Il Processo (The Trial), 2011

Il Processo (The Trial, 2010-12) focuses on the “April 7 trial” (1983-84), against the members of the leftist revolutionary movement Autonomia Operaia, which was held in the Aula Bunker in Rome—the high-security courthouse in Foro Italico, and hosted the most important trials of the period known as anni di piombo. Biscotti’s research started in 2006—shortly before the building underwent a major transformation from a court to a sports museum. The installation consists of concrete sculptures made from casts of the architectural features of the courtroom, taken before their demolition. These are accompanied by a six-hour audio edited recording of the “April 7 trial”. Defendants in the court case included the philosophers Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno, and other intellectuals accused of being ideologically and morally responsible for Italian terrorism developed in the late 1970s.
Between 2010 and 2012, there were a series of performances, in different countries, where the audio is simultaneously live-interpreted by a professional translator, so that the historical testimony becomes reactivated through a contemporary voice and body. During the presentation at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012 the installation and the performance were simultaneously shown.

Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012 (ongoing)
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012
sound piece (6 hours, loop), 8 casted sculptures, reinforced concrete, variable
dimensions, performance with simultaneous translator
installation view: dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (DE), 2012
photo: Ela Bialkowska, Okno studio
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012 (ongoing)
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012
sound piece (6 hours, loop), 8 casted sculptures, reinforced concrete, variable
dimensions, performance with simultaneous translator
installation view: dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (DE), 2012
photo: Ela Bialkowska, Okno studio
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012 (ongoing)
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012
sound piece (6 hours, loop), 8 casted sculptures, reinforced concrete, variable
dimensions, performance with simultaneous translator
installation view: dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (DE), 2012
photo: Ela Bialkowska, Okno studio
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
performance with 2 typists and 12 interpreters, May 11-12, 2013
installation: sound piece (6 hours), metal plates, electronic typewriter,
7 silkscreen posters (100 x 70 cm), original courtroom benches and set of keys
collected from the Aula Bunker at Foro Italico in Rome,
video (8'45", b/w, no sound)
installation view: e-flux, New York (US), 2013
photo: Ray Anastas
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
performance with 2 typists and 12 interpreters, May 11-12, 2013
installation: sound piece (6 hours), metal plates, electronic typewriter,
7 silkscreen posters (100 x 70 cm), original courtroom benches and set of keys
collected from the Aula Bunker at Foro Italico in Rome,
video (8'45", b/w, no sound)
installation view: e-flux, New York (US), 2013
photo: Ray Anastas
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2012
Side event of Marrakesh Biennale, 2012
A reading with a translation of the text in Arabic.
Photo: Roy Taylor
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Installation view of performance at the European Culture Congress in Poland, 2011
translation from Italian to Polish
Photo: Marek Kirszenbaum
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
view of the performance in Bologna, Italy 2011 (Furla Prize)
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-ongoing
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2013
View of the performance organized for the Open Studio at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (NL), 2010 with a translation from Italian to Dutch. The translated text was steno typed at the same time.
Photo: Willem Vermaase
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2013
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2013
still from super8 film transferred to video, b/w, no sound, 8'45"
edition of 5 + 2 A/P
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2013
Rossella Biscotti, Il Processo (The Trial), 2010-2013
still from super8 film transferred to video, b/w, no sound, 8'45"
edition of 5 + 2 A/P