The Birds on the top of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, February 2, 1968 © Photo: Archivio Geppetti.

Film: "1968 The Birds" (OAT)

(1968-archives, 2018-interviews – 68 min)
Silvio Montanaro & Gianni Ramacciotti​
"1968 The Birds" (1968 Gli Uccelli) tells the story of a group of architecture students who were active in Rome during 1968. Linked to the Kommune 1 in Berlin and partly inspired by the Provos and the Situationists, the Birds promoted an alternative perspective on the political struggle of the day, drawing attention to the artistic, the non-verbal, the irrational and the animalistic. The playful performances of The Birds were site-specific, seemingly focusing more on advocating personal happiness than finding solutions for humanity, with actions such as twirling, whistling, planting trees and letting sheep graze in Villa Borghese. One day the group of students tricked Paolo Portoghesi into letting them into the dome of Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, which they subsequently occupied, drawing media attention and support from other students. After a year spent together in Sicily, where they were helping earthquake victims of Gibellina to rebuild their community, the group broke up in 1969.​
Silvio Montanaro is film director and editor specializing in documentaries. Since 1986, he made about twenty documentaries that were screened in cinema, tv and at international festivals, including: "Assisi: cronaca di un Restauro" (1998), "Le Montagne del Sapone" (2003) with Andrea Bocchiola, "Erbastella" (2012), or "Professione Remotti" (2016). 
Gianni Ramacciotti has been copywriter and author of three television talent shows at the major adv groups since 1991. After expanding his knowledge of authorship at the screenwriting school Botteghe Finzioni (2016–2017), together with Silvio Montanaro he created his first documentary 1968 The Birds.​
The film "1968 The Birds"​ is part of the public lectures "Degrowth Histories"​

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 9:00 am

Venue: AHO Gallery
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Degrowth Histories / Dealing with It / Academy / Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT)