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The starting point of Inaki Gracenea’s project is the archive of Norman Bruce Johnston a sociologist who has studied and written about prison architecture. Many of these plants have a centralized planning and are inspired by Bentham’s Panopticon. “The concept of the design is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behavior constantly”. These data in Gracenea project are linked to the insurrections happened in Italy in 70s. In this way he created installations with artworks inspired by Panoptical architecture and sentences from social insurrections taking them out of their starting context. Jose Guerrero has developed his project along the line real/unreal creating photo-montages in which you can find architectural and imaginary stratifications of the city. “Sette Colli” project has its heart in the imaginary related to the seven hills in Rome and the Roman mythology that is the real and unreal Rome. Even if he has worked on the icons of the space photographed at the same time he has worked to integrate references from different language and artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, film, and especially in this case, architecture.