Rod Summers in Venice

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Rod Summers in Venice

Most of you know that, beginning next month, Rod Summers has a five week residency in Venice at the Emily Harvey Foundation. He will arrive on the 16th of February and leave on the 23 of March 2009.

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Comment by Rod Summers on March 19, 2009 at 10:28pm
This morning a man with a Mac came to tweak the Internet connection in the apartment, he came with Davidson and Sylvia from The Emily Harvey Foundation and at the time they arrived I was watching a lecture by Richard Dawkins on the Internet, an activity I recommend to all:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html
When the visitors had left Liz and I walked across the island to take a vaporetto number 42 across to Murano a journey of 10 minutes via the cemetery. Vaporetto are the Venice version of buses, nice noisy boats that bump their way along the Canal Grande and between the islands that make up greater Venice.
When we left the sun was at full strength and it was warm enough for me to remove one layer on clothing insulation.
Just in case there are one or two of my readers who haven’t been to Venice before me… yes I’m sure there must be at least one or two of you, Murano is the island where craftsmen turn glass into artworks, some dire kitsch and some the most exquisite art… but then life is like that.
We were fortunate enough to have been informed by Dorina Petronino about one of furnaces on Murano, the Berengo Studio which is the one which is dedicating itself to the production of glass works in small editions based upon the designs of prominent contemporary artists like Koen van Mechelen, Juan Ripollés and Jan Fabre. Our further good fortune was to meet Brunello Valter there who was kind enough to give us a personal guided tour and even show us the new gallery of the studio which will be officially opened in June of this year in time for the Venice biennale.
I have to admit watching craftsmen at work is something I find fascinating, watching a team of three master craftsman produce a work of art at the Berengo Studio was captivating, I wish I had gone over to Murano earlier in my stay and then made several visits to document the activities of these glass masters. In today’s short visit I only made a few photographs but enough to realize this is a fascinating subject for a more in depth study. In all today I made 120 photographs and 15 minutes of sound recording. A few of the photographs are here below.
On our return boat trip it was clear that the weather is about to change, the sea was quite choppy and the sky full of threatening clouds. We will see what tomorrow brings.
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