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  1.  Sebastiano to Venice    12 July 2006    Venice, Italy
         Jul 12, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
  2.  Venice    13 July 2006    Venice, Italy
         Jul 13, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
  3.  Arrival in Venice    1 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 1, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
  4.  Venice    1 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 1, 2019
  Venice, Italy  
  5.  Art3    2 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 2, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  6.  Two different ways of looking at life    3 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 3, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  7.  Frari church panorama    3 November 2019    Panorama Venice, Italy
         Nov 3, 2019
  Panorama, Italy, Venice  
  8.  Peggy Guggenheim Collection    4 November 2019    Art Venice, Italy
         Nov 4, 2019
  Venice, Italy, Art  
  9.  Around the canals    4 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
10.  Something for everyone    5 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 5, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
11.  Biennale day 2    6 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 6, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
12.  Biennale day 3    7 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 7, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
13.  Biennale basics    7 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 7, 2019
  Venice Biennale, Italy, Venice  
14.  Arrivederci Italia    8 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 8, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
15.  Home again    10 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 10, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
16.  Zattere    13 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 13, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
17.  Giudecca    14 November 2019    Venice, Italy
         Nov 14, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
18.  Film at the Biennale    15 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale Italy
         Nov 15, 2019
  Venice Biennale, Italy, Venice  
 
 
 
1. Sebastiano to Venice
12 July 2006    Venice  Italy 
S   M   L
1. Sebastiano to Venice   
12 July 2006    Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Venice canal
     
 
 
 
Venice canal
     
 
 
 
Venice canal
     
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 

 
 
 
2. Venice
13 July 2006    Venice  Italy 
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2. Venice   
13 July 2006    Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
3. Arrival in Venice
1 November 2019    Venice  Italy 
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3. Arrival in Venice   
1 November 2019    Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Approaching Venice via train
     
After a night on the ferry we spent the day on the train, starting in Genoa and changing in Milan. We'll be in Venice by nightfall.
 
 
 
Approaching Venice via train
     
After a night on the ferry we spent the day on the train, starting in Genoa and changing in Milan. We'll be in Venice by nightfall.
 
 
 
Approaching Venice via train
     
After a night on the ferry we spent the day on the train, starting in Genoa and changing in Milan. We'll be in Venice by nightfall.
 
 
On the causeway to Venice
     
We stepped off the train, exited the train station, then bought vaporetto tickets from a canal side vendor. We walked a short distance and then onto the platform for the boat to Giudecca Palanca. It should leave us just a few doors from our apartment.
 
 
 
On the causeway to Venice
     
We stepped off the train, exited the train station, then bought vaporetto tickets from a canal side vendor. We walked a short distance and then onto the platform for the boat to Giudecca Palanca. It should leave us just a few doors from our apartment.
 
 
 
On the causeway to Venice
     
We stepped off the train, exited the train station, then bought vaporetto tickets from a canal side vendor. We walked a short distance and then onto the platform for the boat to Giudecca Palanca. It should leave us just a few doors from our apartment.
 
 
Up the Giudecca canal via vaporetto
     
The photo is from the vaporetto, approaching the Giudecca Palanca station (or just Palanca). The building on the right is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
 
 
Up the Giudecca canal via vaporetto
     
The photo is from the vaporetto, approaching the Giudecca Palanca station (or just Palanca). The building on the right is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
 
 
Up the Giudecca canal via vaporetto
     
The photo is from the vaporetto, approaching the Giudecca Palanca station (or just Palanca). The building on the right is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
 
Venice map
     
Giudecca is the string of islands along the bottom of the map.
 
 
 
Venice map
     
Giudecca is the string of islands along the bottom of the map.
 
 
 
Venice map
     
Giudecca is the string of islands along the bottom of the map.
 
 
Vaporetto linea due
     
Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marco stops.
 
 
 
Vaporetto linea due
     
Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marco stops.
 
 
 
Vaporetto linea due
     
Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marco stops.
 
 
Stepping off the dock at Palanca
     
 
 
 
Stepping off the dock at Palanca
     
 
 
 
Stepping off the dock at Palanca
     
 
 
Criuse ship heading to sea
     
 
 
 
Criuse ship heading to sea
     
 
 
 
Criuse ship heading to sea
     
 
 
View across the water from apartment
     
Too tired to open the windows I shot through the glass. Across the water is a large white church, either side of it is the Zattere vaporetto stop.
 
