Marco Scotini

  • Non-Conscious Architecture

    Non-Conscious Architecture

    Gianni Pettena and Marco Scotini

    This publication surveys the work of Italian critic, architect, and visual artist Gianni Pettena. Focusing on a rich ten-year period of production that began in the mid-sixties, it brings new attention to the artistic and intellectual practice of a figure known primarily as one of the main exponents of the Radical Architecture movement. International curators and writers consider a span of projects about landscape and the built form as well as objects and works documenting Pettena's interests in labor, temporality, action, and the event. Published on the occasion of the exhibition “About Non-Conscious Architecture” at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, 2017, the book also contains a republished conversation between Pettena and artist Robert Smithson and an illustrated index detailing the trajectory of Pettena's body of work and research.

    Copublished with Galleria Giovanni Bonelli

    Contributors Pierre Bal-Blanc, Adam Budak, Luca Cerizza, Émile Ouroumov, Marco Scotini, Elisabetta Trincherini

    • Paperback $28.00
  • Albanian Trilogy

    Albanian Trilogy

    A Series of Devious Stratagems

    Armando Lulaj and Marco Scotini

    This catalogue-reader accompanies Armando Lulaj's project for the 56th Venice Biennale. Curated by Marco Scotini, Lulaj's exhibition in the Albanian Pavilion is a time capsule of the country's past, presenting strange memorabilia and trophies that tread the line between fact and fiction. Combining evocation and documentation, Lulaj concentrates on a historic-political phase that was extremely important for building an identity that was not just Albanian but also international. On display are three videos and archival materials, as well as an enormous whale's skeleton, which is both protagonist and silent witness—an incarnation of the giant Leviathan, the Hobbesian principle of sovereignty. Parallel to the exhibition, this collection of essays, film stills, and original and archival photographs ruminates on communism's mechanisms of power and socializing myths through the lens of Albania's geopolitical situation. The publication in turn offers another process of mythologizing.

    Curator Marco Scotini's essay overviews Lulaj's political task and his use of unusual emblematic forms to represent one of the most internationally isolated political states of former Eastern Europe. Historian Elidor Mëhilli's text offers a history of the Communist Party of Albania, acknowledging that the mechanism of propaganda worked best when it did not entirely erase the record, but selectively altered it. Boris Groys further enriches the discussion by expanding the relationship of the Albanian Trilogy to the local situation of Albania to view the communist project as a model for society very much cultivated in relation to the outside world, the “West,” as another mythology. A conversation between Hou Hanru and Armando Lulaj, along with Edi Muki's reading of the trilogy, focuses on the methods of historical reconstruction as cross-disciplinary and located between the role of the artist and the social archaeologist. A film analysis by Jonida Gashi examines the three works through Lulaj's focus on the unseen figure as way of critiquing the production of the social body—the extras in cinema being analogous to the people in history.

    Contributors Jonida Gashi, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Armando Lulaj, Elidor Mëhilli, Edi Muka, Marco Scotini

    • Hardcover $29.95