaphor of all the endangered languages, but
a veritable ethical assumption.
This is how one should look at the "Night of light" event, which.