The performance Sulla retta via, created by Filippo Berta in 2014 and now exhibited in the project-space of the Ettore Fico Museum, shows a line of people moving along the shore
of a deserted beach. Everyone is focused on their own steps trying to follow the fleeting boundary defined by the waves, which create an ephemeral trace in which the elements, water and earth, join and separate at the same time: the attempt of individuals to compose a perfect line. on the line of waves, however, it is a goal that remains unattainable since the sought shape is constantly breaking. This impossibility is caused by the perpetual and irregular movements of the sea, which become a suggestive metaphor of the impossibility of man to find a balance between his own intuitive-emotional nature, and the role of society that conditions and corrupts his individual essence.
This state of continuous tension is at the center of Filippo Berta's analysis who investigates, through micro-narratives of performances implemented by ordinary people, that particular human condition that between restrictions, mechanisms and dynamics of society reveals an irreconcilable dualism, reflected here . The human being is (de) formed by the society he penetrates
individual consciences and conditions mental behaviors, directing the individual towards standardized roles and towards intrinsic competition. Highlighting the tension and the existential abyss that arises on the basis of this dualism, with the work of Filippo Berta we therefore approach the search for the causes and conditions of these mutations, but also the identification of a deeply human nature.