1730- Fort Intemporal - Forte Marghera

Fort Intemporal
Art Installation in an architectural context.
BOBBY FOGEL architect│WENDY KROCHMAL artist
LUCA BERTAFRANCESCA GIUBILEI curators │ DESIGN.VE
23.05 - 25.11 2018│Opening hours 10.00 - 22.00

The mark of time on the roofless vestige of Forte Marghera, has left its ground cracked and walls
aged. The spirit of the place, the past events and the function felt throughout the building are
undeniable. In order to accentuate the Genius Loci of this building, the ancient Japanese art of
Kintsugi, (also known as Kintsukuroi) has been used. Breakage and damage are part of the history
of the fort, its imperfections make it unique and beautiful. As a philosophy, the golden Kintsugi
lacquer is used to emphasise imperfections, the mends and seams for these characteristics define
an object, or in this case, a place - and make it unique. Kintsugi has similarities with the Japanese
philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is an embracing of the flawed or the imperfection, and is also related
to the Japanese philosophy of Mushin, which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment,
acceptance of change and fate as aspects of the human condition.This ideology is applicable to life.
It encourages us to respect what is damaged and wounded, vulnerable and imperfect.
The installation’s visitor should be moved to feel that imperfection is beautiful, that where breakage
has left a scar, be it of a physical or psychological nature, this will result in a new composition
which is unique and stronger. Being in the building should awaken emotions, feelings and be an
invitation to discuss personal history and experiences and ultimately create positive energy.
Murano glass being such an important feature of Venice, at Fort Intemporal it has been brought
into dialogue with the art of Kintsugi and its historical vestige. Thus, the Kintsugi golden lacquer
is replaced by a mix of topaz and golden coloured Murano glass particles, which are fixed to the
surfaces of the cracks and crevices in the floor and walls of the structure. The noble colour of
the glass enhance the cracks, without attempting to repair them.

Acknowledgements:
Special thanks to Fondazione Forte Marghera for this beautiful location.
Special thanks to Giulia Glerean, Manuela Ceresoli and Paolo Galli,
students of Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia for their precious help.