Brutti ma Buoni was screened and performed for the first time at Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne’s ‘Brutalist Block Party’ in a disused warehouse in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. The screening and performance worked together to create a different experience of Brutalism – one that doesn’t ask us what we think or challenge what we know, but rather, asks us to feel Brutalist architecture with our senses.
‘Brutti ma Buoni’ comprised of two works. A short film by U-P and Coco & Maximilian featuring Brutalist buildings and an accompanying sound piece by Speak Percussion. Together they work to observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism. What can we see when we really look at these monolithic structures in detail? What do their rough textures, shadows and unadorned geometries reveal? What might these beasts sound like? Cavernous and vast? Drone-like? Repetitive? Hypnotic? Oppressive, optimistic or sublime?