Let Us Burn the Gondola: Venice as a modern city



Artist Statement
Venice is usually presented as an anachronism: a ‘timeless’ or even anti-modern city, whose only practical use in the twenty-first century is as a catalogue of picturesque motifs (gondolas, reflected bridges, maskers). Precisely because of its exceptional nature, however, the city offers unique opportunities to rethink or question the idea of modernity.

The figures on the grid indicate how long it takes to travel between the locations from which successive photographs were taken, either on foot o (when necessary) by boat. Times are given in seconds, minutes or hours.


Walker, Jonathan


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Vaporeto Santa Maria de lla Salute


Walker, Jonathan, “Let Us Burn the Gondola: Venice as a modern city,” ADELTA, accessed December 1, 2023, http://sstars.ws/items/show/241.