Patrocinated projects

La Montagne de Venise

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by Yona Friedman with Jean Baptiste Decavèle
September 28th- October 1st 2016

Venice – Arsenal, Punta della Dogana, San Marco Basin,
Biennale Gardens, Giudecca, Zattere, Fondamenta Nove
curated by Chiara Bertola and Giuliano Sergio
project realized in collaboration with
the Querini Stampalia Foundation, the IUAV University and Fine Arts Academy of Venice
promoted and coordinated by Zerynthia Contemporary Art Association OdV
patrocinated by No Man’s Land Foundation
Venice has always had a style of its own, a style which is unique in Europe and which has influenced the Orient. The Mountain is part of an attempt to create a style which is lacking in present day architecture. It is part of a small series which has already been realized (in other parts of the world). I do not know where this will lead but it is worth trying. I believe it could be an opening. Y.F
La Montagne de Venise is an architectural action realized in one of the Arsenal’s hangars, made from a mobile, transformable chestnut wood structure seven metres in height mounted upon a floating jetty reaching from the 28th to the 30th of September various points of the lagoon: Arsenale, Giardini della Biennale, Punta della Dogana, Bacino di San Marco, Zattere, Giudecca, Fondamenta Nove.
At each venue the floating Montagne was welcomed by performances with students, passerby, children coordinated by NOW – New Operation Wave.
The project was presented by Yona Friedman with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle at the auditorium of the Querini Stampalia Foundation on September 27th 2016.
The language chosen by Friedman for this project is that of fairy tales which gleans from popular imagination; Venice, with its theatrical, playful and carnivalesque tradition, is in perfect harmony with the project.

A very serious pic-nic in No Man’s Land  
by NOW – New Operation Wave
2nd and 3rd September 2016
No Man’s Land by Yona Friedman  and  Jean-Baptiste Decavèle
Contrada Rotacesta – Loreto Aprutino (Pescara), Italy

A NOW meeting in No Man’s Land as an anticipation of the workshop to be held in Venice born from this idea: No Man’s Land is open to everybody but you have to play!
The aim is to discuss the concept of border as a limit of physical spaces and disciplinary fields. NOW intends to blur the boundaries between art, architecture and cross the limits that confine all of us in a specific field. This encounter is held in No Man’s Land, a private territory donated to the community, without borders, open to everyone.
NOW members and participants explored the territory through mapping games and the bravest ones spent the night inside the intervention in No Man’s Land, precisely inside the stone tapestry by Friedman/Decavèle. Each participant had a limited edition publication by NOW with the rules for the games. The purpose is to create a fertile ground for planting and growing new ideas and collaborations. A territory without boundaries is a representative place for an artistic nomad generation. 
A virtual round table, broadcasted on RAM live ( and part of a special episode of NOW Radio, took place at Spazio Di Paolo creating a dialogue between NOW / institutions part of the project “La Montagne de Venise” by Yona Friedman with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle /entrepreneurs supporting No Man’s Land / artists who work with the concept of limit / academics from art and architecture institutions / Zerynthia Association for Contemporary Art OdV

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