Walking in Circles
A mixed-media exhibition by Alan Rogers of new work inspired by Venice
8-18 December 2015
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica
Throughout October, November and December 2015 during his residency at La Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Alan has been using a variety of methodology and materials to document unique, focused mythogeographical walks within the boundaries of Venice and the lagoon. There’s a research-based blog that accompanies this work, which is what P.D.A. Harvey calls “a deliberately disorderly mix of fact, fiction and fantasy, compiled from personal observation, hearsay, and a variety of historical and poetic sources”. https://www.alanrogersart.co.uk/walking-in-circles-blog/
Central to Alan’s thinking during this period is the idea of the ‘democratic city’ inspired by De Barbari’s ‘Venetie’ woodcut map from 1500, the writing of Michel de Certeau, Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’ and contemporary art practitioners involved with ‘walking as practice’. Of particular interest to Alan is what he calls ‘the spaces in-between’: the plethora of flyers, advertisements and graffiti covering every small space between buildings: on drainpipes, gas supply covers, overhead beams and disused window shutters. This is a Venetian ‘intranet’, revealing countless stories of struggle, ambition and dreams, should we know how to read it.