 
 
View across the water from apartment
     
Too tired to open the windows I shot through the glass. Across the water is a large white church, either side of it is the Zattere vaporetto stop.
 
 
 
View across the water from apartment
     
Too tired to open the windows I shot through the glass. Across the water is a large white church, either side of it is the Zattere vaporetto stop.
 
 

 
 
 
4. Venice
1 November 2019    Venice  Italy 
4. Venice   
1 November 2019    Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 

The minute we got off the train in Venice's Santa Lucia station, the train itself an attractive conveyance, with modern bathrooms, wide seats, and free snacks in business class, and fast, at one point the speedo showed 298 kph, well, as I was saying, as soon as we got off the train I was flooded with the feeling that we'd made a mistake. I knew the feeling well, it was the same when we got off the bus in Atacama after the long ride over the Andes from Purmamarca. I wrote something like Atacama appears to be a place where other places send their garbage. In today's case, Venice seemed a mash up of Disneyland, a Caribbean cruise, and Las Vegas. Even off-off-season Venice is mobbed, and with people I don't want to be around. And this being southern Europe it's overlaid with the stench of second-hand smoke. Makes you want to come, eh?

Funny thing though, after a short while Atacama moved up in my estimation, it improved so much it became a south American high point, so I've learned not to hold onto first impressions as sometimes they are attenuated by experience.

And sure enough, by the time we jumped off vaporetto No.2 at Giudecca Palanca I began to see a glimmer of hope that my attitude could adjust. I saw a bit of Bangkok in the way the packed water busses race around each other and then oh-so-briefly tie up to the dock, kind of like a bee exchanging pollen with a flower, only this time it's clots of humans disembarking and embarking.

 
 
 
 
Vaporetto No. 2
     
 
 
 
Vaporetto No. 2
     
 
 
 
Vaporetto No. 2
     
 
 
5. Art3
2 November 2019    Venice  Venice Biennale, Italy 
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5. Art3   
2 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy   
 
 
 
 

On arrival yesterday we took vaporetto No. 2 to Giudecca where we'd rented an apartment for eight nights. It was dark, the weather stormy, and the water in the wide canal, also called Giudecca, was choppy. As we waited for the property manager to meet us a small boat pulled up, just off the sidewalk, which has no railing, the Italians trusting pedestrians to avoid falling in like they also trust drivers not to mow down pedestrians when they share a ferry ramp, anyway this small boat pulled up with a young fellow at the controls. He smiled and said he was here to let us in to the apartment but couldn't get out of the boat, something about a problem with the engine, if he turned it off it'd be hard to restart. So, he said, here are the keys, he then tossed them to us and said the instructions are in the apartment. Ciao he said then he disappeared into the dark canal.

The keys opened a nondescript door just opposite from where he left us (and, we'd discover in the morning, next to a patisserie), the door opening into a very long and very narrow hallway, faced with plaster that remains on your shoulders when you brush it, then two flights of stairs and then into a wonderful, almost perfect, a tiny demerit as the patio wasn't waterfront, apartment. It's large, modern, light-filled, quiet, and supplied with every amenity we need. A detailed instruction book was sitting on the dining table. Bonus points for great waterfront views, a shower that doesn't leak, plenty of electrical outlets, and that nearby vaporetto stop (Giudecca Palanca if you're looking at a map) that gets us quickly to the heart of Venice.

We then acquainted ourselves with the immediate neighborhood and stocked the fridge with the results from a run to the nearby Coop grocery so that the next morning, the morning of this post, we could take vaporetto No. 2 across the canal to Dorsoduro to begin our explorations. And that's what we did today, we wandered a tiny bit of Venice where we quickly ran into three exhibits, hence the title of this post, one from Azerbaijan and two from Iran, each a part of the Biennale. Along the way my attitude towards Venice changed. I'm really glad we're here.

 
 
 
 
Reflection on Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Reflection on Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Reflection on Giudecca
     
 
 
Butcher shop, Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Butcher shop, Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Butcher shop, Giudecca
     
 
 
Estonia's exhibit for the Biennale
     
This is just down the street, err, sidewalk from here but we have yet to see the exhibit.
 
 
 
Estonia's exhibit for the Biennale
     
This is just down the street, err, sidewalk from here but we have yet to see the exhibit.
 
 
 
Estonia's exhibit for the Biennale
     
This is just down the street, err, sidewalk from here but we have yet to see the exhibit.
 
