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Weekend Specials. State of Exception

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Arsenale-Corderie, stage D, August 23 and 24
08 | 23 | 2014

A discussion around the themes of the project, the preservation and the state of exception

Coordinated by: Spacelab (Luca Silenzi + Zoè Chantall Monterubbiano)
Art Direction: FOLDER (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)
Contributors: Lucia Allais, Paolo Bettini, Renata Codello, Fabrizio Gallanti, Joseph Grima, Manuel Orazi, Ippolito Pestellini, Luca Silenzi, SocksStudio-Microcities (Fosco Lucarelli, Mariabruna Fabrizi), Cristiano Toraldo di Francia.
The seventh appointment with the Weekend Specials, titled State of Exception, is presented by Spacelab Architects (Luca Silenzi + Zoè Monterubbiano).
A two-day round table discussion around the themes of the project, the preservation and the state of exception, not only in architecture, not only in Italy, will take place in the context of the exhibition Monditalia at the Corderie of Arsenale,  August 23rd and 24th, stage D.
Italy is the country with the most significant historical and natural heritage in the world, and also the one who first gave itself, over a century ago, the bodies and strict regulations for its preservation, so as to fix this attention in the founding principles of its own republican constitution.
But conservation for conservation spawned two paradoxes: on the one hand the unruly drift for anything that is not covered by the rules of preservation. On the other hand, autistic immobility within the enclaves of conservation, which don’t allow the freshness and openness to the differences that have always marked the history of Italian architecture. While some exceptional works - think to Casa Malaparte in Capri - have been undertaken, in spite of everything and all current regulations notwithstanding.
State of Exception wants to promote some "ad absurdum" arguments regarding Italy's problematic relationship with its context and its historical legacy, widening attention on the critical nature of these issues even outside the Italian borders.
The Weekend Specials, conceived as part of the exhibition Monditalia, will be programmed by different contributors, often the same as those in the permanent exhibition, and it will unfold in diverse formats: documentaries, workshops, lectures, debates, shows and performances, in the Arsenale’s Corderie. Weekend Specials animates the Arsenale on weekends, as counterpart to the program Freeport; both essential part of the Meetings on Architecture, organized by la Biennale di Venezia.
The extended calendar of all the meetings happening during the six months of the Exhibition is available at
During the Weekend Special, as a State of Exception exclusive side-event, Le mépris (1963) by Jean Luc Godard in full and restored version will be screened in the stage E at the Arsenale-Corderie, with legendary Casa Malaparte in Capri as one of the shooting locations.
Saturday August 23rd, 3:00 pm
Corderie dell’Arsenale, Stage D
Luca Silenzi - Rule, derogation and exception in architecture
Paolo Bettini - Preservation and tanathophobia
Fabrizio Gallanti - Usucapio | I fought the law and the law won
Joseph Grima - Italian exceptions
Manuel Orazi - Critical editions
Socks Studio (Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli) - The atemporal condition

Sunday August 24th, 3:00 pm
Corderie dell’Arsenale, Stage D
Renata Codello - Dealing with architectural glassware
Lucia Allais - The Italo-globalization of preservation
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia - Superstudio VS Context
Ippolito Pestellini + James Westcott - OMA/AMO -  RE-
The program may be subject to change.
The Meetings are open to the public visiting the 14th Exhibition in possession of a valid ticket.
Ticket price € 25,00 – Concessionary Ticket Price € 22/20 – Students/Under 26 € 15,00.  Tickets are valid for one admission to the Arsenale and one to the Giardini.
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