Postmodern Postmortems: Art to Highlight Social Issues in Venice, Italy

YEAR: 2009 | TERM: D


Interactive Installations


Brendan J. Turcotte


Frederick W. Bianchi

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the WPI Venice Project Center, we are launching the Venice 2.0 Initiative. The “Postmodern Postmortem” is a product this initiative. The basic concept is to use art as a means to highlight the key findings that emerged from the over 120 projects that were conducted in Venice since 1988. It is the desire of the Venice 2.0 Initiative to develop 20 "installations" to be scattered throughout Venice to pique the interest of passersby, hinting at some of the issues that have affected Venice in recent years. We plan to make these displays very subtle, engaging the senses, and deeply meaningful. The installations will be coordinated throughout the city. We also hope to engage young people in these urban issues through the use of gaming and artistic expression. The goal is to provide a blueprint for implementation of these installations. In addition to being used by the Venice 2.0 Initiative, such a blueprint could be used by urban youth to produce their own artistic commentary on the issues.