Alice Brunetta - Università IUAV di Venezia
Jennah Kinsey - Manchester Metropolitan University
Ana Asensio - Universidad de Granada
Venice is an open sky museum, and art in itself.
Our site is located in the south of the Arsenale ship yard, next to the Biennale. Historically, it was a place of production and innovation however today our site is closed, owned by the Navy and the municipal of Venice.
The Biennale represents the Arts in Venice and an international meeting point. In contrast to this, the site isn't a place for artists and only shows the final piece. Our intervention is designed to connect the city of Venice to the Arsenale once again as we want to connect the production and the exhibition of art.
To achieve this aim we are going to use the Biennale entrance, which is already a point of interest, to draw people in to discover the production, the process and making, creating new uses inside the 15th century tese.
The urban structure of Venice is full of infinite points of view, meandering from small alleys to large squares like a labirinth. Like a cycle, we are going to create a procession through the site, starting at the dock, and roping its way to the tese, discovering the process of art in the workshops and on the street, and going inside the Corderie/Biennale to visit the final works of art.
The walls and limits of the site are already an existing control of the intervention, which pronounce the walks, like a rope that links objects. The Italian family is also like a rope that represents the union like a social structure. We want to create new urban structures, thanks services for housing and places for work, working in the existing warehouses of the Arsenale. The site requires a sensitive approach to its memory, but we want to create a contemporary intervention which is unafraid to occupy the large empty spaces, to express and produce changes in the enviroment.
At a macro-scale, the intervention connects the Arsenale with the urban public space using the warehouses articulation. The micro "family" within the warehouses, harbor activities bound by social structure.
Our site currently consist of 7 large warehouses, each devoted to developing a distinct artistic activity. So, from left to right, the sculptor, the architect and design, dance and music, gastronomy, painting, theater and cinema, and finally, the arts of artisans, generate a life inside with the intention of always allowing the process of art to be visible, creating longitudinal communication, the view from the waterfront, and openness to the rest of the site.
The intervention involves inserting containers, some moving and some fixed. The containers are allowed to move via the insertion of rails which in turn, allows the memory of the Arsenale's industrial activity to be reflected in the intervention. The moving containers reach the waterfront, changing the existing environment, whilst the fixed ones contain the functions required in the building, creating a micro-city and allowing the activitiy yo be seen as an industrial process, a home and social structure.
The intermediate spaces, represented by massive existing structure are nodes mixture of activities and people, and cross communication makes the building is read as a whole, as a large house, the Casa dell'Arte, the Art House.