Venice has to cope with the extreme over-presence of people, but simultaneously sees its communities disappearing. What are the consequences of forced adaptation to the tourist monoculture? In which ways are the communities that are capable of designing socio-economical alternatives to the hegemony of the corporate tourism industry shaping the city? In the context of urban coexistence, how can the concept of re-existence (through resistance) be interpreted? “Nothing to See Here” is a research project located in the city of Venice, sup- ported by the Sandberg Institute, to investigate the physical consequences of touristification that are changing the identity of the city through our own various individual perspectives as artists/designers and in collaboration with local voices. Organized by Nicolo Pellarin and Levi van Gelder, in collaboration with Emirhan Akin, Carmen Dusmet Carrasco. Levi van Gelder, Andrea González Garrán, Francisca Khamis Giacoman, Tali Liberman, Heleen Mineur, Nicolò Pellarin, Charlotte Rohde, Wouter Stroet, Fabian Tombers and Hanna Valle.
research residency—event at casa punto croce, venice (IT)
LEVI VAN GELDER (1995) — ARTIST/DESIGNER AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS +316(0)48839907 MA Design Sandberg Instituut (2020), BFA Product / Spatial Design HKU (2017)
Driven by visual storytelling, artistic research and pedagogic collaboration, I aim to unearth frictions between compounds of reality and fiction, representation and misrepresentation, and to tap into the dormant spaces of critical and whimsical play nestled inside others. By means of performative research, I sketch out a realm that ranges from provocative tropes within pop culture to history formation. Through quick-witted storytelling and critique, I create a (hyper)reality show of distorted nonhuman characters that question authenticity and reveal layers of depth in the superficial.