Monolith is an incubator, a magazine and a summit to develop a knot of forces, an integrated and complementary platform of thought. A project that combines the distant points of singularity to generate a community. Italians and foreigners, philosophers, writers, photographers, poets, street-artists, illustrators, geographers, performers, who will confront the chosen themes, which will open a path, something that resembles what we leave alive of ourselves for others. Thought like the deep of affection, or the meticulous reason that marks the cracks of a ridge. Words measured as the time they are close to. The time to create, to dedicate for the umpteenth time in the day, for many days, that language and that content not folded on the notes that crowd our daily but on that slowness of progress that are wrinkles on the skin, a trace of the commitment of a revealing, a striking cry against what flows light and indifferent around us; sentences heard, resentful, repeated and spent without grabbing anything, without changing anything, without making anything appear. What is given to Monolith is a fold on the large sheet of our day, the word of all that separates us. It is an imperfection that shows the trace of the depth in the exposition of its unfolding shadows.
The themes of the human. Of those circumstances of which we have heard the hasty accusation. Events, things, traumas that flow to our life or under the light veil of what covers it and find a structural position through the narration, that is, the specific interweaving in which attitudes and evaluative orientations are expressed. The necessary character of history binds to itself a universal and relativistic morality which is the generality and the understanding of the social becoming, of the community being. If we could set the themes that Monolith presents as countries on a map, we would note that the intrinsic narration of each of them is also the node and the junction of a path that unites them as a network of roads, ways of communication that allow the exchange and the transit. What is formed, what we find on this map deep and transparent as a name, is not a simple geometric figure but a succession of lines, sometimes thick, now thin, maximal and minimal lines, a tangle of voices and tangencies that have in their determination of complexity their cultural status of exchange and, in the congenital movement, their relational identity.
Across two years, a bridge through two years, this is the time that Monolith chooses. A bridge like a line connecting the mainland and an island, the courage to tell and the time to read, to watch. A bridge and a line that are the conjunction imagined between two distances and the pioneering encounter of two stranger. This circulation and this union are the relationship that develops between the rise of the manufactured thing and the magazine as a friendly insistence, an edge that appears in front of the eyes of everyone, naked and defenseless, a stage or a sound witness of the show that is told there. The chosen time, explicit and long like a corridor in dim light, is therefore the interruption and the border of a movement of lips coming from the orchestra pit. It is the aerial risk of the bridge against the flow of water beneath him or the wind around and through him. It is our being in the richness of the time it occupies, among the inhabited worlds.
Michele Montorfano worked in advertising and later as professional educator in host communities for children and adolescents. He has collaborated and conducted projects of growing up and social housing in Italy and overseas. In 2013 he published Mnemosyne, shortlisted for several literary prizes. He wrote articles involving cinema and figurative arts intertwining and weaving aesthetics, poetry and social anthropology.
Carla Saracino writes and teaches Italian Literature. She published three books of poetry: I milioni di luoghi, Il chiarore, Qualcosa di inabitato and two collections of fairy tales for children: 14 fiabe ai 4 venti e Gli orologi del paese di Zaulù. Her texts have also appeared on Nuovi Argomenti and Lo Specchio Mondadori. She writes for the digital magazine L’ EstroVerso where she leads a column about poetry: La Rosa Necessaria.
Giuseppe Viggiano has worked 13+ years in the advertising industry, across Europe and Usa, managing creative resources for some of the most renowned brands in the World and achieving 2 Cannes Lions and a PROMAX/BDA. From 2012 to 2017 he co-founded and managed GME Consultancy, a fundraising company developing humanitarian projects in Africa and Middle East. Starting from 2018, he’s Creative Director for MGD.