Intriguing and complex, Mostro constitutes a profound exploration of the interactions between users and avatars in the virtual and physical worlds, experimenting with sensations, perceptions and new multimedia technologies. Within an apparently empty space, Mostro reveals its complex essence thanks to Livia’s intervention. This experience transports us directly inside an unfinished architectural building, known as Mostro, located near Bologna. This building, with its fusion of classical and contemporary styles, was erected in 1958 and never completed.
In the context of the artwork, the question arises whether certain ruins can prefigure a possible future or remain simply fascinating and grandiose representations of abandoned dreams, as Marc Augé argues. However, thanks to the reality created by Livia, we find ourselves open to the first hypothesis. The artist not only places an abandoned place within a lived space, but also integrates it into a media environment, breathing new life into a building deprived of its functionality and, for the most part, never really known, giving it a unique artistic value.
Livia’s artistic practice starts from her fascination with construction materials and waste used to create architectural and scenic elements, and develops through the use of new technologies. Through both material and digital manipulation, the artist seeks to alter common perception and explore the relationship between the user and the surrounding or digitally produced reality. In other words, his work is akin to a theatrical performance, in which a scenic space in which body and environment, physical or digital, interact.
Mostro constitutes the first chapter of a continuously updated archive, a mapping of Italian unfinished buildings, making a significant contribution to the theme of Italian ‘eco-monsters’, and highlighting how contemporary technology can bring attention back to these neglected monuments, transforming them into objects of artistic and cultural interest. This opens up a crucial discussion on the importance of preserving not only our traditional architectural heritage, but also these modern ‘monsters’, offering an innovative perspective on their history and possible future.
Livia Ribichini (Rome, *1994) is an artist and set designer. From a background in Scenography (Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, 2017), Livia continued her career by completing a master’s degree in Media, Art, Design and Technology at Hanze University in Groningen (NL) in 2021. She has won several awards, including several solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad. Some of her clients are Rewire Festival (NL), Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin (DE) and National Museum of Science and Technology (IT).