Aqua Alta / Bacchanalia


360° render of installation









A trip to the Venice Biennale, and my encounter with the city, gave me the inspiration for the work “Aqua Alta/Bacchanalia”.


Aqua alta, or high water, gave me the sensation of freedom, of a crazy alternative reality where we could dance all night in the rising water of the aqua-blue lagoon, to liberate our minds from our social prison.

I missed the one aqua alta we experienced almost completely because I was asleep, only hearing the sirens that announced it. I heard stories about the even though.


I was struck by the simple beauty and light of the Belgian pavilion in the Giardini, and how well it related to the water that I would never touch.


What if a performance took place in the water of the pavilion?

Dilum Coppens is a Belgian artist, investigating the creation of "meaning" through mythologyical references. His practice consits of different media, ranging from painting and drawing to video and performance. Most often, his creations come together in total-installations with painterly touches.