Riccardo Giacconi

The Variational Status

The Variational Status is an investigation on the status of documents, on how stories are traversed by different social and political currents, on connections between solitary and inarticulate acts of resistance and out-dated modalities of transmission. In these overlooked and disregarded stories, a pre-political tension can be identified through the study of non-official documents, narrative variations, legends, folk traditions, traces and clues, rather than historiographical constructions.

Three figures serve as case studies: the disappearance of assassin Simone Pianetti, the amnesia of anarchist Augusto Masetti and the mysterious origins of a Colombian puppet character, el espiritado. Be it through puppet shows, cantastorie, detective novels, fogli volanti or anarchist pamphlets, The Variational Status presents such stories as intrinsically not separable from their modalities of transmission.

The book was published on the occasion of the project The Variational Status, commissioned and presented by ar/ge kunst (Bolzano) Centrale Fies (Dro) and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims).

Texts: Andrea Cavalletti, Andrea Morbio, Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi, Antoine Marchand, Frans-Willem Korsten

Edited by Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi

Design by Bianca Fabbri

Published by Humboldt Books

16,5 x 22 cm | 80 pages, color | Paperback
English, Italian, German, French
ISBN 978-88-99385-25-5

– The Variational Status. Notes around the assassin Simone Pianetti (1858 - ?)

– Conversation with Andrea Cavalletti