Dr Zara Stanhope, Chris Sharp
Palazzina Canonica, Riva dei Sette Martiri, Castello 1364A
Dane Mitchell’s Post Hoc exhibition will symbolically revive vanished, extinct and defunct phenomena, ranging from forgotten words, to ghost towns and former nations. Via 5 cell-phone stealth towers installed in public sites around Venice, a melancholic archive will be broadcasted. Listeners will be able to tune in to over 10,000 entities named each day, encompassing an encyclopedic range of subjects, from lists of known black holes, disappeared sounds and extinct birds to former national anthems. Each list provokes a range of emotions: wonder, amusement and melancholy.
To hear the entire set of more than 300 lists, you would have to listen eight hours a day over the entire seven months of the Art Biennale. You can however also find the lists in tangible form in the Palazzina’s emptied historic library, where the lines of texts are printed on rolls of paper in sync with the transmissions.
The lists should inspire us to consider our relationship and responsibility to this myriad of things that are no more. Post Hoc relates to topical global concerns, such as climate change, depletion of resources and technological obsolescence.
Dane Mitchell’s practice is concerned with physical reality in its intersection with the intangible and visible manifestations of other dimensions. His work teases out the potential for objects and ideas to be present, evoking a connection between the sensual and the conscious. Mitchell’s practice speculates on our understanding of the material world and explores experiences of systems of knowledge or belief. Mitchell has held 30 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 group exhibitions.
Dr Zara Stanhope
Dr Zara Stanhope has 20 years’ curatorial experience in lead roles in art institutions in New Zealand and Australia. She is the Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art at Australia’s Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Her curatorial practice spans over 70 curated and co-curated exhibitions and she is widely published in books and catalogues.
Chris Sharp is a writer and independent curator based in Mexico City, where he co-runs the project space Lulu. He has curated a multitude of international exhibitions and contributed essays to many catalogues. Formerly news editor at Flash Art International and editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope, he is a contributing editor of Art Review and of Art-Agenda.
“From our current perspective, the history of progress looks more like a history of obsolescence, in which case a retrospective gaze gains a particular importance. Responding to this, Post hoc seeks to symbolically re-materialise unseen, vanished and defunct phenomena in the present.”
Dr Zara Stanhope and Chris Sharp
The New Zealand pavilion is located in the beautiful neo-Renaissance Palazzino Canonica in front of the Venetian lagoon, which was built by Pietro Canonica (1869 – 1959). He was an Italian sculptor and composer and appointed senator for life by Luigi Einaudi in 1950. Palazzina Canonica is now home to the Historical Library of Adriatic Studies of the ISMAR-Institute of Marine Sciences. ISMAR is a research institution which is part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), to who Canonica donated his residence. After your visit to the pavilion, you can follow my ‘Secret itinerary from Palazzo Ducale to Giardini’, which includes this palazzo.
If you want to know more about the Art Biennale 2019 and the other national participations, you can read my post ‘What to expect from the Art Biennale 2019’, or have a look at this overview page which links to all the articles related to the Biennale. If you want to be informed about new previews of national pavilions being added to the site, you can subscribe to The Venice Insider biweekly newsletter.
(Picture in banner: Dane Mitchell, Post hoc, 2019, Digital Working Drawing © The Artist)
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