THE RALPH RUMNEY'S REVENGE AND OTHER SCAMS
An account on the psychogeographical warfare in Venice during the 1995 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Arts
by Luther Blissett
0. WHY VENICE?
"Venice is a ghost-town, and there is no longer any moonshine to kill, either. From the Fifties the native population has been reduced to a half by an increasing commodification and an advance in the cost of living which remodelled and standardised the town at tourists disposal and sentenced many Venetians to deportation to the inland. Those who remained became "walk-ons" in a never ending show, without even being paid.
Out of season, the calli (characteristical narrow streets) are empty and nights are sad and desolating. There are also serious problems of pollution, and the town runs the risk of gradually sinking into the sea owing to the building of a methane pipe-line in the gulf."