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Wednesday, 6 May 2015 10:51:28 a.m.

"Imaginary Date Line"
Friday May 8, 2pm, Venice, (UTC+01:00)
Teatro Marinoni
Location: Lungomare Gabrielle D’Annunzio 1, Venice / Lido 

Darcell Apelu, Jeremy Leatinu'u, Janet Lilo, Vea Mafile’o, Pilimi Manu, Nova Paul, 
Shannon Te Ao, Rik Wilson      

as part of 
Pane per poveri - 72 hours, May 6 - 8 , 2015


Janet Lilo 

Janet Lilo, Whipping Boy, 2006. Video Still.


Samoa, officially known as the Independent State of Samoa is an Oceanian country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. In 2010, Samoa decided to switch time zones by moving the International Date Line from its western to its eastern border on December 29, 2011. A day was lost in the calendar. The International Date Line (IDL) runs from the north to the south poles and demarcates the change of one calendar day to the next. As a construction of human mind, it is an imaginary line. It passes through the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly following the 180° longitude but deviating to pass around some territories and island groups.


Inspired by the day Samoa skipped (or lost) some years ago, the screening program, Imaginary Date Line is a selection of video art, made by artists from the Pacific region, many of whom live in New Zealand. These works are vastly different and produced by artists of diverse backgrounds, though connections run across the selection. The concept of whakapapa, or genealogy, structures the works presented – ancestors mingle with their descendants; move through them, speak through them. Each work makes use of the durational qualities of video, teasing out pace and rhythm, the past and the present and unpicking the conventions of cinema and documentary video. Storytelling is central to these works. Old tales, myths and legends, are interwoven with narratives of contemporary experience. Tradition is shown to be in contention with individual identity, history in dialogue with the now.



“Pane per poveri – 72 hours” is a temporary art project organized by a group of Berlin artists for the duration of the opening of the 56th Venice Biennale at Venice Lido in the striking location of the former, abandoned “Teatro Marinoni”. 

The Venice Biennale has been the most important event of the art world for over 100 years. Invitations for the opening are in great demand, and for many artists and other art professionals it is probably the task of the year to somehow conquer a spot on the guest lists. “Pane per poveri – 72 hours” wants to create a counterbalance to these structures of “Who’s who” and “Who will get in and who won’t” by taking a different approach: It will be open to anyone who wants to experience it. And it will take place during the whole duration of the opening period (72 hours).


Directions: Take the number 1 ferry to Lido S.M.E. (about 10 mins from Giardini stop). Cross the road from where you arrive and take the street heading away from the water: Via S. Maria Elisabetta. When this road ends turn left and walk with the ocean on your right for about 5 minutes. When the road turns left away from the sea, take the path on the right towards the beach, follow it towards the water for 1 minute then around to the left.
The Teatro Marioni will be there waiting for you.  

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