Cross Pollinat/in Venice is part of Sonic Soundings / Venice Trajectories curated by Erika Tan which is a form of intervention, a sonic counterpart to the 57th Venice Biennale. Sonic Soundings arises from the practice in nautical or navigational charting where a sonic signal is released in anticipation of an echo is used as a metaphor to (re)map the Biennale through fluid encounters, borderless connections and archipelagic thinking.
Cross Pollinat/In Venice is a unique pollination of ideas and backgrounds of three Indian individuals living in New Delhi and London, surpassing territorial and linguistic barriers to germinate in Venice. It is a bi- lingual (mix of Hindi and English) audio walk which has taken its initial inspiration from Piazza San Marco, considering the existing scenario of its flooding every year, as it sits just above the sea level. The impact that flooding has on the everyday lives of the people in Venice, the restaurant workers, the small shop owners and citizens was pivotal in connecting it to similar situations in a place thousands of kilometres, across many territories away in India. Also, the geography of Venice as a whole, a city by the lagoon, has been used as a metaphor to a human being, who can similarly become an entity of ever-changing fluid edges and boundaries.
Top Photograph by: Marco Secchi/Getty
Bottom Photographs by: David Lees/Corbis, AP, Andrea Merola/EPA, AFP/Getty