A project for a public space developed during my residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice,
‚Blue’ is the poetic colour of longing of German romanticism. In the English language ‚blue’ may describe a melancholic state of mind. Dreamlike poetry and still melancholy also overlie Venice and its hidden alleys, bewitched palaces and old churches. It is this unreal and timeless atmosphere that I wish to enhance with „La Notte Blu“.
Soap bubble machines are placed on the tower of San Marco and fill the nightly sky above the island with thousands of shimmering soap bubbles that are illuminated by blue spotlights and visible for miles around.
Singers with megaphones stand on the upper platform of the tower facing south, west, north and east. They send out sacral doxologies from Christianity, the Islam, Judaism and Buddhism to the cardinal points. Like in a canon the voices set in individually, merge into a hymn of praise and detach themselves again from each other.
Idea, audio-visual concept and direction:
Gisela Weimann, Venice-Berlin 2009-2010
The project is dedicated with deep gratitude
to Emily Harvey and to Ulrike Zirkel