The atelier views La Serenissima as a landscape in constant transformation – submerged beneath its waters, it rises and reveals itself through the lens of a territory with all the experiential, environmental, cultural, and social associations of a fragile Venice. The atelier sought to investigate this territory through a new way of looking at the city – a cloud of Venetian artifacts gathered from across the Lagoon and tethered to the Querini Stampalia which, through its chimeric nature, acts like a micro-Venice of architectural uncertainty.
The cloud becomes a registering device of different scales from the extents of the Lagoon to the confines of the Cabinetti. A tool for collection, collation and studied manipulation through a purposeful blurring of dimension and duration with the intent of drawing out strange Venetian contingencies. Caught between the sea and the sky, the condition of the liquified city allowed for a reading of Venice as a maritime chart, an almost bathymetric study of its historical depths, where a hierarchical system of ‘flotsam’, ‘jetsam’, 'lagan' and 'derelict' informed architectural moves in relation to the existing fabric of the city.