Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava

Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava

ALIVE in the UNIVERSE is presented by Aldeburgh Ideas at the Venice Biennale May 8 – June 4th, at the beautiful, historic Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in the heart of Venice. 

Artists from all around the world are invited to consider how it feels to be alive in the universe and then express it through very short art –films.  In addition, 28 of the artists participate in BIG BANG:  Every day over the 28 days a different artist makes a big impact, using performance or installation to further explore one of these four themes:



Positive/Negative forces


#Aliveintheuniverse invites a global response from everyone to this examination of what it means to be alive through an instagrammed image or few moments of film with a philosophical title.  Adding texture will be haikus, short poetic statements, composed by people from all over the world.

ALIVE in the UNIVERSE 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

All art-films and haikus will be shown at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Suffolk, UK, and screenings started during the Aldeburgh Festival in June. Films were also shown at the Bermondsey Project Space, 183 - 185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW. At the Venice Biennale May/June, 2019, films will be screened in conjunction with the BIG BANG installations in the dramatic canal-side setting of the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.

ALIVE in the UNIVERSE develops from EINSTEIN on ALDEBURGH BEACH, an ongoing fascination with Einstein’s examination of life:  “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ ” he wrote. 

“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 is co-curated by Caroline Wiseman and David Baldry.