The video installation Lagoon gleam is the aesthetic and conceptual transposition of the main themes of the exhibition, and constitutes its main framework and scenography. The animated loop synthesizes and superimposes the different levels of meaning of each of the four sections, with a series of symbolic and dreamlike frescoes, with continuous references between different points of view.
The theme of the hands, which recalls the act of “thinking with the hands” typical of the design process, intersects with the natural elements that forge the glass, the minute nets of fishermen that emerge from the water and become precious dressed in lace, the inverted forest that founds Venice and that makes each column correspond to an underwater tree that supports it, the kaleidoscope that never stands still and is constantly reconfigured for the gestural intervention of the hands, like a mischievous carnival joke.
Symbols, visions, symbolic objects, urban themes act as a bridge between tradition and innovation in the exhibition and in Lagoon Gleam merge in a visual landscape that tries to reproduce the uncontrolled beauty of the city. The graphic aesthetic combines Chinese characters and symbols with Venetian symbols, creating a series of parallels and references between Venice and Suzhou, Italy and China, the East and the West. A sound base superimposes the noises of the dock of a port, the noises of the tinkling glass, the gurgling of the water that reverberates enveloping the viewer in a timeless bubble.
Michele Brunello, curator XPortVenice