The summer school opens up the discussion on the Biennale di Venezia 2016, by initiating the process
of designing a Biennale Urbana, using, as reference, the Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt 1980-82
project for Kassel Documenta Urbana.
The Biennale Urbana is conceived as a startup to launch a process of reuse and reinvention of the
enormous patrimony of abandoned spaces in Lido and in the all lagoon of Venice.
The architecture students of ETH together with Stalker Walking School and selected artists, critics,
curators, educators and citizens associations will collaborate in the construction of the Biennale Urbana
2016 project with proposals, strategies and tools discussed through seminars and workshops.
“ACTUAL VS CONTEMPORARY” PROJECT by ALT-G
The project consists of a series of photos taken at the “Official” International Biennale of Art in Venice
2013 and at the “Actual Biennale” held at the abandoned halls of the former Ospedale al Mare at Lido.
These photos were mixed together not accidentally. The viewer is invited to put them back in order,
distinguishing those relating to the Biennale of Contemporary Art and those to the Actual Biennale.
The project’s objective is not only to reflect on what is understood as Contemporary Art and whether
this definition should be considered superannuated, but also, and perhaps above all, to discover the
“abandoned” places and people (like the pavilions of the former Ospedale al Mare and its habitants) as
interesting, expressive and intriguing, being unknown and invisible to most people.
Breakfast at Terrazza Torre di Porta Nuova
with Forum Futuro Arsenale
10.30 am -1.30 pm
A walk across the 14 th International
Dialogue: Rem Koolhaas and Philip Ursprung
@ German Pavilion
Pic-nic @ Biennale
3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Seminar @ Swiss Pavilion
Walking out of Contemporary: The Biennale
of the Future
Lorenzo Romito (Stalker Walking School)
Actual vs Contemporary (video projection)
Guido Iannuzzi (ALT-G)
HISTORICAL TOOLS FOR THE BIENNALE URBANA
Historical reference 1980-82: Lucius
Burckhardt and the documenta urbana