In the 1920s and ’30s Italy experienced a massive construction boom that included urban renewal projects as well as the construction or rennovation of roads, schools, hospitals, and the facilities of political party assocations, to name but a few examples. In principle, the whole country was furnished anew – for a totalitarian society.
Today these buildings have been relieved of their ideological meaning, but not their function. They are still post offices, railway stations, kindergartens, or ministries. Where do the old political connotations go in a post-Fascist society?
Are the signs still exactly the same, are only their referents the same, or do they mean something entirely different, or have they become empty and (once again) arbitrary? Of course they have always been arbitrarily assigned anyway.
“Future History” is an investigation of their form as well as their use in politics.
Supported by the federal programme Neustart Kultur.