SECRET POWER Simon Denny at the Marco Polo Airport

New Zealand - Biennale Arte 2015

New Zealand Pavilion Venice Biennale: Marco Polo Airport, Arrivals Lounge 9 May - 22 November 2015 

Secret Power 
Simon Denny is the first Biennale artist to use the terminal at Marco Polo Airport, designed by architect Gian Paolo Mar. Here, people converge from all over the world. For most visitors, it is their first point of contact with Venice. Extending through the arrivals lounge, Denny’s installation will operate between national borders, mixing the languages of commercial display, contemporary airport interior design, and historical representations of the value of knowledge.  The Airport terminal—a busy hub for millions of travellers—incorporates restricted spaces, surveillance spaces, and interrogation spaces, and is equipped with high-tech security systems. Denny has ‘dragged-and-dropped’ two actual-size photographic reproductions of the Library’s decorated interior across the floor and walls of the arrivals lounge, traversing the border between Schengen and non-Schengen space. The installation incorporates plaques that reproduce examples of early maps from the Library’s collection, which could be mistaken for advertisements for what’s currently on show there.

Simon Denny, "Plaque (Claudius Ptolemy, Geography)", 2015.
Photo: Paolo Monello.

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Project Leader: Creative New Zealand, Arts Council New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
Key Partner: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Supporting Partners: City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi and Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
The initiative is also generously supported by the NZ at Venice Patrons, Galerie Buchholz, Michael Lett, Petzel Gallery, T293, Arounder.com/Vrway communication, Save S.p.A Group (Marco Polo Airport), and from Liv Barrett, Lonti Ebers, Danny and Lisa Goldberg, Friedrich Petzel, Jackson Tang, and other private donors.

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