Venice | Swatch pavilion by Joana Vasconcelos

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Client: Swatch SA
Installation by Joana Vasconcelos
Music by Jonas Runa
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Photos © Inexhibit, 2015

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56th Art Biennale | The “Garden of Eden” Swatch Pavilion at Giardini by Joana Vasconcelos 

Among the many events promoted by Swatch, partner of the 56th Art Biennale, a temporary pavilion at the Giardini houses a fascinating installation by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, entitled “Il Giardino dell’Eden” (The Garden of Eden).

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It takes some seconds for the eyes to adjust to the darkness inside the inflatable plastic structure: the “Garden of Eden” is a journey through an oneiric landscape, made of hundreds luminescent flowers, that  overturns the traditional notion of a garden.


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The installation is composed by posies of artificial flowers, made with textile and optical fibers woven together; the flowers are planted on black cylinders each housing a lighting source, an electric motors and a series of colored transparent disks that, by turning, change the flower’s appearance.

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Such incessant chromatic change produces a sensation of movement, like the entire garden being swept by a gentle breeze. The sounds produced by the mechanism inside the cylinders, resembling insects, blend with an electronic music composition by Jonas Runa to form a complex soundscape.

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Photos © Inexhibit, 2015


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