 
Gondola dry dock, Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Gondola dry dock, Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Gondola dry dock, Giudecca
     
 
 
Boat storage
     
 
 
 
Boat storage
     
 
 
 
Boat storage
     
 
 
Garbage collection
     
Venice uses boats where we use cars. Ambulance, bus, taxi, police, UPS, personal transport, it's all done by boat.
 
 
 
Garbage collection
     
Venice uses boats where we use cars. Ambulance, bus, taxi, police, UPS, personal transport, it's all done by boat.
 
 
 
Garbage collection
     
Venice uses boats where we use cars. Ambulance, bus, taxi, police, UPS, personal transport, it's all done by boat.
 
 
Our street on Giudecca
     
Giudecca only draws tourists for sleeping, otherwise it's pretty quiet, more a place for locals and a few businesses.
 
 
 
Our street on Giudecca
     
Giudecca only draws tourists for sleeping, otherwise it's pretty quiet, more a place for locals and a few businesses.
 
 
 
Our street on Giudecca
     
Giudecca only draws tourists for sleeping, otherwise it's pretty quiet, more a place for locals and a few businesses.
 
 
Weaving through traffic, Giudecca canal
     
The Giudecca canal is busy all day, the different boats weaving in and out. Early in the morning the cruise ships, accompanied by several tugs, cruise up the canal, right outside our windows, and then in the evening they cruise the other way, heading for their next port of call.
 
 
 
Weaving through traffic, Giudecca canal
     
The Giudecca canal is busy all day, the different boats weaving in and out. Early in the morning the cruise ships, accompanied by several tugs, cruise up the canal, right outside our windows, and then in the evening they cruise the other way, heading for their next port of call.
 
 
 
Weaving through traffic, Giudecca canal
     
The Giudecca canal is busy all day, the different boats weaving in and out. Early in the morning the cruise ships, accompanied by several tugs, cruise up the canal, right outside our windows, and then in the evening they cruise the other way, heading for their next port of call.
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit at the Biennale
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit at the Biennale
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit at the Biennale
     
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit, Biennale
     
Of the three exhibits we visited today Azerbaijan's was our favorite. Named "Virtual Reality", it focuses on fake news as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate, and progress.
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit, Biennale
     
Of the three exhibits we visited today Azerbaijan's was our favorite. Named "Virtual Reality", it focuses on fake news as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate, and progress.
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit, Biennale
     
Of the three exhibits we visited today Azerbaijan's was our favorite. Named "Virtual Reality", it focuses on fake news as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate, and progress.
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
 
Azerbaijan exhibit
     
 
 
Venice path
     
 
 
 
Venice path
     
 
 
 
Venice path
     
 
 
Iran exhibit
     
The Iran exhibit wasn't as interesting as Azerbaijan, though this piece sort of reminded me of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party."
 
 
 
Iran exhibit
     
The Iran exhibit wasn't as interesting as Azerbaijan, though this piece sort of reminded me of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party."
 
 
 
Iran exhibit
     
The Iran exhibit wasn't as interesting as Azerbaijan, though this piece sort of reminded me of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party."
 
 
Paul shopping for art supplies
     
 
 
 
Paul shopping for art supplies
     
 
 
 
Paul shopping for art supplies
     
 
 
At the Iranian artists' exhibit at the Biennale
     
I found the context more interesting than the art.
 
 
 
At the Iranian artists' exhibit at the Biennale
     
I found the context more interesting than the art.
 
 
 
At the Iranian artists' exhibit at the Biennale
     
I found the context more interesting than the art.
 
 
Our street in Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Our street in Giudecca
     
 
 
 
Our street in Giudecca
     
 
 
6. Two different ways of looking at life
3 November 2019    Venice  Venice Biennale, Italy 
S   M   L
6. Two different ways of looking at life   
3 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy   
 
 
 
 

We started the day with an exhibit from the Biennale. The Australian Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe uses sculpture, images, water, and sound to take the viewer on an immersive journey from the beginning of life on earth to the present day. It is projected on a screen 36m long and 3m high and it's fronted by a 36m-long pool. From the pool emerge thrombolites, rock-like microbial structures that were the beginnings of life. A very mesmerizing work, the photos below don't do it justice.

