RETREAT! RESTLESS LANDSCAPE
http://redoubt.salvatore-vitale.com features a continuous stream of the most recent images captured from a webcam located in Grimsel, north-west from Grimsel Hospiz, Switzerland. The installation is a long take of the Swiss Alpine landscape, a slow and almost imperceptible passing of time, which shows, from the perspective of a machine, the elusive traces of the most impressive military infrastructure ever made in Switzerland.
The Swiss National Redoubt was a defensive device of the Army from July 1940 to the autumn of 1944, when, faced with the encirclement of Switzerland by the Axis powers, the latter concentrated on the military garrison of the Swiss Alpine region, in particular on the Gotthard Pass. A dense series of fortifications, bunkers and weapons were installed. During the Cold War, the fortifications in the Alps were further extended. Since the Armed Forces Reform in ’95, the National Redoubt is no longer envisioned as part of the defence concept and a large part has been adapted for different uses, such as the construction of data centers.
In any case, the infrastructure keeps on defining the Swiss alpine landscape.
'Retreat! Restless Landscape' has been commissioned by Fotogalleriet Oslo for the exhibition ‘Let’s Talk about Images 2.1.0’, 29 April - 5 May 2020