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Marco Fusinato’s DESASTRES, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, is an experimental noise project that synchronises sound with image and takes the form of a durational solo performance as installation. 

In 2022, Fusinato performed live in the Australia Pavilion for 200 days using an electric guitar as a signal generator into mass amplification to improvise slabs of noise, saturated feedback and discordant intensities that trigger a deluge of images. The resulting all-consuming experience is open for the audience to interpret and make sense of. 

Almost 400,000 attendees visited the pavilion in 2022 in a broad mix of global socio-demographics, sparking conversations that speak to Australia’s positioning in the world, including contemporary values that reflect the now.   

Creative Australia is the commissioner for Australia’s National Participation at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.  

Marco Fusinato
selection of pages from the Score for DESASTRES, 2022
facsimile on Edition Peters manuscript paper
each 30.3 x 45.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Artistic team 2022

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Marco Fusinato is a contemporary artist and noise-musician whose work takes the form of installation, photographic reproduction, design, performance and recording.

As an artist, he conceives his work as a succession of interrelated projects, some of which continue across numerous iterations. Within these projects the works are almost always serial and use specific frameworks for experimentation, as if demonstrating a thesis. Working across disciplines and cultural fields, Fusinato explores the tensions and contradictions of opposing forces: underground culture/institutions, noise/silence, minimalism/maximalism, purity/contamination. He creates dynamic situations in which these energies are captured by combining allegorical appropriation with an interest in the intensity of a gesture or event.

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Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator, an advocate for the arts and the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney. Since 2014 she has led the opportunity for co-curated and artist-led projects with peer institutions in 14 countries, including: Jonathan Jones: untitled (transcriptions of country), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2021); 경로를 재탐색합니다 UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA, Seoul Museum of Art (2021); Taloi Havini: Reclamation, Dhaka Art Summit (2020); Mel O’Callaghan: Centre of the Centre, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2020) and Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2019); Angelica Mesiti: Relay League, Art Sonje, Seoul (2019) and Kunsthalle Tbilisi, Georgia (2018); Helen Johnson, Institute for Contemporary Art, London (2017); and Nicholas Mangan: Ancient Lights, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015).

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Biennale news

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato
Experimental noise project opens at the Australia Pavilion for the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

19 April 2022

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato has made its debut in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, DESASTRES will be live for the entirety of La Biennale Arte 2022.

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Australia reveals first details of its presentation in Venice for the Biennale Arte 2022

28 January 2022

DESASTRES is the title of the presentation that will run from 23 April to 27 November 2022. DESASTRES is an experimental noise project that synchronises sound with image and takes the form of a durational solo performance as installation.

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Marco Fusinato and Alexie Glass-Kantor to represent Australia at Biennale Arte 2022

15 December 2021

Marco Fusinato and Alexie Glass-Kantor are the artist and curator for Australia’s 41st representation at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia from 23 April to 27 November 2022.

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Cecilia Alemani has been announced as the curator for Biennale Arte 2021

10 January 2020

The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, took the following decisions at this morning’s meeting.

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Marco Fusinato to represent Australia at Biennale Arte 2021

4 November 2019

The Australia Council has announced that Marco Fusinato will represent the country in the fifty-ninth edition of the Venice Biennale, which kicks off in May 2021.

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