Volubilis BY Roberto Sironi
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The anthropologist Marc Augè wrote in Le temps en ruines, 2003: “Their incompleteness contains a promise. The feeling of passing time […] a sense of time that is even more stimulating and exciting because it is irreducible to history, awareness of lack, expression of absence, pure desire”.
Ruins by Roberto Sironi is a series of works that re-signify architectural fragments belonging to different historical periods and great archaeological sites, modelling the forms according to new aesthetic representations. The project relates constructive elements of the classical era, such as bases of columns, capitals, sections of an amphitheatre, with rudiments of the industrial era, such as the double-T beams and the reticular structural elements. Parts belonging to the industrial era are transposed into bronze. Elements referring to the classical era are made in Marmo Artificiale di Rima, a simulation of natural marble.
Roberto Sironi elaborates on the concept of ruins according to a new perspective. Conceived as contemporary ruins, imaginary simulacra and/or programmed artifices – the materials and techniques of execution do not correspond to the original. The work shows how different fragments of architectural remains can be overlaid and re-signified, resetting the temporal distances and suspending the notion time.
Roberto Sironi is an Italian designer, who graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in Industrial Design. Roberto considers each project as a story, developed through research that involves different aspects, from rituals and anthropological references to historical memory, designing with a contemporary approach always appropriate to the context. Each project is considered a journey, enriched by new discoveries made and people met along the way. His early work investigated Italian traditions and was critically acclaimed.