Winter is approaching, Carnival is near. In Venice, especially, it is a really important festivity. It will be, this year, between the end of January and the beginning of February.

A Contemporary Art organisation, called MACLab (Management of Arts and Culture), is organising an event, for one single day, on Saturday 25th January, for Carnival.

Since in Venice the Calatrava Bridge was built, there has been fewer and fewer people passing through the Fondamenta dei Tolentini and Fondamenta di San Simeone Piccolo.

So this installation, made of 7 or 8 artifacts, should be able to invite people to walk again through those beautiful streets.

In particular, I was interested in the little Campo in front of the IUAV (Istututo Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, which translates in Venice Universitary Instutute of Architecture) library, the Tolentini library.

This has become a zone through which people is only bypassing, and not stopping, despite numerous little bars (bàcari) being there.

So, my idea for the project is to install a urban livingroom, with a sofa, armchairs and a tea table, obviously everything in a delicious vintage style.

With this inviting open room, people should have the feeling of wanting to sit there, have a little chat, and maybe drink a little glass of wine (ombra de vin) bought in some bàcaro in the fondamenta.

I am sending the project these days. It is a working group project, and it is a university initiative, so I hope for the best.

Ginevra Scialpi

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