Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Rotor, BE

Environmental intervention, mixed media installation at Pizzo Sella

40 years ago Pizzo Sella, the central hill of Monte Gallo north of Palermo, was subject to illegal housing projects overseen by the Mafia. After a period of hastily approved building permits, lawsuits and aborted construction projects, the hill became the exemplification of real estate corruption. Against this background the Belgian cooperative Rotor turned a remote concrete structure in the development into an observatory with a breathtaking panoramic view of the cliff, the sea and the city. This intervention provided a new perspective on the the landscape, the city and its history.