LODOVICA GUARNIERI
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Amphibious Geologies
video and photographic installation, 2020
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Film stills. Amphibious Geologies, 2020
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Lagoons are amphibious chemical, biological and geological ecosystems. Neither solely terrestrial, nor aquatic, they connect inhabitants and environments in a flux of accumulation and dissolution of different durations – from seconds to deep-time. Yet, in Venice this dynamic is tamed by heritage regulations whereby the city and the Lagoon’s survival depend on the preservation of land as separate to water. Amphibious Geologies aims to rethink heritage by staging a conversation between scientists and restorers around pollution in Venice and its connection to marbles dissolution and biochemical disruption in marine shelled organisms. As archives of water-rock-body relations, marbles and marine creatures constitute an interspecies kinship that transgresses environments and collapses temporalities. Their mutual relations urge us to imagine the political possibilities of wet-togetherness.



Acknowledgments: Mario Cherido (LARES Restauri); Dr. Sandra Donnici (CNR-IGG); Dr. Lidia Fersuoch; Dr. Irene Guarneri (CNR-ISMAR); Dr. Giacomo di Montereale Gavazzi (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences), Dr. Giles Miller (Natural History Museum, London)