bags of pigeon feed
selling pigeon feed
for tourists and venetians 2005
Piazza San Marco and La Palanca, Guidecca, Venice
Nature of Things, A long Weekend
Curated by Hugh Mulholland, Commissioner for N.Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale
Stories for Tourists and Venetians' was a site specific intervention which distributed
10 Belfast stories in two locations in Venice over a long weekend. The stories
which were specific to Belfast made tenuous connections with Venice despite the
apparent differences between the two cities
Vendors who sell pigeon feed for 1 euro a bag to the many tourists who flock
to Piazzo San Marco to awe at the architecture and feed pigeons used costumised
bags with Belfast stories for the duration of the long weekend. Meanwhile Venetians
were served coffee in costumised cups in La Palanca, a coffee shop frequented
by Venetians on the residential island of Guidecca.
The work aimed to examine the relationship between tourists and Venetians in
a city that is so synomonous with tourism.
tunnell runs under the Crumlin Rd in Belfast connecting
the former Remand Prison with the former Criminal Court.
Prisoners were led under the road to the dock without ever
seeing the light of day.''
pigeons are known in Belfast as 'Rats with Wings' however
homing pigeons, which are the same species. but bred and
domesticated by pigeon fanciers are venerated throughout