Thursday, June 17, 2021

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore - Fondazione Giorgio Cini - The Borges Labyrinth - A Soundtrack Experience

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The Borges Labyrinth - A Soundtrack Experience
The Borges Labyrinth of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the magical island of San Giorgio Maggiore is now open to the public for the first time with visits accompanied by new evocative music especially composed by Antonio Fresa and recorded by the orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice, entitled Walking the Labyrinth of which the soundtrack is downloadable from the Visit Cini app.



Renata Codello

Secretary General - Fondazione Giorgio Cini


"The Garden of Forking Paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time: it is this hidden cause that forbids the mention of its name.  Always omitting a word, resorting to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of indicating it.  It is the tortuous way that he preferred, in each meander of his indefatigable novel the Oblique Ts'ui Pen".
Jorge Luis Borges
The Garden of Forking Paths


The Borges Labyrinth was created in 2011, built by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini based on a project by the English architect Randoll Coate at the behest of Borges's widow, Maria Kodama, who wanted to remember her husband's love for Venice.  The Labyrinth is inspired by the story of Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths, and is composed of 3200 boxwood plants, arranged to form the name Borges, it is located behind the foundations two cloisters - the first designed by Andrea Palladio and the second by the Buora brothers -  and runs for one kilometer. On the tenth anniversary of its creation, the 35th anniversary of the death of Borges and the 70th anniversary of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini it is now open to the public.
'Walking the Labyrinth is a four-movement suite that tells the metaphor of existence flowing in reverse, experienced through evaporation, solidity, chaos and the origin of life."
Antonio Fresa
Andrea Erri
Managing Director - Fondazione Teatro La Fenice 


The Borges Labyrinth
Walking the Labyrinth - A Soundtrack Experience
Visitors can walk the labyrinth whilst listening to the evocative beautiful soundtrack composed by Antonio Fresa on their mobile phones through the Visit Cini app.   The Labyrinth despite its complexity of the structure, is almost impossible to get lost in: in the vertigo that the labyrinth can give, you get lost, find yourself, get disorientated, and then, in the end, you can see your way out. 
The music for the Borges Labyrinth was born in the context of the enhancement of museum activities conceived by Ilaria D'Uva, who with her company D'Uva, which specialises in the interpretation of cultural heritage through technology and in museum services in Italy, manages the activities of welcome and guided visits to the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and is also responsible for the San Giorgio Cafe, the island's bistro. 

Ilaria D'Uva
CEO and owner - D'Uva 

The Borges Labyrinth
A Soundtrack Experience






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