See Another Sea
See Another Sea, 2019
Protocol, poem, mirrored letters stamped on T-shirts, time (201 days), daily performance
The poem See Another Sea consists of 201 verses, one for each day of the Biennale. In the pavilion, the poem is revealed to the public in daily fragments, almost imperceptibly. Each verse is an invitation, a gesture of hospitality that encourages visitors to come inside the pavilion and engage in dialogue with Alberto, its invigilator and guardian. Alberto wears a white T-shirt with a different verse on it for every day of the Biennale. Thanks to this “infra-thin” gesture, the exhibition almost imperceptibly changes day by day. As the invigilator, guardian and guide of the pavilion, Alberto is the first witness – and living memory – of the public’s reaction to the work. Indeed, more than the work itself, what counts are the reactions and experiences it prompts. Alberto thus follows spectators on their personal journey through the pavilion. Between mantra and haiku, See Another Sea epitomizes the spirit of the pavilion, which in an essential breath attempts to touch upon the evanescence of existence by appealing to all senses.