ELISAVA at the Venice Biennale
Projects by Octavi Serra
Urban artist and former ELISAVA student Octavi Serra travels to Venice to coincide with the Architectural Biennale with a group of urban installations that establish a dialogue between space and human intervention.
Five ELISAVA students are included with projects that are inspired by RCR Architects pavilion RCR.Dream and Nature_Catalonia in Venice sponsored by the Ramon Llull Institute, and curated by journalist Pati Nuñez and architect Estel Ortega.
The projects consider the question “What do we learn from nature?” And draw attention to the interaction, respect, coexistence and the need to find solutions to improve the relationship between man and nature. The works show nature as an overly exploitable resource where respect and conscience have taken a back seat.
An installation formed by three surveillance cameras that focus on the weeds growing in the middle of a street considers the overt disconnection between nature and the human being through technology.
A chair on a float navigating the streets of Venice illustrates the utility of this object in the event that the city is ever emerged under water. A small oasis that allows the castaway a rest from swimming to take a break for a while.
Intervention that consists of hanging clothes, with socks, pants, trousers and T-shirts giving the sensation that people are being hung out to dry and that these have been somehow disappeared. The proposal aims to reflect on the importance of water in our lives.
Windows installed on the wall of a Venetian canal are a scenic representation of a not-so-distant future in which the water level will become a problem for many coastal populations. The proposal calls for greater environmental respect.
An inflatable bed with sheets and pillows is floating in a canal where boats are moored. The work suggests the "absurd" possibility of getting into bed and letting the sea, the water, carry the passenger aimlessly in a comfortable and calm manner. The piece symbolises an exaggerated form of meditation.