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Il Terzo Reich / The Third Reich

By Romeo Castellucci. Santiago a MIl 2022

Italian master Romeo Castellucci offers a provocative video installation that places spectators under a true dictatorship of words.  

What would happen if a giant screen suddenly projected all the nouns that exist in the Spanish language in an unrelenting burst of words, all under the gaze of the person standing in front of it?

Il Terzo Reich, the latest creation by Italian master Romeo Castellucci, is a video installation based on a ghostly representation of every noun; an almost infinite set of letters that together evoke the memory of a concept. Soon, the speed of the words is such that our eyes can barely make each of them out. Our vision is restricted, until we reach a turning point where a fusion occurs, just before we lose control of our understanding. In the blinking that results, we can no longer make out individual words.

Faced with the extremes that this frenzied series of words creates, some of them leave their mark on the spectator’s visual cortex, although the vast majority are lost.  Defenseless, people therefore start to consider human words as a matter of quantity. Not what, but how many? This furious load of nouns leaves no room for choice or judgement. The heart of language becomes white noise, leading to chaos.

Advisory: This installation includes loud music and high-frequency images that are not suitable for people with epilepsy or who are sensitive to light | it is possible to both enter and leave the venue while the video is being shown.

Romeo Castellucci

A holistic creator takes to the stage
Director and set, costume and lighting designer Romeo Castellucci is known worldwide for creating theater based on the arts as a whole, providing a complete vision of the work in question. His theater suggests something that voids the supremacy of literature, turning the stage into a complex form of art, made up of extraordinarily abundant images and expressed through understandable styles such as music, sculpture, painting and architecture. His productions have been put on at some of the world’s most important theaters. He has directed the theater section of the Venice Biennale and been an associated artist at the Festival d’Avignon and a guest director at the Berlin Schaubhüne. This year, he directed Don Giovanni by Mozart in Salzburg and premiered the play Bros in Lugano.

Cast and crew

Created by: Romeo Castellucci | Sound: Scott Gibbons | Video: Luca Mattei | In collaboration with: Giulia Colla | IT consultant: Alessandro Colla | Choreographed and performed by: Gloria Dorliguzzo | Produced by: Socìetas | Photography: Lorenza Daverio.

January 11 to 23 | 2021
Tuesday to Sunday | 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
*From January 11-13, this video installation will be shown at 13:30, 15:30, 17:30 p.m.
Pacífico Hall | Level -3
Free admission | Limited capacity

MOBILITY PASS | Attendees older than 15 years of age must present their mobility pass at the entrance to the cultural centre in accordance with current health regulations. People without a mobility pass will only be able to attend on Tuesdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and on Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. All of the above in accordance with the provisions of the health authority within the framework of the Step by Step plan.

© Lorenza Daverio – Triennale di Milano