On November 14, 1974, just a year before his assassination, Pier Paolo Pasolini would write his famous "corsair writing" entitled "Cos’è questo golpe? Io so. (What is this coup? I know)”. in the newspaper Corriere della Sera.
In the context of the convulsive Italian Years of Lead, the author claimed to know “the names of those who controlled the two different –in fact, opposite– phases of the tension”, in reference to the names behind the authorship (material and intellectual) of the massacres that had been orchestrated up to that time.
To underline the premonitory nature of Pasolini's writing, this work alludes to the attacks on Piazza Fontana (December 12, 1969) and Bologna Central Station (August 2, 1980), a macabre parenthesis that largely supports all the violence of that period.
The neon sign that makes up Le due differenti fasi della tensione [The two different phases of tension] has been produced in the context of the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini's birth and is part of a fragment of the aforementioned "corsair writing", reproducing the typography of its author's machine, the Olivetti Lettera 22.
The piece remains off throughout the day, except for the period from 4:37 p.m. to 10:25 a.m., the respective times of the aforementioned attacks. In a small poetic gesture that aims to shed light on such infamous acts, the disturbing phrase will remind us during the darkest hours of the day that the strategia della tensione was, above all, a political operation.