In August the Group 1 Venice Fellows hosted a joint exhibition Public Reflections in East London. The exhibition, which showcased the Fellows research work, was organised by Britt Sutcliffe and made possible by Creative Debuts. Creative Debuts is a platform celebrating the brightest emerging artists and designers. A summary of the research work on show is summarised by the Fellows in their own words.
Mapping Venice is a dissection of the Venetian urban environment, as seen through psycho-geographical lens. In the first part of Mapping Venice I discuss navigational modes and movement through wayfinding and memory, and in the second I focus on utilising situationism in a photo-essay exploring the city.
This project is a visual exploration of leading narratives in various museums of Venice. It portrays situations within collections of the museums where a strong master narrative is kept in place, either excluding ‘others’ or dealing with ‘difference’ in a peculiar way. As this might happen unintentionally I perceive it a museological glitch.
Carlo Scarpa: Traditions of Craft and Compromise examines the Venice-based projects of Carlo Scarpa. Instead of the conventional narrative of traditional Venetian crafts, this photographic essay highlights the Venice built not by craftsmen, but by the average Venetian ‘making do and getting by’, and uses the ad-hoc, informal architectures of Venice to provide an alternative reading of Scarpa’s work.
Exploring Venice’s unique position as a smart city and how it responded to the problems it was facing with simple solutions and co-design. Through this learning, one can begin to envision what’s possible for another developing smart city, Dundee, when it approaches its problems with human aspects over technological focus.
Creative Spaces is a project that looks into generating ideas for ways to make use of the ever growing number of abandoned buildings and spaces in Scotland. This Design competition allows all design disciplines to submit entries in which the local community will get the final say on what way they would like the space to be repurposed into.
Venice’s Golden Record revolves around strengthening the appearance of Venice’s local culture. By using video as a means of preservation, I explored areas unaffected by bustling tourists and overwhelming commercialisation to falsely portray a positive experience of Venice.
My research project seeks to explore the theme of this year’s Biennale ‘Freespace’ by looking at how we experience free space. I look specifically at the ‘Genius Loci’ experience of St. Mark’s Square, which is one of the World’s best known public spaces.
The massive scale of vacancy means the usual spatial task (within the urban context) will be inverted: ‘programme seeks building’ will become ‘building seeks programme”. Within the context of the Venice Biennale, structures such as the British Pavilion reveal the success of temporary-use and its adaptiveness, often within a single structure. It is this method that will revitalise the deteriorating buildings within the 21st century and give rise to the potential for innovation offered by vacancy.