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salt, plaster

dimensions of a standard Venetian brick 


Module is an artwork made during a workshop organized and curated by a group of young artists working and living in Venice. Contemporarily, it is also an initiative to provide these artists with a base that would act as a working space, open to events and collaborations.

Absorbing lagoon water, bricks of Venetian palaces also absorb salt. During the drying process, the salt molecules expand, thus causing the plaster to fall off the walls and bricks to break down and turn to powder. These residual materials were collected and reused to form a brick, representing a module; a fundamental, independent unit that can be used to construct. The module is made of salt, collected off the walls that discharged it. The pulverized plaster fallen off these same walls is used as pigment to manufacture paint with which the module is covered. In this symbolic recomposition, the principal brick material is interchanged, but the fragility level of both remains the same. With time, Module will dissolve and return to powder and it is on sale for the asking price of the building. The buyer of the artwork will keep three photographs and three test tubes of primary materials that were used for the realization of the artwork, all of which form a part of the Module installation. The money will be used to purchase the building in which Module was created with the intention of providing a familiar, yet challenging place of reference for artistic activities that young artists working in Venice have long been in need of. By this point in the future, the initial artwork will have dissolved, and the building itself will become a Module: an independent fundamental unit that can be used to construct.

This project was realised during a residency period and with the support of Gervasutti Foundation.

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