Effetto Venturi #06

Gianni Pettena. The architecture of art

Peep-Hole opens a new cycle of Effetto Venturi with Gianni Pettena at Museo del Novecento in Milan. At the end of the two-day workshop, Pettena held a conference open to the public to discuss the topics of non-functional spatial development and temporary urban transformations. 

“The past forty years bear witness to a focus on the visitation and invention of spaces that the art world has shown to be the richest in strategies, also on a conceptual level … a history of architecture that has never been written but is a source of inspiration and invention for architects, who rarely cite the sources from which they drawn their survival strategies … practicing architecture with the instruments of art … rediscovering the architect in you … organizing spaces … designing starting early in the morning … employing a language … analysis and material … thought and action … nature and artifice … ornament and crime …” (Gianni Pettena)

Effetto Venturi is a cycle of seminars and meetings on issues tied to the transmission of artistic know-how. The title is inspired by the “Venturi effect”, the hydrodynamic paradox whereby the velocity of a fluid increases when it flows through a constricted section of pipe. This principle of physics thus becomes a possible metaphor for the dynamics each artist enacts through research, production and the transmission of artistic knowledge to younger generations of artists. 

The first season of Effetto Venturi, conducted in 2011–12 and focusing on the Italian scene, is now being followed by a new cycle that extends the investigation to the international setting. It involves artists who, for years, have participated actively in conveying artistic knowledge through their teaching and research outside Italy.

Effetto Venturi is conducted with the contribution of the Fondazione Cariplo.