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The politics of vibrant matter: consistency, containment and the concrete of Mussolini’s bunker

Bartolini, Nadia (2015). The politics of vibrant matter: consistency, containment and the concrete of Mussolini’s bunker. Journal of Material Culture, 20(2) pp. 191–210.

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Abstract

This article explores the idea of how vibrancy can be produced. Specifically, the attempt is to investigate the multiplicities of vibrancy by considering one of Mussolini’s bunkers. The author examines the location of the bunker in the EUR (Esposizione Universale Romana) neighbourhood in Rome, the bunker’s materiality, and the context and social meaning of the bunker through a contemporary art exhibition called ‘Confronti’ (Confrontations) that took place in the bunker in 2009. The article argues that while emphasizing matter’s inherent vibrancy may be useful in some cases, there is also merit in further unpacking the ways in which vibrancy is produced. In this example, the concrete bunker expresses vibrancy through the processes involved in the emergent material form, and in the sustained politics and social considerations embedded in valuing tangible urban heritage.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1460-3586
Keywords: bunker; concrete; fascism; Rome; vibrancy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 42525
Depositing User: Nadia Bartolini
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 11:00
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 15:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42525
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