RietveldTV's Approximately Ten Tour #8: La Madre, il Figlio e l’Architetto

Wednesday 23 May at 9pm: Double viewing of ‘La Madre, il Figlio e l’Architetto' (RietveldTV - 2018) + talk with fragments of Noordkamp's yet unfinished film 'Stupendous, Miserable City' at Filmhuis Cavia (van Halstraat 52-I, 1051 HH Amsterdam). Tickets are 3 euros or without charges upon flashing your Rietveld Society Button.

La Madre, il Figlio e l’Architetto (RietveldTV - 2018) is the especially for RietveldTV adapted 12 minute version of the 16 minute film La Madre, il Figlio e l’Architetto (The Mother, the Son and the Architect) from 2012, a film about a church in the form of a sphere in Gibellina, a town in Sicily that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1968 and was reconstructed in the 1980s. Petra Noordkamp came across this church by chance and became intrigued by its remarkable design. Her fascination with this building intensified when she discovered that this church was designed by the influential Italian architect Ludovico Quaroni. He was the father of Emilio Quaroni, a young man with whom Noordkamp had a brief relationship in the 1990s. After the contact with Emilio deteriorated Noordkamp found out in 2001 that Emilio murdered his mother in the same year. The film traces Noordkamp’s investigation into what prompted Emilio to commit this act, but she particularly wants to reveal how the architectural perception of a building is tinted by an event, an encounter some 15 years earlier.

On Wednesday the 23 May at 9pm in Cavia, Noordkamp will show the original long version of this film. Besides La Madre, il Figlio e l’Architetto she will show images of a project she is still working on. Stupendous, Miserable City is the title of a project that she started when she stayed in the project studio of the Mondriaan Fund in Rome. Here she did more research into the work of Ludovico Quaroni and the writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. Noordkamp mostly studied the villages (Borgate) around the Via Casilina in Rome, the poor neighbourhood which formed the backdrop for Pasolini’s first film Accatone. In the early sixties these slums had to make way for a new social housing project called Casilino23, designed by the father and the mother of Emilio, Ludovico Quaroni and Gabriele Esposito. Besides showing images from this project, Noordkamp will also read parts of a text, written on her request for Stupendous Miserable City by the writer Anton Dautzenberg. In this text Noordkamp has an imaginary conversation with Pier Paolo Pasolini while walking through Casilino23.