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I collect therefore I am! Two films that explore the human, social and cultural value of archives, museums and private collections
Francesca Molteni's film explores the aesthetic, social and cultural value of corporate archives and, beyond private institutions, also public museums, which were developed, as London-based architect and exhibiton designer Mirko Cerami explains, alongside the development of public parks; both conceived as adding intrinsic value to the lives of a city's citizens. How might a company archive, private or public museum be set up today? What values should it seek to transmit, what tools and language might it employ to appeal to a contemporary, global public? Molteni assembles a range of voices to explore these ideas, from museum directors and curators to architects, designers, artists, musicians and cultural commentators such as erudite Paolo Sorrentino regular, actor Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty, Il divo).
NewMuseum(s) screens with short film Pianeta Rota (2021).
Renowned Italian architect – and self-confessed hoarder – Italo Rota has been collecting objects, "expressions of the city and urban development", all his life. Beginning his professional career as an editor and graphic designer, his trips to cities such as Zurich, Amsterdam and London as a younger man honed his instinct for collecting. Decades later, his collection includes an unspecified number of pieces. Rota himself doesn't know precisely how many items he owns but estimates his collection numbers over one hundred thousand objects. Among these are books, pop culture esoterica, rare works of art and a range of toys 'designed by architects and scientists', accumulated over many years and stored in archive boxes Rota categorises with Warholian glee. Eleonora Mastropietro visits Rota at home in Milan where Rota acts as our guide ahead of a selection of objects from Rota's collection being exhibited in Lucca as part of the 'Pianeta città' exhibition organised by the Ragghianti Foundation.
Eleonora Mastropietro | 2021 | Italy | Italian with English subtitles | DCP | 19 min
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