When we were Invited by the GAA Foundation to participate in the Venice Biennale they asked,
Q “How much wall space do you want?
A “Please can I have a window?”
The instinct was to create an exhibit that would be interactive, research-based and site specific: a mini project on the city viewed through a Grand Canal Palazzo rearview window.
The installation is both playful and thought-provoking, designed to encourage exploration beyond the Palazzo and into the freespaces of the City. ‘Reflecting on the Space Between’ engages participants on an intellectual level, prompting them thinking about ways of seeing, scale and urbanism but also by inviting them to sketch, photograph and share experiences via social and digital media throughout the six months of the Biennale.
In contemplating the city of Venice, Studio Jenny Jones has created ‘Reflecting on the Space Between’, a site-specific, interactive installation occupying the rear view windows of the Palazzo Bembo, that maps an imaginary desire line from a dislocated view to its original siting. The layers of the route are viewed through the lens of human scale and the laws of reflection.
Jenny Jones explains: “The work we have created here in Venice reflects the design process that we use in the studio. We apply these principals to internal and external situations and across diverse scales. At the centre of our approach is a curiosity about the effect that design has on the relationship we have with the scale and permeability of the containment of an atmosphere….”
Organisers | GAA Foundation
Hosted by | European Cultural Centre
Location | Palazzo Bembo
Date | 26th May to 25th November 2018
We exist in the space between.
The dimension and quality of the containment of space on one hand delivers the function and the politic, and on the other hand the possibility to touch our emotions.
In Venice, the spatial dance between the proportion of alleys, the cadence of stairs, the water’s edge, the visual span of the grand vista, the suspended moment on the flat peak of the Rialto, is almost intact from those days of Canaletto. Through the words of Calvino, the recordings of the vedutisti, Stendhal’s prognosis, the ultimate commercial flattery of a “replica” in Las Vegas, and now the proliferation of #s from those selfies, we can surmise that we really “like” Venice. But what is it that we like? Is it the desire to record in person those intact grand vistas first exported with the Grand Tourers?
In Las Vegas, at the Venetian, they inadvertently answered this question by building an architectural copy paste of those big hitters, engineering an image-capture-top-ten-journey to the belly of the Casino. But the Rialto (on travelator) segue to the first floor of the Doge’s Palace etc. misses the derive, the detournage, the getting lost, that augments and agglomerates. The deletion of the journeys between renders the opiate quest of finding the trophy view all too easy. In Vegas the engineered edit probably delivered what was intended.
In Venice, we are curious to study the spatial choreography of the unedited. We have created a site specific and interactive installation, occupying the rear view windows of the Palazzo Bembo, mapping an imaginary desire line from a dislocated view to its original siting. The layers of the route are viewed through the lens of human scale and the laws of reflection. The work we have started here in Venice illustrates a design process that we use in the studio. We apply these principals to internal and external situations and across diverse scales. At the centre of the approach is a curiosity about the effect that design has on the relationship we have with the scale and permeability of the containment of an atmosphere.
Design Team : Jenny Jones, Christina Huber, Mara Huber, Lucy Irvine, Dionne Griffith
Staircase : Shape Design & Build
Metalwork: Benedict Radcliffe & Tom Guitteraz
Window Reprographics : Insite Graphics
Note Pad Stair Reprographics: LT Print Group Ltd
Film Supply: Contravision Sponsorship
Canaletto Permission: Institute de France Musée Jacquemart-André Paris, MJAP-P 577-1© Studio Sébert Photographes
Special Thank you to: Dr Gian Luca Amadei Stephanie Buttle Paul Raeside Steve Wallington Tim Warren Nini Zhou all at GAA Foundation and Palazzo Bembi