We also visited Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, better known as the Frari church. An imposing structure, this old (1492) church is full of Venetian art by such masters as the painter Titian and the sculptor Canova, both of whom are buried in the church.

veniceartfactory

ausculfund

hugo

 
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
 
Living Rocks
     
 
 
Looking at art makes one hungry
     
 
 
 
Looking at art makes one hungry
     
 
 
 
Looking at art makes one hungry
     
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
 
Frari church
     
 
 
Choir, Frari church
     
 
 
 
Choir, Frari church
     
 
 
 
Choir, Frari church
     
 
 
Canova designed tomb, Frari church
     
Odd, pyramid-shaped tomb, said to hold the sculptor Canova's heart
 
 
 
Canova designed tomb, Frari church
     
Odd, pyramid-shaped tomb, said to hold the sculptor Canova's heart
 
 
 
Canova designed tomb, Frari church
     
Odd, pyramid-shaped tomb, said to hold the sculptor Canova's heart
 
 
7. Frari church panorama
3 November 2019    Panorama, Venice  Italy 
7. Frari church panorama   
3 November 2019    Panorama, Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
8. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
4 November 2019    Art, Venice  Italy 
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8. Peggy Guggenheim Collection   
4 November 2019    Art, Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 

You don't have to go to a museum to see art in Venice, the city is a work of art. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't check out some of the more formal offerings. So in addition to hitting up some Biennale exhibits we stopped in to visit Peggy Guggenheim's collection. It contains a who's who of modern art (Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Pollock, and so on) plus it's located in Peggy's beautiful Grand Canal home.

 
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
9. Around the canals
4 November 2019    Venice  Italy 
S   M   L
9. Around the canals   
4 November 2019    Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Lunch spot
     
 
 
 
Lunch spot
     
 
 
 
Lunch spot
     
 
 
Yet another beautiful building
     
 
 
 
Yet another beautiful building
     
 
 
 
Yet another beautiful building
     
 
 
Admiring the gondolier
     
 
 
 
Admiring the gondolier
     
 
 
 
Admiring the gondolier
     
 
 
One of several leaning towers
     
 
 
 
One of several leaning towers
     
 
 
 
One of several leaning towers
     
 
 
The ride home
     
 
 
 
The ride home
     
 
 
 
The ride home
     
 
 

 
 
 
10. Something for everyone
5 November 2019    Venice  Venice Biennale, Italy 
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10. Something for everyone   
5 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy   
 
 
 
 

There's something for everyone at the Venice Biennale. Painting. Sculpture. Film. Today we were at the Biennale's Arsenale location where I especially enjoyed the films. Most are short, maybe 15', and they run in a loop so you walk in at a random location and just watch until it loops back to where you started.

 
 
 
 
The path from the vaporetto to Arsenale
     
 
 
 
The path from the vaporetto to Arsenale
     
 
 
 
The path from the vaporetto to Arsenale
     
 
 
"For, in your tongue, I cannot fit," by Shilpa Gupta
     
A sound installation addressing the violence of censorship. A symphony of voices speak or sing the words of poets (from the 7th century to the present) who have been imprisoned for their work or their politics. A grid of 100 microphones hang from the ceiling and have been turned into speakers. The recitations are printed on the paper under the corresponding mic. You can wander through the exhibit, like the people in the photo, reading the pieces of paper and listening to the voices. After each is read it is echoed by a chorus. It is immersive and beautiful and moving.
 
 
 
"For, in your tongue, I cannot fit," by Shilpa Gupta
     
A sound installation addressing the violence of censorship. A symphony of voices speak or sing the words of poets (from the 7th century to the present) who have been imprisoned for their work or their politics. A grid of 100 microphones hang from the ceiling and have been turned into speakers. The recitations are printed on the paper under the corresponding mic. You can wander through the exhibit, like the people in the photo, reading the pieces of paper and listening to the voices. After each is read it is echoed by a chorus. It is immersive and beautiful and moving.
 
 
 
"For, in your tongue, I cannot fit," by Shilpa Gupta
     
A sound installation addressing the violence of censorship. A symphony of voices speak or sing the words of poets (from the 7th century to the present) who have been imprisoned for their work or their politics. A grid of 100 microphones hang from the ceiling and have been turned into speakers. The recitations are printed on the paper under the corresponding mic. You can wander through the exhibit, like the people in the photo, reading the pieces of paper and listening to the voices. After each is read it is echoed by a chorus. It is immersive and beautiful and moving.
 
 
The Chicken Thief, Michael Armitage, Kenya
     
 
 
 
The Chicken Thief, Michael Armitage, Kenya
     
 
 
 
The Chicken Thief, Michael Armitage, Kenya
     
 
 
ESKALATION, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
Plastic people hanging from ladders
 
 
 
ESKALATION, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
Plastic people hanging from ladders
 
 
 
ESKALATION, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
Plastic people hanging from ladders
 
 
Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
 
Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
 
Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
Sliced automobile
     
 
 
 
Sliced automobile
     
 
 
 
Sliced automobile
     
 
 
This is the future, a film by Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves. Her utterly engrossing and funny video This is the future combines flower gardens, scenes of Venice, and the question of whether AI can predict anything.
 
