Building on research I carried a few years ago [Jacopo Benci, ‘“An extraordinary proliferation of layers”: Pasolini’s Rome(s)’, in Dorigen Caldwell, Lesley Caldwell (eds), Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 151-186], my work plan includes the following:
● a study of the relationship between Pasolini and ‘the antique’, involving research in libraries in Rome, such as the Central National Library, the Umberto Barbaro Cinema Library, the Library of the Department of History of Art and Spectacle at Sapienza;
● a survey of the Via Appia Antica, Fourth Mile, to gather a ‘re-photographic’ documentation of the two main locations (the so-called ‘Pyramid’ mausoleum and the standing statue of a man in a toga) used by Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone;
● extracting relevant footage and audio from a DVD of Accattone at a professional video editing facility;
● shooting video footage of the Via Appia Antica, Fourth Mile, approximating as much as possible the positions and angles of the original matching shots of Accattone;
● editing (at the aforementioned professional editing facility) my video footage on the Via Appia Antica, with the visual and sound elements drawn from the Pasolini film;
● develop a commentary to articulate Pasolini’s concept of (metaphorically and literally) ‘turning one’s back’ to the past, and of the ruins as ‘a pile of broken stones’; Integrate the above elements into a video work, which may also be accompanied by works combining still image and text, and possibly by a presentation (lecture).