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Vedute Manoeuvre- video

Brennan, Tim (2011) Vedute Manoeuvre- video. The Knowledge, 4 Jun - 27 Nov 2011, 54th Venice Biennale’Gervasuti Foundation.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition


This performance and publication formed an aspect of the Exhibition ‘The Knowledge’ (a group exhibition of international artists curated by James Putnam) exhibited in the 54th Venice Biennale at Gervasuti Foundation. Brennan was specifically interested in the idea of the physical and psychological ‘view’ of an environment and how it might affect our knowledge of a place. This is especially pertinent to Venice when one considers the development of Venetian art. Canaletto was an exponent of what was to become known as ‘Veduta’ – a view painting (Plural: Vedute).

Brennan adopted a number of Canaletto images of St. Marks Square as
way-markers to form the spine of a route to be walked by participants. The walker utilised a collection of view-cards (15x8x6” in all) each of which presents a different Canaletto (reproduction) view of the Palazzo. The reverse of each view-card carries a quotation that contrasts that of Caneletto’s image whilst keying into the City’s fictional and factual past. (e.g.the Camponile/bell tower is coupled with a Marinetti quote relating to the Futurist manifesto being launched from the site in 1910).

‘Vedute’ has been performed on several occasions by groups to tour St. Mark’s Square
This involves them reading the cards aloud. The periods of travel between each station enables conversational exchanges, attention to the built environment and everyday phenomena. In this way the artwork sucks the ‘everyday’ into its framework.

A performance at the opening of ‘The Knowledge’ involved Brennan orchestrating participants to read from the cards aloud whilst being transported on a workman’s barge

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Additional Information: Key research question: Through the manoeuvre, can art-tourism acquire a shared aesthetic level of critical engagement? Dissemination: The project has gained significant dissemination through publicity re. ‘The Knowledge’ (it’s worldwide publicity) as a result of James Putnam’s previous projects, ‘Distortion’ and ‘Library’ produced for Venice Biennale (2007, 2009) which gained positive critical reviews. Further exhibition of the publication/view cards was then included in the touring exhibition: ‘Walk On - 40 Years of Art Walking’ and its supporting publication. The edition of ‘view cards/quotations’ is published by Information as material (, distribution through Cornerhouse and formed part of the London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery (2011). The project was supported by British Council, via ‘The Knowledge’ and the University of Sunderland.
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2013 09:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 09:07


Author: Tim Brennan

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design


Fine Art > Art in Context

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