"Azure Watch was conceived in order to begin a collective, multimedia archive of the Azure Window and the surrounding landscape that will remain available for consultation and the possible future implementation by the Gozitan community.

The Azure Window limestone arch was one of Gozo’s most famous landmarks, but it dramatically collapsed into the sea after a heavy storm early this year, attracting intense media coverage from across the world. The imagery of the Azure Window now remaining online shows a standardized iconography that could become the only future memory of the Gozo landmark. In order to avoid such homologation and loss of identity, a common action is taking place through Azure Watch. The collapse of the world famous Azure Window has had important consequences for the iconography and the topographic memory of Gozo landscape; Azure Watch is documenting this change in identity.

The team of dedicated volunteers, the Azure Watch Group, has been working closely with Fanizza to research, collate and digitise the Window’s iconography, while a large number of community members have contributed material to the project."
(Television Malta website)

"The cultural organisation Spazju Kreattiv together with visual artist Giuseppe Fanizza are inviting members of the public, artists and activists to engage with this project by sharing their photos, memories and experiences of visiting the Azure Window. At the tower, there will be a range of audio recordings, films, photographs and exhibits.
The Azure Window limestone arch was one of Gozo’s most famous landmarks which collapsed dramatically into the sea after a heavy storm early this year.
The objective of Azure Watch is to build and preserve an archive of photographs and images of this site and the surrounding landscape that would remain available for consultation and possible future implementation by the Gozitan community. Besides the impact on the environment and on the tourism economy of Gozo, the collapse of the window has equally important consequences on the iconography and the topographic memory of Gozo landscape.
The imagery of the Azure Window available on the internet, as transmitted by the tourists who visited the island, shows a standardised iconography that could become the only future memory of the Gozo landmark. In order to avoid such homologation and loss of identity, the organisers believe that a prompt and common action needs to be taken.
The construction of the Azure Watch Archive will be coordinated by Spazju Kreattiv and Fanizza."
(Times of Malta newspaper website)



A video-manifesto was launched on September 4th 2017 to invite local artists and citizens to participate in the process.



The Azure Watch working group, made up of local citizens, artists and researchers, collected, edited and produced various materials including 2 video edits containing both original and public domain materials.



Azure Watch (senza titolo), 2017
Camera by Giuseppe Fanizza e Johannes Buch
Editing by Giuseppe Fanizza
16’50’’


Azure Watch (Appropriation), 2017
Editing by Andrew Pace
24’19’’
4K - Azure window Dwejra Gozo 26/02/2017 - Last shot from drone before collapse clmt_srt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtS5C4pr0Eg
Azure Window in 4K by Team Stealth Rotors - Steven Borg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kMjvP_iaSg
Dwejra Azure Window at Sunset - Late August 2016 - Mark Bishop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMwITB77Qk
A true before & after transition of the fallen Azure Window – 7 to 8 March 2017 - Gilbert Vancell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP4KkbaUrks
Dwejra Gozo - Azure window 2017 - Wallaby 46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k29sTaYZhlw
Lovin’ Malta - https://www.facebook.com/LovinMalta/videos/1932191830337302
Blue Window Collapsed! Cliff jumping Azure Window - Malta 2016 CML Production CMLPRO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIsiYxkObNg
Jump Azure Window - Christopher Zanvettori - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852iFa4o9tc
Diving the Blue Hole & Azure Window 23 April 2015 (Gozo - Malta) - Ernie De Jonge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KEjjEXWoxA
Aftermath Dwejra Azure Window Gozo - Taran Arrigo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNpmjNZGrg8
Hugo Boss Cliff Dive - Your Suit Your Way (2016)
Game of Thrones (2011)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Odyssey (1997)
Hitler is Informed Malta’s Azure Window Rock Formation Has Collapsed Into the Sea - Disco Saturn Loves To Do Subtitled Comedies and Other Things 24/7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BERTVPIZpAY
In memory of the Azure Window - Mathias M. M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnHmrKZK7n0

The research process was presented in a participative exhibition, including works from local artists and artesans (please visit Azure Watch Facebook Page), at Dwejra Tower, San Lawrenz, Gozo, from September 30th to October 29th 2017.


Flag desing by Johannes Buch


Installation by Johannes Buch


Pottery by Katrin Formosa


Weaving by Alda Bugeja

The image collection is edited by Mary Attard, Andrew Pace, Johannes Buch and Giuseppe Fanizza and includes photos by Mary Attard, Josephen Bailey, Daniela Bertolini, Alda Bugeja, Dorota Gromek, Katarzyna Kryszk, Merga Cordina, Attila Demeter, Yarushka Li, Austin Gragg, Diana Cristalova, Nace Sapundjiev, Alessandro Lai, Andrei Dumitriu, Rich McCor, Ian Holmes, Brian Cassar, Damian Ebejer, Greta Ellul, Sonia Di Vaio, Sandra Barkovic?, Fritz Weinsberg, Marie Calloch, Quynh Pham, Pukar Shakya, DePaseoX, Joe Janman, Yiqun Wang, Campbell Kerr, Ian Holmes, Life Plus Style Fitness, Livia Pye, Bea Kunysz, Ton Garcia, Nick Atkinson, Lino Mifsud, Paula Hubner, Monica Gergely, Lucas Mateo Cardoso, Patty Fryer, Aline Krzisch, Viola Saliasi.

Photo by Mary Attard Photo by Mary Attard Photo by Mary Attard Photo by Alda Bugeja Photo by Alda Bugeja Photo by Patty Fryer Photo by Patty Fryer Photo by Katarzyna Kryszk Photo by Katarzyna Kryszk Photo by Lino Mifsud Photo by De Paseo X Photo by Greta Ellul Photo by Monica Gergely Photo by Monica Gergely Photo by Monica Gergely Photo by Nick Atkinson Photo by Josephine Bailey Photo by Josephine Bailey Photo by Ian Holmes Photo by Rich McCor Photo by Daniela Bertolini Photo by Daniela Bertolini Photo by Daniela Bertolini Photo by Daniela Bertolini Photo by Brian Cassar Photo by Damian Ebejer Photo by Yarushka Li Photo by Aline Krzisch