João Gomes da Silva; João Nunes
A space is made within which the visitor can view student work side by side with the non-academic professional work of the professors. One glimpses two worlds, both enriched by the sharing of ideas, observations and research work. They present projects within a blue enclosure conjuring up the mysterious atmosphere of Venice.
As landscape architects, João Nunes and João Gomes da Silva offer a very special perspective on the world. They bring this to Venice in the way that they describe the public space of the water as a “public space coming from the Sea”, or a “calm body of water which is the real public space connected with a larger body of water which is the Mediterranean”. The public space is described as being alive and moving with the flow of the water. They describe the natural elements “water and fog are the same material... there is an absence of gravity, of clear memory of physical limits”. This sensibility results in the capacity to re-present a place to oneself afresh, re-imagining it each time with new words, new images, new observations.
In this exhibit we witness the presence of this key creative skill needed in the making of new imaginary worlds.