AWAKENER/LIFEBANK

AWAKENER/LIFEBANK AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is a special project by artist Koen Vanmechelen within the collateral event GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA at the Venice Biennial

As a special project within the collateral event GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA, Koen Vanmechelen exhibits a triptych at three locations continuing his exploration of biological and cultural diversity. AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is shown at the third floor of Palazzo Franchetti, at the exhibition space of Fondazione Berengo on the Island of Murano and at the B Restaurant. This expansive installation, in cooperation with Slow Food, intends to raise awareness of our ever-increasing abuse of food production and includes an innovative biological breeding center and restaurant. An 80-page book produced by James Putnam and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts accompanies the project.

photo's from last weeks conversation between Koen Vanmechelen and Carlo Petrini on biodiversity, art and beauty. Glasstr...
01/10/2015

photo's from last weeks conversation between Koen Vanmechelen and Carlo Petrini on biodiversity, art and beauty. Glasstress La Biennale di Venezia Fondazione Berengo

Conversazione con il fondatore di Slow Food Carlo Petrini, Adriano Berengo, presidente dell'omonima Fondazione e l'artista Koen Vanmechelen, autore di Life Bank

Dario Colombo on Twitter
20/07/2015
Dario Colombo on Twitter

Dario Colombo on Twitter

“Su #LaFreccia si parla del Cosmopolitan chicken di @KoenVanmechelen e del Life Bank di @slow_food_italy @Glasstress”

TL magazine / Pro Materia visited the installation at the La Biennale di Venezia and found if quiet #impressive Glasstre...
12/07/2015
TLmag på Twitter

TL magazine / Pro Materia visited the installation at the La Biennale di Venezia and found if quiet #impressive Glasstress

“@Glasstress on Murano Island impressive #koenvanmechelen #glassistomorrow #glassroad @TLmag22 @la_Biennale”

AWAKENER/LIFEBANK was published in this article of Tableau Fine Arts Magazine as a show on exceptional visions, complica...
29/06/2015

AWAKENER/LIFEBANK was published in this article of Tableau Fine Arts Magazine as a show on exceptional visions, complicated stories in the past and insecure futures in today's alarming times.

The public success of Glasstress Gotika LIFEBANK (Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Franchetti) at the 56th La Biennale di Ven...
23/06/2015

The public success of Glasstress Gotika LIFEBANK (Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Franchetti) at the 56th La Biennale di Veneziagoes on: last Saturday, within the 5th edition of Venice Art Night, Lifebank renewed its relationship with an audience always more interested to the topics of bio-diversity. The site specific installation of Koen Vanmechelen, using the materials of iron, wood, bronze and Murano glass, interprets the themes promoted by Slow Food, partner of the project, and embodied in this dynamic exhibition of more than 500 ancient seeds varieties, greenhouses and “Gardens of Eden” filled with a selection of ancient varieties of plants and trees: an artistic journey for the soul that interacts with the viewers even through a symbolic seeding, conceived by the Bio-Social Farm “Il Rosmarino” and inspired by the theories of the Japanese botanic sensei Fukuoka.

We are very honored to announce that during their stay in Venice Michelle Obama visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK and had lunch ...
20/06/2015
Michelle Obama 'happy' to be in Venice - English

We are very honored to announce that during their stay in Venice Michelle Obama visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK and had lunch between the mushrooms.

Michelle Obama said she was happy to be in Venice when she arrived for a visit on Friday, Veneto Governor Luca Zaia said. © ANSA

Treviso: Dripping Taste
18/06/2015

Treviso: Dripping Taste

Partendo dalla Fondazione Berengo Studio e dall'artista Koen Vanmechelen, un grazie a Tino Vettorello, Rist. Tre Panoce, che ha ben rappresentato il Gruppo Ristoratori della Marca Trevigiana con i suoi aperitivi agli antichi cereali, le scenografie e l'organizzazione generale, un grazie a Pietro Leemann, Ristorante Joia Chef Pietro Leemann, per il suggestivo menu dedicato alla bio-diversità, a Piergiorgio Defilippi, Fattoria Biologica Il Rosmarino, per ciò che rappresenta e per l'ottimo prodotto che ha fornito agli chef, e soprattutto grazie a Slow Food Veneto e Slow Food Italia per la splendida collaborazione.
Foto di Tomas Durante

Within LIFEBANK's interactive and multi-sensorial area life keeps 'pouring' out of the fertile ground. Thanks to the aud...
16/06/2015

Within LIFEBANK's interactive and multi-sensorial area life keeps 'pouring' out of the fertile ground. Thanks to the audience engagement into a symbolic seeding inspired by the agricultural philosophy of 'natural farming' of the Japanese botanist Masanobu Fukuoka, author of the legendary essay “The One-Straw Revolution.

new month; new seeds for our LIFEBANK
08/06/2015

new month; new seeds for our LIFEBANK

E con l'inizio di giugno abbiamo portato dei nuovi semi da piantare durante l'esposizione AWAKENER/LIFEBANK a Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti per La Biennale di Venezia:
Lenticchie, Mais Bianco Perla, Zucca, Grano saraceno, Cicerchia e il nostro Farro Monococco.

