ALIVE in the UNIVERSE Venice Biennale 2019
Wednesday May 8 – Tuesday June 4
Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
Calle de la Racheta, 3764, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Open to the public 10am – 6pm daily
ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE PRESENTS:
Over 28 days 28 ‘Big Bang’ international artists express how it feels to be alive in the universe
through video, performance and installation
Over 200 one minute art-films from around the world add instant moments of life in the universe.
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE is a philosophy of life - to empower our unique creativity to explore our individual, emotional explanation of the universe through the arts.
“We are all unique participants in one creative universe”, says Caroline Wiseman, founder and curator of ALIVE in the UNIVERSE. “Art is a powerful way of expressing our unique creativity, giving each of us a voice, and bonding us as one human race. It is, as Einstein says, “the expression of the profoundest thought in the simplest way”.
Caroline and co-curator David Baldry have chosen 28 themes, one for each day in our Palazzo, in relation to the work of our ‘Big Bang’ artists- so called for the universal impact of their work.
Life - Sex - Water - Death - Technology - Love - Dreaming - Word - Time - Light/Dark - Procreation - Omni - Breathe - Inside/Outside - War/Peace - Suffering/Happiness - Imagine - Energy - Self/Other -Cosmic Forces - Consciousness - Toil - Hope - Loss - Psyche - Journey - Big Bang
Click here for details of our Big Bang artists
Invitations to submit one minute art films on our theme of ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE were sent round the world and over 200 films have been curated and will be presented on three large monitors each day from 10am - 6pm.
We are very pleased to be producing ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE during the 58th International Art Exhibition, curated by Ralph Rugoff. Here is an excerpt from his statement: May You Live In Interesting Times will take seriously art’s potential as a method for looking into things that we do not already know - things that may be off-limits, under-the-radar, or otherwise inaccessible for various reasons. It will highlight artworks that explore the interconnectedness of diverse phenomena, and that convey an affinity with the idea, asserted by both Leonardo da Vinci and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, that everything connects with everything else.
The work of many of our artists resonates closely with Rugoff’s statement.
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE also builds on the themes which Cathy Wilkes, the British representative at the Venice Biennale, investigates. Emma Dexter, commissioner of the British Pavilion describes her work, which evokes “…the rituals of daily life while alluding to existential questions at the core of human existence”. The theme of the everyday and meaning of existence is further explored through ALIVE in the UNIVERSE.
“We are all unique participants in one creative universe”, says Caroline Wiseman, founder of ALIVE in the UNIVERSE. “Art is a powerful way of expressing our unique creativity, giving each of us a voice, and bonding us as one human race. It is, as Einstein says the expression of the profoundest thought in the simplest way”.
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE Team
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE is co-curated by Caroline Wiseman and David Baldry pictured here standing in front of the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
Eileen Haring Woods is the co-producer and Lol Sargent is the technical advisor.