Margot Bowman, W.E.T. at Spazio Ridotto, Venice

Curated by Gloria Maria Cappelletti and Fabrizio Meris

26/03/2015 - 26/04/2015

Margot Bowman, Heading, 2015, 12sec 25 frame loop

Margot Bowman, Heading, 2015, 12sec 25 frame loop

SPAZIO RIDOTTO is a new project space for multimedia art in the heart of Venice managed by Zuecca Projects. The project space is proud to present its first collaboration with British artist Margot Bowman: W.E.T. a video and web installation that explores the impact of climate change from a digital perspective; curated by Gloria Maria Cappelletti and Fabrizio Meris and in collaboration with Gloria Maria Gallery. Margot Bowman explores the different social and emotional realities in a proposed future where extreme climate change is a reality. Bowman creates a floating world, where water replaces the earth as the human habitat and we meet

the members of future communities and witness the impact of global warming in a new way.

The project is split into two phases:
Phase 1 – A questionnaire distributed online through w-e-t.net and during a past installation at The House of St Barnabas in 2014. The questionnaire asks participants to consider the social, emotional and political impacts of living in this water-based world. Both physical installation and online spaces use a variety of mediums to encourage free thinking from participants that move away from exhausted stereotypical dystopian or utopian versions of the future.
W-e-t.net will serve as the digital home for the project, an ever accessible space for the questionnaire and relative responses. Bringing this resource online aims to open the pool of imagination on the topic, reaching out to as many different global participants as possible.
Phase 2 – The information collected in the forms of Phase 1 provides research and inspiration in to this new world
and the new communities that inhabit it. Bowman’s responses to this research take the form of moving images that
will be shown from March 25 till April 26 at SPAZIO RIDOTTO. The artist seeks to question the pre-digital, pre-industrial traditions that Venice was born out of. A community, like those in W.E.T., that is based on water, but whose decisions
and structures are born out of a thoroughly top-down approach with small numbers of educated elite controlling the lives of all those beneath them.

In an age where digital connection offers us the hope of ‘equality’ would this community be different? And with this cultural shift in mind do our hopes and expectations for this future go beyond the walls of commerce and place us more profoundly in touch with each other and our place in the wider eco-system? These are the questions that the artist poses.

SPAZIO RIDOTTO

Calle del Ridotto 1835

San Marco 30124 Venezia

www.spazioridotto.com

Margot Bowman, Journey, 2015, 2.45min digital video

Margot Bowman, Journey, 2015, 2.45min digital video

Margot Bowman, W-E-T.net, 2015, web screenshots

Margot Bowman, W-E-T.net, 2015, web screenshots

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