ROCK ‘EM SOCK ‘EM!

Collage 50×50 cm, presented at “Forward to the Past”, curated by Sinestetica and Anna Riciputo; as part of the review “Rotte in diagonale. Towards the Eighties and back”. 

 

Project team: Gabriele Corbo, Jacopo Costanzo, Valeria Guerrisi

Collaborators: Dor Cohen, Angela Tanzola

 

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em!_WAR, 2018

Boxing preserves a different appeal, like cycling, the marathon. Some sports disciplines have become, in some precious cases, heroic modern narratives. Men in Bermuda shorts, with colorful T-shirts and bandanas or baseball caps. Men on the march, hanging in the balance on the pedals or inside a ring.

The meeting we are describing took place in the “Tawaraya Ring”, designed by Masanori Umeda for the visionary Memphis group. A design element intended as a bed, sofa or tatami for the tea ceremony. A paradigmatic symbol for Memphis: their famous group photo was taken above it.

In the middle, in the spotlight, it tells of an epic clash between two opposing and complementary visions, which in the Eighties challenged each other openly, in what can be considered a cultured season for architecture: “still highly intellectualized and bearer of a theoretical vision “.

In the background, an audience of outcasts, smoky, noir, screams: “Rock ‘Em Sock’ Em”!