LB: But then this again shows how Venice is a model. In this case for how easy, apparently, it is to fool people. Very poor quality is being paid for without batting an eyelash.
JM: A lot of people have that kind of job. Selling rubbish, blasting out air-conditioning, selling plastic water bottles instead of offering tap water.
LB: You are describing a situation that increasingly overtakes the world, one that doesn’t aid our health at all.
What worries me most, perhaps, is the seemingly growing inability of drawing parallels: our own bodies are comparable to the fragile nature of Venice. (38:10). Hence I likened Venice to a mermaid, building on Tiziano Scarpa’s Venezia è un Pesce. The principles that apply to the anatomy of Venice are comparable to the anatomy of our body, what with pressure, salinity, porosity, saturation. Like humans, land- and city-scapes are just as exposed to nature’s systems. The inability to care for one’s environment is a mirror of the inability to take care of one’s self.
JM: Lots of people don’t know how to take care of themselves these days.
LB: Though the fact that something like Venice Calls has been created by young students, is symptomatic of the re-generational drive of civilizations. It’s moving that young people are trying to stop potentially irreversible damage induced by earlier generations by a self-protective mechanism that relies on community spirit. The most tragic component, if I am allowed to suggest this, is that Venice as a laboratory for the apocalypse is not allowed to state its own rules. If its tipping point is reached, then it is due to external forces from the mainland. November 12th has by some Venetians been termed almost apocalyptic. It is perhaps because of having been on the edge of a blade, that Venice is now rebelling more vehemently against the capitalist forces pressing on it. And the shape of this rebellion manifests in how problems are being approached pragmatically. For instance, some local Venetians that have the means, rent out their shop spaces to locals so that another cheap souvenir shop does not replace the carpenter.
How else do you suppose Venice can help itself, disregarding the difficulties it has with the mainland government?