Midas PR launch October Collective flagship installation ‘Body as Home’ at Giudecca Art District
Venice, Italy, Friday 10 May 2019
Last night, during the 58th Venice Biennale, the Venetian island of Giudecca held the official launch of the Giudecca Art District (GAD), with live performances at the flagship installation in Project Space 1, by October! Collective. The evening included the official screening of the three channel film, ‘Body as Home’, by the artist Aleksandra Karpowicz with October! Collective. The screening included a live score by Occult Hardware featuring Fayann Smith, Robert Burhnam, Isabella Stensdotter, Takasama Mukai & Aleksandra Karpowicz with the costumes designed by Muusa Italy.
Guests were treated to eco-friendly, zero waste aperitivo cocktails, by Bologna based mixologist Scarto, created for the event using regional herbs and spices that grow in Veneto and a berry found only in the Mediterranean (called Bagolaro or Celtis Australis). The aperitivo Bitter was served on ice, or as a “Spritz” topped with a sparkling wine from the Veneto, with an edible ‘eye’ garnish made with the remains of the infusion. The drink celebrated aperitivo culture that began in Venice and highlighted the urgent need to slow down climate change which threatens all our homes.
Curated by Miguel Mallol, Body as Home is a three-channel film presented in triptych that documents a journey of self-discovery, identity, migration and a search for the meaning of home. Filmed in 4 different cities; Cape Town, London, New York and Warsaw, Body as Home captures 3 protagonists in each city – a local, a visitor and the filmmaker herself in order to explore the concept of home in regard to geographical location, one’s placement within society, and personal identity. The film explores how notions of physical selfhood and our sense of home overlap. Body as Home looks to address the relationship between human physicality, sexuality and identity and urge viewers to accept and feel at home in their own bodies.
Also taking place at the launch were performances by Pia MYrvoLD of Extended Reality as part of TIME MACHINE and the intervention The Litmus Test by Stefano Cagol, included in the VILLAM’s project Tu vs Everybody, at Project space 0.
Founded by General Director Pier Paolo Scelsi and Artistic Director Valentina Gioia Levy, GAD is a network of art professionals and will be home to a permanent curatorial programme, linking new and existing spaces on the Giudecca Island. GAD will present works by established artists including Yoko Ono, Kendell Geers, Kazuko Miyamoto, Moataz Nasr, alongside young contemporary artists, in order to present high quality projects with national and international partners.
See the full programme at GAD.
Main photo: Guy Bell