 
 
This is the future, a film by Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves. Her utterly engrossing and funny video This is the future combines flower gardens, scenes of Venice, and the question of whether AI can predict anything.
 
 
 
This is the future, a film by Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves. Her utterly engrossing and funny video This is the future combines flower gardens, scenes of Venice, and the question of whether AI can predict anything.
 
 
"The New Life, Venice Chefs," Anthea Hamilton, UK
     
 
 
 
"The New Life, Venice Chefs," Anthea Hamilton, UK
     
 
 
 
"The New Life, Venice Chefs," Anthea Hamilton, UK
     
 
 
Tapestry of metal waste
     
 
 
 
Tapestry of metal waste
     
 
 
 
Tapestry of metal waste
     
 
 
Big wheels, Arthur Jafa, US
     
 
 
 
Big wheels, Arthur Jafa, US
     
 
 
 
Big wheels, Arthur Jafa, US
     
 
 
Two men relaxing
     
 
 
 
Two men relaxing
     
 
 
 
Two men relaxing
     
 
 
Woman embracing a plastic man, Martine Gutierrez
     
 
 
 
Woman embracing a plastic man, Martine Gutierrez
     
 
 
 
Woman embracing a plastic man, Martine Gutierrez
     
 
 
The delightful lunch lady at the Arsenale's cafe
     
 
 
 
The delightful lunch lady at the Arsenale's cafe
     
 
 
 
The delightful lunch lady at the Arsenale's cafe
     
 
 
Ceramic objects
     
 
 
 
Ceramic objects
     
 
 
 
Ceramic objects
     
 
 
Strange animal
     
 
 
 
Strange animal
     
 
 
 
Strange animal
     
 
 
Bizarro movie, Kaari Upson, US
     
 
 
 
Bizarro movie, Kaari Upson, US
     
 
 
 
Bizarro movie, Kaari Upson, US
     
 
 
Microworld, Liu Wei, PRC
     
 
 
 
Microworld, Liu Wei, PRC
     
 
 
 
Microworld, Liu Wei, PRC
     
 
 
11. Biennale day 2
6 November 2019    Venice  Venice Biennale, Italy 
S   M   L
11. Biennale day 2   
6 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy   
 
 
 
 

We're back to the Biennale for more painting/sculpture/video/sound/sensory fun.

 
 
 
 
Trojan, Yin Xiuzhen, PRC
     
The piece represents a plane passenger preparing for a crash landing, a work made of wood and fabric. You can also crawl inside to experience an anxiety-provoking claustrophobic space. The artist is reflecting on airplanes and our incessant need for speed and growth.
 
 
 
Trojan, Yin Xiuzhen, PRC
     
The piece represents a plane passenger preparing for a crash landing, a work made of wood and fabric. You can also crawl inside to experience an anxiety-provoking claustrophobic space. The artist is reflecting on airplanes and our incessant need for speed and growth.
 
 
 
Trojan, Yin Xiuzhen, PRC
     
The piece represents a plane passenger preparing for a crash landing, a work made of wood and fabric. You can also crawl inside to experience an anxiety-provoking claustrophobic space. The artist is reflecting on airplanes and our incessant need for speed and growth.
 
 
"Faniswa, Seapoint", Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
 
"Faniswa, Seapoint", Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
 
"Faniswa, Seapoint", Zanele Muholi, South Africa
     
 
 
Wall of shoes, India
     
 
 
 
Wall of shoes, India
     
 
 
 
Wall of shoes, India
     
 
 
Redacted, Hegemony museum, Chile
     
An interesting exhibit that looks at colonialism. A highlight is a gorgeous video taken high in the Andes featuring Chilean ranchers, and it is accompanied by the ear-pleasing score The emancipating opera. One of my faves.
 
 
 
Redacted, Hegemony museum, Chile
     
An interesting exhibit that looks at colonialism. A highlight is a gorgeous video taken high in the Andes featuring Chilean ranchers, and it is accompanied by the ear-pleasing score The emancipating opera. One of my faves.
 
 
 
Redacted, Hegemony museum, Chile
     
An interesting exhibit that looks at colonialism. A highlight is a gorgeous video taken high in the Andes featuring Chilean ranchers, and it is accompanied by the ear-pleasing score The emancipating opera. One of my faves.
 
