November 30, 2007
Via John Robb: Cultural Guerillas. The clock in the Pantheon had been broken for too long and a group of clandestine heritage restorers decided to bring it back to working order. This led to many clashes with the state who viewed cultural heritage and the funding of it as the state's monopoly. The work the clandestine group did is quite stunning.
Robb quotes an UnterGunther spokesman:
We would like to be able to replace the state in the areas it is incompetent, but our means are limited and we can only do a fraction of what needs to be done.
This view of the cultural basis for a cities life blood and soul is a further step from the Situationists. Where the Situationists explored, the modern technical class tinkers, restores, and brings back to life the mechanical heartbeat of a bureaucratically forgotten city suffering at the hands of an inattentive state.