Speirein

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Client: European Cultural Centre - Italy (ECC)

Location: Venice, Italy

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $160,000

Project Team

Computational Design

Jeg Dudley

AKT II, London

Curator

Vittoria Mastrolilli

ECC Italy

Curator

Bianca Bonaldi

ECC Italy

Organization

Lorenzo Scarpa

ECC Italy

Logistics and Installation

Barbara De Zorzi

Interlinea, Venice

Production and Communications

Megan Koza Mitchell

DeWitt Godfrey Studio

Fabrication

Thaddaeus Rowe

DeWitt Godfrey Studio

Fabrication

Kalia Zizi Bell

DeWitt Godfrey Studio

Sponsor

Keith Woods

Central Steel Service, Pelham, AL, USA

Sponsor

Jason Walling

Custom Laser, Lockport, NY, USA

Lead Sponsor

Tracey Hucks, Dean of Faculty

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, USA

Sponsor

Hanif Kara

AKT II, London

Overview

Sperein, blends the beauty and infinite gesture of mathematics while simultaneously remaining grounded in the natural world and how the natural world comes into physical existence. Created specifically for Time, Space, Existence, a satellite exhibition for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, organized by the European Cultural Centre (ECC) is composed of packed conical elements, approximately 430cm in diameter and 430cm high, Sperein invites visitors to interact with the structure, their views of the surrounding environment constantly shifting and framed by a complex interplay of overlapping light and shadow, immersing viewers in an interpenetrative world of dynamic form. The title, Sperein, meaning to sow, derives from the root of the Greek word for spore, spora, a reproductive unit capable of giving rise to new individual units without sexual fusion, a self-contained creative force, spontaneously generating new life, generating new forms and knowledge.

Goals

Sperein, created specifically for Time, Space, Existence, a satellite exhibition for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, organized by the European Cultural Centre (ECC), needed to be of sufficient scale to complement the site in the Giardini della Marinaressa yet not so large as to overwhelm, a visual and physical anchor for the exhibition.