Lesson #12 – Giangiacomo Rossetti “Tower 1″


Tower 1


19:19 min Video, Color, Sound

Music by Veit Laurent Kurtz & Giangiacomo Rossetti

Edited by Eric Grush 


“In the late 1980’s WNYE-FM moved to the Empire State Building leaving the Brooklyn tech tower without a function.

That is what I see from my window.

When I look at it I imagine a lingering connection, a silent frequency still broadcasting its own idea.

It feels like a centre, as if all strings are pulled from there. Its verticality imposes this direction, like an arrow pointing to the sky or just an escape. And when the clouds settle in thickly it reaches through the misty air, injecting them with our visions before they disperse.

The control room underneath the tower houses all the broadcast instrumentation that was left behind. These analog tools are lost to time. Fallen out of use the system no longer produces a signal, but remains a sign.

The dance of death begins with an image that is captioned “Gebeyn aller menfchen” or “Bones of the Men,” in which a horde of skeletons with their gutless bodies play trumpets, horns, and tambourines. When I look at the tower I think about that sound — or its absence. It permeates the atmosphere and touches every body: that is music as an image.

This transmission could be a gate to access that image.”

Giangiacomo Rossetti

To mark the end of Lezioni d’Italiano Lesson #12 with artist Giangiacomo Rossetti an edition of 35 digital prints on Kozo rice paper titled Tower 1 are now available; each is 7.75″ x 47.36″ (19.69 x 120.30 cm).

As per the artist’s wishes, 100% of the proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians due to the ongoing crisis. To honour this we are asking you make a donation of £200 directly to the charity and send us a proof of payment and the address you wish the edition to be sent to, directly to info@fiorucciartrust.com.

About the Charity 

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works ‘for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees’. Palestinians are able to access effective, sustainable and locally-led healthcare, the charity aims to fulfil their rights to health and dignity. Through their offices in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon and London, they work with trusted and experienced local partners to achieve this. They respond to humanitarians crises quickly, by building knowledge and skills to address local health problems, and, providing access to essential health services. MAP is able to provide support linked to disability, psychological, and emergency care, as well as focusing on women and children.

About the Artist

Giangiacomo Rossetti (b. 1989, Milan) lives and works in New York. His forthcoming solo exhibition at  Federico Vavassori will open in September (2021). Recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2020); Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2019); Riverside, Bern, Switzerland (2018); Federico Vavassori, Milan (2017); Warm, São Paulo (2016); and GRGLT, Turin, Italy (2015). Notable group exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2020); Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle (2020); Mendes Wood DM, Dopsstraat (2020); Stuart Shave Modern Art, London (2020); Greene Naftali, New York (2019); Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2018); Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne (2018); and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2017).