ROBERT PETTENA

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Il Cardinale, Robert Pettena, 2015, Castello Malaspina, the Eternal Internet Brother/Sisterhood 4

 

Poor little persecuted and tortured Aloisia, whose freedom loving spirit continues to haunt the Malaspina Fosdinovo castle.

She refused to bow down to the rules of the convent and become a nun, although her parents imprisoned her within its walls.

Aloisia clothes her passionate love that she refused to renounce in a cardinal’s red vestments, centuries after her family failed to redeem her

Someone has been moving about in the castle for a long time, talking playfully about the codes of conduct that constricted her,

as though to exorcise the shadowy memory of the unfortunate girl and to return to the so-called friendly network of “the eternal internet brotherhood.”

The coexistence of Institutional container and network content, of signifier and meaning, demonstrate that within real creative coexistence, the instruments and  technology of freedom and the rules/regulations that are imposed cancel each other out in a fraternal dialogue.

It’s an interesting thought, that a historical memory changes continuously as people attempt to reconstruct past events which are obscure and spiral away in the light of past generations. It’s difficult to share every individual experience, often as difficult and unpleasant as jumping off an initial cliff but, like giving birth, the result is often a pleasant surprise. For example the red blood of the bull fight becomes a barbarous sharing between spectator and spectacle.

How can we exorcise a terrifying yet exciting popular custom without cancelling the end result?

Perhaps by sharing something positive, in a safe, neutral environment, using external stimuli to bring about a new consciousness about life experience and past events.