I'm part of an art installation taking place this weekend. It's a reenactment of a 1979 trial in Italy. I'm basically the court stenographer. There's two of us; my shifts are 3:00 to 6:00 on Saturday and 12:00 to 3:00 on Sunday.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 11, 6–8pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
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On April 7, 1979, a number of militants and intellectuals, formerly members of Potere Operaio (Workers Power) and Autonomia Operaia, were arrested across Italy on charges of terrorism. They were accused of being leaders of the armed organization the Red Brigades, and for the kidnap and execution of Aldo Moro. Evidence to support the prosecution was, and remains unfounded, yet the majority of the prosecuted were held in preventative prison from 1979 until the trial’s close in 1984. It is this 1982–84 trial that artist Rossella Biscotti takes as her point of departure for the performance and exhibition The Trial at e-flux.
The core of The Trial is a six-hour audio edit of the original courtroom recordings. Initiating the show on May 11 and 12 is a two-day simultaneous live translation of this sound piece from Italian to English. The act of translation is central to the exhibition, as both a transferral and an embodiment of the historical trial’s language within the present time.