A HOUSE FOR FEDERICO FELLINI
A few years ago a documentary on the great Italian Master was released with this title: "Fellini: I'm a Born Liar," by Damian Pettigrew. This is, without doubt, a great title! When a truly great artist confesses that he is a "born liar," then perhaps the very definition of the "lie" should be re-considered. And maybe the very definition of Truth!
We challenge you to imagine a House for a Great Liar! Let's welcome the great liars! What would life be without them? Especially without those who, like Fellini, have the courage to say: "I'm a born liar!" We should love these "liars!" And what could be more exciting than designing a House for a Born Liar? Yes, imagine just this: A House for a Born Liar!!! And if this Liar is Federico Fellini, even better! Lie to us! Lie in an exhilarating way! Please lie as much as you can! Offend us with your Lie! Throw at us your Lie! Make your big, sublime Lie a stone and throw it at us! We implore you: Lie to the very end! Lie until that parent, headmaster, high priest or policeman faints!!! Throw your big, immeasurable lie into the arrogant, "all knowing" chest of a parent, a headmaster, a high priest, or policemanů (to refer to Fellini's claim that an artist "has a childish need to offend. And to be able to offend, you need a parent, a headmaster, a high priest, the policeů") Imagine the most magnificent House for a Liar!!! For a "Born Liar!!!"
We want you to conceive a House which is Nothing but Lies, one after the other, one bigger than the other, monstrous, immense, unbearable, outrageous lies! Lie to us! Lie to us as much as you can! More than you can, actually! Lie in fact until you yourself faint! Fall ! Die lying!!! We would love to be lied at! Offend us, dear Liar - Architect! And imagine at the peak of your unbearable, stunning, deadly, excessive, baroque, monstrous, obese, ugly, intoxicating, outrageous, impossible, grotesque, orgiastic, absurd, cosmic lie: A House for Federico Fellini! And because, as the great master said, "the biggest danger for an artist is complete freedom," we ask you: please finish your work by the 20th of January, 2008, when we will celebrate his 120th birthday!