A L V E A R E
P H O T O G R A P H Y : M A T T H I A S H E I D E R I C H
M U S I C : A N D R E A B E L F I
J A N U A R Y 23 R D, 2 0 1 7
"Alveare" is a journey across and around man-made cement beehives - the legacy of a group of visionary architects. Their playground: post-war Italy. Their vision: affordable dwelling designed to meet as many human needs as possible. A superficial look at these architectural reveries decades later might bring to mind terms such as "excessiveness" and "megalomania". But these massive edifices are prototypes of a city of the future – an urbanized future that was yet to be shaped by bold ideas and dreams. Meandering across the endless corridors of Nuovo Corviale or Rozzol Melara is like a surrealist hike through the realities of thousands of inhabitants of a beehive. And although the walls are made from rigid concrete, they have an organic feel to them. Facades move, shapes shift. Human demands are stronger than concrete and nature will always find a way."Alveare" is a look at drawing board visions cast into concrete and their human adjustments.
Berlin-based photographer Matthias Heiderich is a urban landscapes explorator who plays with lines and colors to give his own vision of the cities, a new perspective on the architecture photography. And certainly, more than all, a regard on the human.
"For a hundred years, architecture has been recognized as an undisputable trademark of German photography (…) Matthias Heiderich’s photos are not the exceptions to the rule. The influence of the German tradition is omnipresent in his work. With the same rigor and pragmatism as the Bechers, Heiderich also creates typologies of industrial buildings and structures. Just like them, he isn’t interested in the human form and yet each of his photos is full of humanity, emphasizing how each building is a product of human mind and skill. " Gwen Lafage
Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer and experimental musician. Through the last twenty years he has developed a unique style of drumming. He has released five solo albums and more than fifty collaborative records on labels such as ROOM40, Miasmah, Häpna, Die Schachtel, Constellation, Blue Chopsticks.
He has collaborated, among others, with Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich, David Grubbs, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, Greg Haines, Circuit des Yeux, Andrea Parkins, Werner Dafeldecker, Erik Skodvin, Stefano Pilia, Aidan Baker, Lori Goldston, BjNilsen.
He has performed at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Cafè Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), GAS festival (Göteborg) and Artplay (Moscow).
He presents on IIKKI his sixth solo albums.
Alveare is their dialog.
Limited edition to 500 copies for the book 500 copies for the vinyl.
Book : hardcover book (30cm x 22 cm),112 pages, 88 photos, printed on
Munken print white paper 150g/m2, logo, slot and brown circle embossed
Vinyl : cutting lacquer, printed on polish paperboard
mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
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