The paradox of ‘Incompiuto Siciliano Archaeological Park’ or how to mock heritage to make heritage

Arboleda, P. (2017) The paradox of ‘Incompiuto Siciliano Archaeological Park’ or how to mock heritage to make heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 23(4), pp. 299-316. (doi:10.1080/13527258.2016.1278255)

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During the last 50 years, and due to the dilapidation of public funds, hundreds of unfinished public works have been erected Italy. In 2007, the group of artists Alterazioni Video declared these ruins a formal architectural style – ‘Incompiuto Siciliano’ – and, in doing so, their aim is to change the buildings’ dark side and turn it into something positive. One of the tangible outcomes within the artists’ proposal is the eventual creation of the ‘Incompiuto Siciliano Archaeological Park’ in Giarre, a Sicilian medium-sized village that has the highest density of unfinished public works in Italy. This article analyses how such a provocative project contains serious implications in terms of heritage. It is stated that, in order to forge a positivized ‘unfinished heritage’, Incompiuto Siciliano Archaeological Park builds bridges between aspects that, in principle, seem to be the opposite of each other. This opens the possibility of putting traditional heritage assumptions in question through the production of a critical heritage whose novelty lies in the constructive use of irony, sarcasm and double meaning.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Arboleda, Dr Pablo
Authors: Arboleda, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Heritage Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-3610
Published Online:17 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Pablo Arboleda
First Published:First published in International Journal of Heritage Studies 23(4):299-316
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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