On April 17, 2018, at 9pm, Christian Marclay performed an improvisation titled <i>Found in Venice</i> in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi, as part of the New Echoes festival. For forty-five minutes Marclay, wearing red gloves, manipulated a number of different objects he had collected during a ride in a rowboat in Venice over the course of the previous day, accompanied by cellist Okkyung Lee and percussionist Luc Müller.


Christian Marclay
<u>Text</u><br> <b>Martin Bethenod</b><br>





<span class="alinea"></span>During his boat trip, Marclay found two raffia brooms; ping-pong balls; a dozen yellow balloons; a broken wooden banister; a hand-cranked egg beater; a 25-liter tank of sunflower oil; a 100-liter container made of blue metal; glass beads in a variety of colors; a bobbin of about ten meters of white string (unwound); two Tibetan bowls; three mooring buoys, one white, one blue, and one orange; a bottle of San Francesco mineral water; several crumpled bottles of Kofftee, an energy drink created by Albert Oehlen, bearing the slogan <i>you will never sleep again!</i>; several branches, including one of bay laurel; a set of clothes-brushes; an Italian espresso machine; a vegetable crate; the hood of a 15-horsepower outboard engine; empty, folded moving boxes; an ashtray in the shape of a saucer; a red shopping cart; a set of wooden coat hangers; a scallop shell; confetti; a manhole cover; a rusted dolly; a red metal disk approximately 50 cm in diameter, attached to a piece of blue rope; a set of disks used in a sander; two foam pads in the shape of giant Eskimos, striped in green, white, and red; two vegetable sponges; a piece of steel wool; a piece of a sunken ship, painted pale blue; a metal stepladder with five steps; test prints of invitations to the openings of exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana from 2018; a small handheld fishing net; a larger fishing net with a .5-cm mesh; a 3-meter-long orange hose; flyers for the exhibition “Debout!” (taking place in Rennes, from June 22 to September 9, 2018); a whisk for making Matcha green tea; several more kitchen whisks; pieces of glass and ceramics; copies of the newspapers <i>Il Gazzettino, La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera</i>, and a zine for The Skateroom project; a set of wooden mallets; a damaged wooden pallet; two umbrellas; a wooden plank; a red metal dish; two stainless-steel coolers from the Swiss Consulate; two mismatched oars; a 1.5-meter-long log; a shopping cart; a shopping bag with a flower motif; a bicycle seat; two swivel stools (designed by Jonathan de Pas, Donato d'Urbino, and Paolo Lomazzi and manufactured by Zanotta); three white Marius stackable stools from Ikea, designed by Ola Wihlborg; stanchions and informational labels from Palazzo Grassi; a sawhorse; two rusted steel pipes, 1.5 meters long and 5 centimeters long; a shower hose; a stovepipe, around 3 meters long; a red suitcase with wheels. <br> <br> <span class="alinea"></span>The performance was watched by 321 silent and focused viewers (seventy people, unfortunately, could not be accommodated).

<div class="notes">The New Echoes festival was organized in collaboration with the Swiss Confederation; Pro Helvetia, a foundation promoting Swiss culture; and the Metropolitan Jazz Area festival, with Enrico Bettinello serving as artistic director.</div>
 
 

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