Embodied Materiality

Filippo Tartaglia


Dig or excavate, from the Latin word excavare (ex-cavare), etymologically possesses the meaning
of “make hollow” through the action of subtraction. The excavation technique is a proceed by
subtraction of volumes, a negative operation by removing material, eroding, digging and extracting.
It represents, rather than a constructive modality, a precise theoretical attitude, a recurrence
to the essence of things, since the excavation implies purity of form. Subtraction versus redundancy.
The search for expressive laconism prevails over the excess of form and elements. An
architecture in which gestures and procedures are brought back to their essentiality as an attempt
to recover an experience, an ancestral memory of an original time, in respect of what matter can

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