Visionary architect and designer Aldo Cibic will be the protagonist of Unica, an exhibition/installation that Caffè Florian presents in concurrence with the 2018 Architecture Biennale.
Cibic will present his project (IN)Complete. In the late XIX Century, it was at the tables of Caffè Florian that the local politicians and art enthusiasts created the Biennale and this year, starting on May 25 up to September 8,
Caffè Florian and its Chinese Room, in particular, become the real and virtual meeting point to take part to an investigation on life and design. Coloured Plexiglas canes create a modern alcove of sorts that contains a screen floating over a suspended plane. This will be the container for a digital platform for this original inquiry.
Visitors will be asked for their opinion, anonymized, and to contribute to collective intelligence, a “Freespace”, the theme of the 16th Architecture Biennale. The collective intelligence looks like a colourful cloud in perpetual movement that will parse crowd-sourced information to understand and design our future.
The exhibition is curated by Stefano Stipitivich, art director at Caffè Florian.
Aldo Cibic was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1955.
In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis.
His projects, such as “Microrealities” (2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), have been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
With Cibicworkshop, a multidisciplinary research centre, he began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
Aldo Cibic teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.