The Ice Monolith
A monolith of ice of the Alps appears in Venice along the shore in Riva Cà di Dio and melts in the summer sun. A kubrickian metaphor questioning the serious process that is affecting the planet. Stefano Cagol, based in a village in the Alps and just back from projects in the Arctic region, is witnessing the ongoing vanishing of the so called “eternal ice”. Ice melts to water. Water that in the next decades risks to overwhelm the most sensitive areas of the globe – firstly Maldives (but also Venice). Alps and Maldives, ice and sun, so far but so close, connected by the same fate. The Ice Monolith is a few hour‐action process which will happen during the opening: A disappearance. Its video documentation is on view in the Pavilion. In a further video installation mountains emerge from water – or disappear into it. Dilemmas, resources, strategies, utopias are faced also in a platform involving a wide circle; from curators to researchers, from dialogues to concerts, in different moments and places – will capture the Maldives Pavilion in Venice, by Stefano Cagol’s studio at VIR Viafarini‐in‐residence in Milan, on the web, and on the top of alpine glaciers.