Vesper. A Project
5 November-12 December 2021
Venice, Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna
Curated by Sara Marini
Opening Friday 5 November, h 15.00
As part of the initiative Salotto Longhena. MUVE and IUAV in Dialogue between Art and Architecture, the Project Room of the Gallery showcases the first four issues of “Vesper. Rivista di architettura, arti e teoria | Journal of Architecture, Arts & Theory”.
The exhibition reveals both the trajectory and the making of the editorial project as well as its outcome, displayed by means of videos, mockups, and image blowups.
Vesper is a semiannual, scientific journal in print; it is a project by the editorial centre PARD within the research infrastructure IR.IDE, at the Department of Architecture and Arts of the Università Iuav di Venezia. Gazing into the dusk, when light slowly merges with darkness and the illuminating object is no longer visible, Vesper aims to interpret the act of designing through tracing and revealing the movement of transformation.
The first issue of Vesper is a homage to Supervenice. Venice is well-known, its identity is so familiar to be considered obvious, summarized as if it were a replicable logo: the city shows its face leaving behind its backbone. Here gold and mud blend together, moulding a multifaceted document.
The second issue of Vesper explores the binomial Author-Matter. Today, the lack of authorship appears to be a successful brand. The tensions between the anomie of matter, the law that establishes responsibility for the work and the economy that makes it possible, invoke discordant perspectives.
The third issue of Vesper is a foray into Wildness. The sylva returns both as an image, capable of distilling the character of places and the modalities of crossing them, and a reality: forests are advancing in some territories, and the concrete presence of wild and untamed areas within cities is a constantly expanding fact.
The fourth issue of Vesper travels between Exiles and Exoduses. Two movements, perhaps antithetical, affect space. Individuals exclude themselves, come out of their own land, withdraw into another circumstance, depose power from within, shun the power that withholds. At the same time, peoples, animals, and plants are in exodus, moving, fleeing, migrating, changing the design and the sense of territory and geographies.