For the fifth time in twenty years the artist took part in the Venice Biennial.
Each participation was lived as an impossible dialogue with the city and the exhibition itself, each attempt marked by a feeling of frustration.
The fifth and latest attempt consists of returning to the sites of the previous projects and turning this journey into a film: ‘De Novo’.
Rather than approaching the exhibition with the illusion of yet another new idea, this work retraces each previous contribution to turn it into a narration.
The film will act as a ‘time machine’ taking us to 1990, 1993, 1999, 2003 and 2010; in the Prigioni, on a vaporetto, in the Giardini and in the Arsenale respectively. Through the palympsest generated by the previous contributions it will be possible to identify a relationship to art that is temporal rather than spatial.
In this sense, ‘De Novo’ operates like previous works by the artist, such as ‘Le Roman de Muenster’ (Skulptur Projekte Muenster, 2007) and ‘TH 2058’ (Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London 2008).