Usually, the Venice Art Biennale is taking place in the years of odd numbers, but this year its different, because Wilfried is making his big Biennale jumps today, because usually “La Biennale” is starting in the 1st days of June, and today on 9 June the Biennale is running already one or two days, when Wilfried is joing the event via his participation in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, thanks to two persons – Caterina Davinio, famous for her net poetry and Doron Polak, who will later join the Shoah Film Collection and The d/i/light Memorial and the events in Riga and Vilnius.
Italy is probably Wilfried’s favourite country and for sure Venice is his favourite city – really many wonderful memories are conntected with all the numerous visits starting already when Wilfried was a child. In 2005, Wilfried is attending Venice Biennale for the 1st and only time, on occasion of his participation at Hic et Nunc, the exhibition event @ San Vito al Tagliamento and Venice is not far.
49th Venice Biennale 2001
50th Venice Biennale 2003
51st Venice Biennale 2005
52nd Venice Biennale 2007
53rd Venice Biennale 2009
49th Venice Biennale 2001 – – Azione Parallela Bunker by Caterina Davinio 7 June 2001
PARALLEL ACTION – BUNKER (49th Venice Biennial, general director Harald Szeemann, virtual happening for the Bunker Poetico) technology: e-mailed poems and visual poetry, web site, html, gif, jpg, e-mail and web communication. In the contest of the Poetry Bunker. 60 poets and artists connected with Karenina.it Redaction, sent their contribution by e-mail, which were published in real time during a real happening at the Orsogrill delle Artiglierie (A Net of Voices). Presented in numerous international sites, in the essay Techno-Poetry and Virtual Realities, Mantova 2002).
POETRY BUNKER(Marco Nereo Rotelli Curator) in the 49th Venice Biennial (General Curator: Harald Szeemann)
A net-poetry event (the online happening “Parallel-Action-Bunker”) was featured in the Biennale di Venezia in 2001. It was produced and curated by the digital artist and poet Caterina Davinio in the context of Bunker Poetico, a collaborative installation by the artist Marco Nereo Rotelli which involved 1,000 international poets. The virtual happening “Azione-Parellala-Bunker” (Parallel Action-Bunker) was held online contemporaneously with real performances at Orsogrill delle Artiglierie, a real space of the Venice Biennale. With this event, a relationship was created between real and virtual poetry events – a new connective and collective network of poetry, based on communication, and similar to some events and happenings organized by Fluxus, e-mail art and relational art, and including Wilfried1
50th Venice Biennale 2003 – Wandering Library Project curated by Doron Polak
@ Venice Jewish Museum
Agricola’s “Book of Violence” participates in “Wandering Library Project” curated by Doron Pollak at 50th Venice Biennale.
He is participating in another BLOGWORK project
Global Poetry (21–27 March 2002) : a multi-located event with simultaneous performances, screenings and poetry readings in Italia, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia, Germany, France and other countries. 122 poets and artists were involved and websites and video documents were created. In October 2003 this project was published on the official website of the 50th Venice Biennale, in the context of the online exhibition BlogWork-The NetWork is the ArtWork (project curated by ASAC, Venice). “Global Poetry” was also included in the Rhizome Net.art database (NYC – USA).
51st Venice Biennale 2005 – Isola della Poesia – curated by Achile Bonito Oliva – 8 June – 15 September 2005
Virtual Island: a net-poetry happening online, created by Caterina Davinio in 2005; it was included in Isola della Poesia, a collateral exhibition of the 51st Venice Biennale. 500 poets were involved. Isola della poesia was a real installation by the artist and architect Marco Nereo Rotelli on San Secondo Island, in Venice. This event in Venice was curated by the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva. The real installation had a simultaneous virtual space online called Virtual Island, created by Caterina Davinio in collaboration with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, where poets from around the world could write poems during the Venice Biennale. The participants included emerging and established poets, such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Fernanda Pivano, Adunis. The opening of the exhibition “Isola della poesia” – with poetry readings by international poets – was organized on board of the ship “Il Doge”, which navigated in the Venice Lagoon during the Venice Biennale opening (video document), and including Wilfreid!
52nd Venice Biennale 2007 – Divine_in.tent – curated by Doron Polak & Amir Cohen – 7-30 June 2007
Wilfried is participating with two videos!
53rd Venice Biennale 2009 – Scalamata Gallery – “Souvenir Art” – International Artists Museum – 6-26 June 2009