Intriguing and complex, Mostro constitutes an 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” (Monster), 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, we wonder whether certain ruins can foreshadow 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 places an abandoned building within a media environment, giving new life to a structure deprived of its functionality and, for the most part, never really known, giving it a unique artistic value. In other words, her work is similar to a theatrical performance, in which a stage 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).