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The Public Sinking of Venice Poem is a provocative, surprising and ironic project. It took place in the middle of Grand Canal in Venice on May 7, 2015.

“The Public Sinking of Venice Poem explores and develops the relationship between this city-on-water and its worldwide “brand” name: VENEZIA.

“For this exceptional city, the Poet considers Water the appropriate stage for the Word to take place, much better than any other site, square, palace or museum.

In spite of many years spent in the construction of the MOSE dam, due to deep-rooted corruption, the most notorious political-environmental issue in Venice today is its slow sinking into the lagoon.

The Public Sinking of Venice Poem is intended to represent this situation through a highly graphic, moving text.


The Public Sinking of Venice Poem is the most recent Public Poem project of Arias-Misson, who invented this form of “urban poetry” in 1966. Since then, Arias-Misson has produced about one Public Poem a year all over the world: each one was originated by a written text realized in and for the city, developed in its streets and public places, outside any art context. Often self-produced, during last years the Public Poems has been sponsored by institutions as: MuhKA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kulturhaus of Berlin, Pamplona Museum, the city of Bonn, documented by the Reina Sofia Museum, etc.

with the support of the Fondazione Bonotto”
from http://www.redfoxpress.com/dada-arias.html

C’Est mon dADA is a a collection of small artists’ books
dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry,
or any work combining text and visual arts
in the spirit of dada or fluxus.


# 98
“The Sinking of Venice Poem”

Visual Poetry – a Public Poem project.
A6 format – 40 pages – laser printing.
Thread and quarter cloth binding
August 2015
price: 15 euro / 20 US $ / 13 UK Sterling