PRESS
04/06/2015

PRESS

In the #LIFEBANK at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti the first sprout has risen from its seed. It is wonderful to witness ...
18/05/2015

In the #LIFEBANK at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti the first sprout has risen from its seed. It is wonderful to witness how the old Banca di Venezia has been transformed into a source of new life.

LIFEBANK, installation view
13/05/2015

LIFEBANK, installation view

Studio Koen Vanmechelen - Labiomista
12/05/2015

Studio Koen Vanmechelen - Labiomista

Last weekend Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA, a joint project of the Государственный Эрмитаж. The State Hermitage museum. Official page. and Berengo Studio, Venice (IT) , was officially opened. It was a great pleasure to see all those familiar faces and meet new people. You can now discover my exhibitions on three different locations during La Biennale di Venezia:

► Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA at the Fondazione Berengo/ Exhibition Space on Murano/ Campiello della Pescheria Murano, Venice
► B Restaurant/ Campiello della Pescheria Murano, Venice
► AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti/ Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Letter ed Arti/ Campo S. Stefano, 2847, Venice

A better life through mushrooms, a headline in Colin Gleadell's CNN report on the Venice Biennale
11/05/2015
Venice Biennale: Masks, Marx, and strange cigarettes - CNN.com

A better life through mushrooms, a headline in Colin Gleadell's CNN report on the Venice Biennale

The historic art and architecture of Venice is the key to the city's popularity, but every two years, it becomes a place of pilgrimage for art lovers.

Studio Koen Vanmechelen - Labiomista
11/05/2015

Studio Koen Vanmechelen - Labiomista

For my AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation at the old Banca di Venezia the AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center has generously donated more than 100 types of vegetable seeds, for which I am very grateful.

►Read more on this project in the AVRDC newsletter (P 21): http://bit.ly/1EsbcY3

Food for the Brain, 09.05.2015 Het Belang van Limburg
09/05/2015

Food for the Brain, 09.05.2015 Het Belang van Limburg

Today is the press opening of #LIFEBANK #AWAKENER. Come and discover this expansive installation by Koen Vanmechelen at ...
08/05/2015

Today is the press opening of #LIFEBANK #AWAKENER. Come and discover this expansive installation by Koen Vanmechelen at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and at Berengo Studio Glasstress #GOTIKA #dromedary #slowfood

Opening #GLASSTRESS #GOTIKA #LIFEBANK La Biennale di Venezia
07/05/2015

Opening #GLASSTRESS #GOTIKA #LIFEBANK La Biennale di Venezia

07/05/2015
AWAKENER/LIFEBANK

Interview with artist Koen Vanmechelen on the AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation

Meet Hericium, our dromedary, who is currently residing Berengo Studio for the art installation. Come and meet her durin...
06/05/2015

Meet Hericium, our dromedary, who is currently residing Berengo Studio for the art installation. Come and meet her during the La Biennale di Venezia

The art installation is located in three different spaces. At Palazzo Franchetti it covers the 3rd floor, as a special p...
06/05/2015

The art installation is located in three different spaces. At Palazzo Franchetti it covers the 3rd floor, as a special project of the #GLASSTRESS #GOTIKA exhibition of Berengo Foundation and the Hermitage museum. On the 2nd floor you can find my work Black Medusa.

explaining the #LIFEBANK installation and concept to these students who will function as art mediators throughout the du...
05/05/2015

explaining the #LIFEBANK installation and concept to these students who will function as art mediators throughout the duration of the exhibition, together with Piergiorgio De Fillipi Glasstress #GOTIKA Venice Biennial

05/05/2015

ARTISTS BID TO SAVE THE WORLD

05/05/2015
T: The New York Times Style Magazine

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What would the world be like without the Venice Biennale, Giardini-Arsenale?

our dromedary on today's cover of De Morgen!
05/05/2015

our dromedary on today's cover of De Morgen!

De Morgen, 05.05.2015

PRESS
05/05/2015

PRESS

Morning starts at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti with watering the plants of the #LIFEBANK installation, carefully selected ...
05/05/2015

Morning starts at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti with watering the plants of the #LIFEBANK installation, carefully selected by Fattoria Biologica Il Rosmarino and Slow Food. Glasstress #GOTIKA La Biennale di Venezia

detail from the mushroom breeding center at Murano - goodnight from the Venice Biennial
04/05/2015

detail from the mushroom breeding center at Murano - goodnight from the Venice Biennial

04/05/2015

Earlier today; finishing details of the #LIFEBANK installation. Planting the #seeds in this old Banca di Venezia. Opening soon Biënnale van Venetië Glasstress GOTIKA

An eighty page book written by James Putnam and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts accompanies the exhibition. It is availa...
04/05/2015

An eighty page book written by James Putnam and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts accompanies the exhibition. It is available from [email protected].

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