Spirits of Rome | Fabulae Romanae

Date: 2012
Ref: 7000.02
Materials: Filmed video performance, 29'
Dimensions: HD video projection, 600 x 340cm
Exhibition history: 2012 MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome, Italy
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta, Ermenegildo Zegna, ZegnaArt

The film, Fabulae Romanae portrays a symbolic excursus across the city of Rome through the eyes of ten ethereal ‘spirits’ who draw from archaeological and historical research, and personal observations on the cultural and social map of the city. As the scenario unfolds, the contemporary sentinels silently take over the city of Rome. 

We encounter the Traveler laden down by an accumulation of baggage under the Castel Sant'Angelo bridge and again in the back streets of Trastevere, the former Jewish quarter; the Observer overlooks the panorama of the Sacro Cuore dei Monti and the river banks of the Isola Tiberina; the Tunneler and the Myth Maker are to be found in the grounds of the Roman villa Gregoriana; other mythic characters include, the Flying Man, Chariot Rider, Memory Man, and the Bale Maker. Their overlapping fables are narrated through poetic verse written by Mario Petrucci in English and Italian, and commissioned by the artists specifically for the film.

The sculptures were created by Lucy + Jorge Orta with the collaboration of alumni from London College of Fashion: Chloé Gayet, Mio Jin, Lara Torres, Oliver Ruuger and Sum Yu Li.

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