‘Piranesi’s Campo Marzio’ by Stanley Allen

‘Piranesi’s Campo Marzio’ by Stanley Allen | 1989

Piranesi’s Campo Marzio: An Experimental Design

Black ink and photocopy on Mylar.

“This project intends an excavation – though drawing and writing – of the “negative utopia” drawn by Piranesi for the Campo Marzio of Rome. I have conceived of Piranesi’s large plan (the grande pianta) as a site to be colonized, covered over and modified, as when a building is erected on ruins. My attempt is to uncover and articulate the surplus residue of meaning that confirms the inexhaustibility of a work architecture. This process of rereading establishes a relationship parallel to that which Piranesi maintained toward his own (archeological) sources: dreamlike, inventive and improvisational.” in Stanley Allen, ‘Piranesi’s Campo Marzio: An Experimental Design.’

—in Assemblage 10. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1989, p.72.