The International Venice Art Biennale is a prestigious and world-known cultural event more than 120 years old.
It is multi-faceted, multi-layered, and multi-national.
Since, 1895 large groups of tourists, students, academics and practitioners from all over the world have visited the historical and spectacular settings of the Arsenale and Giardini exhibition areas to get inspired, to scrutinize, and to critically discuss the newest developments and experiments within the contemporary art-world.
This booklet makes in its own way a small contribution to this grand history and heritage by taking a point of departure in the CRAFT research project, and the work done by 50 university students, teachers and practitioners from across Europe participating in a five-day Workshop and Biennale Session, held at La Biennale di Venezia in September 2019. The participating students, teachers and practitioners represented a mix of disciplines like Art History, Architectural Design-Engineering, Interior & Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Performance Theatre. From countries such as Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Slovenia.
The aim of this booklet is thus on the one hand, to document the critical-creative explorations of a series of talented young students conducted during La Biennale di Venezia 2019. On the other hand, the booklet presents a teaching and learning experiment engaging in a series of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborations, testing what happens with the perception of art and cultural heritage when the boundaries of the traditional disciplines deliberately dissolve, mix and blend.