Characterized by the use of different means of expression, The Rock Slide and the Wood is a site-specific performance for small groups of people taking place in the prehistoric landslide “Marocche”. Along the path, the performers undertake small simbolic actions in dialogue with the installations which recall the natural surrounding; mountains, collapsed rocks and trees of the wood are turned into the main actors of the performance. The development of the project involved two workshops at Centrale Fies where participants dived into scientific and environmental issues connected to the peculiar geography of the area, and put into practice those methodologies that are dear to ecology activism and participatory public art. The performance, first of all, took inspiration from Story of a mountain by Élisée Reclus, but also from the works of Murray Bookchin, Gilles Deleuze, Henry David Thoreau as well as contemporary scientific studies on environmental sustainability..
The Rock Slide and the Wood is part of “Nature as Art”, Andreco's project in which the natural elements themselves are turned into artworks. Furthermore, the focus of Andreco’s project is perfectly complementary to the themes that has been tackled within the Art, Data and Activism Urban Lab – 3rd meeting of the European project Urban Heat, organized by Centrale Fies and SAAL Biennaal within FIT Network.
Andreco is a visual artist born in Rome, since 2000, besides to a PhD in Environmental Engineer at Unibo and Columbia University in New York, he has pursued his artistic research, developing the relationship between urban space and natural landscape, between man and environment in all its forms. Andreco uses different techniques: installations, performances, videos, wall painting, sculpture and public art projects.