Public Program

May, June, September, October 2022

Marrying the Night

|| Venice || Palermo ||

A “performative” project by g. olmo stuppia (Milan 1991, lives between Venice and Palermo). The project consists in four outdoor ecowalks, within the context and aesthetics of “provincia diffusa” (a combination of suburbs landscape and small-town mentality) and its outcome, both in the Lagoon and in the Mainland, from Southern to Northern Italy.

Inspired by Tarkovsky’s moods and the collective Stalker, Marry the Night combines the artist’s past life and current artistic research in a visionary work, expressed in four chapters, corresponding to walking and sailing through four areas defined by provincial aesthetics, diving deep into their soul searching for their contradictions.

Fincantieri factory in Palermo; Sacca San Mattia in Venezia, a man-made island and Murano glass factory dump; Brancaccio, post-industrial working-class area in Palermo; and finally Mose, fulcrum of the venetian lagoon’s mechanization; these are the four destinations of Sposare la notte, each marked by provincialism and industrial culture abusing shape and space, but with a revenge in the end: the collision between antique “italic” sensitivity and consumerism.

> Cammino primo: Sacca San Mattia, Murano | Saturday, May 7th, h 7pm-12pm

After a brief drift in Cannaregio, the artist will sail from Venice to Sacca San Mattia, Murano: a man-made island where modernizing impulses failed a long ago and resulted in layering of colored-glass debris and rabbit feces.

The artist will provide everyone with a kit for collecting glass pieces to be catalogued later; some poetic readings will take place in the meantime.

Meeting point 2839 fond. ormesini 30121 venezia (bar da fifo)

Info: +39 3933154973

> Cammino secondo: Palermo | Friday, June 10th, h 5.30pm – 10pm

 In Palermo, the participants will walk through Cantiere Navale Fincantieri and visit semi-abandoned spots, guided by workmen from Borgata di Mare Arenella; the area between the harbor and Monte Pellegrino hosted some of the first settlements of the Island, while the actual working-class district (a common scenery in the Southern Italy) resulted from the closure of brick and chemical factories (in the district as well on the entire North Coast of Sicily).

During the walk the artist will offer short readings and explanations as well as an invitation to listen: to the sounds of factory machines, to the not-so-silent Palermitan silence. The visit will end with a fleeting encounter with the worker-daughters of some local families.

Meeting point Via ai Fossi n. 1 cap 90142 Palermo

Info: + 39 3282089171

> Cammino terzo: Brancaccio, Palermo | Saturday, September 9th, h 6pm-12pm

Between river Oreto and the latest shopping center Forum, Brancaccio is the thickest district in Palermo; south of the Old Town, Brancaccio embraces both the antique and the new, bringing together metal sheet sheds, low-income housing (Aiacap and INA) and brick factories. Currently, 400 000 people live in Brancaccio.

The walk will start at the river’s outlet and will include some drifts: on the shore, covered with debris (from the Sacco di Palermo); and then exploring through buildings and factories both active and inactive: especially the last active brick factory of the North Coast at the end of the urban expansion (1980s, the second Sacco di Palermo).

Meeting point Via Mario Adorno n.5 cap 90123 Palermo

Info: + 39 3282089171

> Cammino quarto: from Padiglione Italia to Mose (dall’Arsenale nord) | Saturday, 22 ottobre h 6pm-12pm

The last chapter is a boat ride only: sailing from Venezia, Arsenale Nord (Padiglione Italia) to Mose, in the Lagoon, and back again, a departing and landing spot.

The main character of this drift is the most expensive public work realized by Consorzio Venezia Nuova, still extensively criticized. In this, Mose sits in a long-lasting Italian tradition, and the artist offers his interpretation of Mose as a performance of the unfinished. Mose should be a protective device, both a physical obstruction and a mental block against changes the human being has found himself involved in; but today Mose is still working partially only.

The participants will be exceptionally guided by Ing. Giovanni Cecconi (former Head of the Control Room) to discover Mose and learn about its costs and delicate machinery, the work that has to be done; many thoughts sediment this side of the barrier.

Lagoon as machine, the artificial balance somehow gained since Serenissima, is still here.

Meeting Point Padiglione Italia, Giardino delle Tese, Arsenale di Venezia

Reservation required +39 3933154973