 
Ramp covered with water-soaked notebooks, Luxembourg
     
The Mediterranean as a place of real-life adventure and tragedy, and as an imaginary space. This ramp is covered with notebooks that have been soaked in the Mediterranean then dried.
 
 
 
Ramp covered with water-soaked notebooks, Luxembourg
     
The Mediterranean as a place of real-life adventure and tragedy, and as an imaginary space. This ramp is covered with notebooks that have been soaked in the Mediterranean then dried.
 
 
 
Ramp covered with water-soaked notebooks, Luxembourg
     
The Mediterranean as a place of real-life adventure and tragedy, and as an imaginary space. This ramp is covered with notebooks that have been soaked in the Mediterranean then dried.
 
 
Video how to soak notebook in the sea, Luxembourg
     
 
 
 
Video how to soak notebook in the sea, Luxembourg
     
 
 
 
Video how to soak notebook in the sea, Luxembourg
     
 
 
Video of making a sandwich
     
Sandwiches, of normal and not-so-normal ingredients (like body parts), are constructed then deconstructed in this fun film.
 
 
 
Video of making a sandwich
     
Sandwiches, of normal and not-so-normal ingredients (like body parts), are constructed then deconstructed in this fun film.
 
 
 
Video of making a sandwich
     
Sandwiches, of normal and not-so-normal ingredients (like body parts), are constructed then deconstructed in this fun film.
 
 
data-verse 1, film by Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
I watched this film twice. Mesmerizing.
 
 
 
data-verse 1, film by Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
I watched this film twice. Mesmerizing.
 
 
 
data-verse 1, film by Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
I watched this film twice. Mesmerizing.
 
 
Copper doorway, Italy pavilion
     
Unfortunately it was downhill from here, the door being the best part of the Italy exhibit.
 
 
 
Copper doorway, Italy pavilion
     
Unfortunately it was downhill from here, the door being the best part of the Italy exhibit.
 
 
 
Copper doorway, Italy pavilion
     
Unfortunately it was downhill from here, the door being the best part of the Italy exhibit.
 
 
White chair with air tube, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, PRC
     
The chair sits inert and a crowd gathers, waiting. Every so often the tranquility of the chair is suddenly interrupted by a surge of highly pressurized air released through the black rubber hose which causes the hose to jerk violently. The black rubber hose bangs on the plexiglass enclosure. The sound of the escaping air and the banging of the hose fill the exhibit space. Does this make sense? No. Does it draw an audience waiting for the next release? Yes. Is this art? Of course.
 
 
 
White chair with air tube, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, PRC
     
The chair sits inert and a crowd gathers, waiting. Every so often the tranquility of the chair is suddenly interrupted by a surge of highly pressurized air released through the black rubber hose which causes the hose to jerk violently. The black rubber hose bangs on the plexiglass enclosure. The sound of the escaping air and the banging of the hose fill the exhibit space. Does this make sense? No. Does it draw an audience waiting for the next release? Yes. Is this art? Of course.
 
 
 
White chair with air tube, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, PRC
     
The chair sits inert and a crowd gathers, waiting. Every so often the tranquility of the chair is suddenly interrupted by a surge of highly pressurized air released through the black rubber hose which causes the hose to jerk violently. The black rubber hose bangs on the plexiglass enclosure. The sound of the escaping air and the banging of the hose fill the exhibit space. Does this make sense? No. Does it draw an audience waiting for the next release? Yes. Is this art? Of course.
 
 
Cubes, Ad Minoliti, Argentina
     
 
 
 
Cubes, Ad Minoliti, Argentina
     
 
 
 
Cubes, Ad Minoliti, Argentina
     
 
 
Metal objects over water, Tomas Saraceno, Argentina
     
 
 
 
Metal objects over water, Tomas Saraceno, Argentina
     
 
 
 
Metal objects over water, Tomas Saraceno, Argentina
     
 
 
The Spin, Tarek Atoui, France
     
 
 
 
The Spin, Tarek Atoui, France
     
 
 
 
The Spin, Tarek Atoui, France
     
 
 
Seven women in a row, Peru pavilion
     
 
 
 
Seven women in a row, Peru pavilion
     
 
 
 
Seven women in a row, Peru pavilion
     
 
 
48 War Movies, Christian Marclay, US
     
48 films about war, laid one on top of each other and playing simultaneously,
 
 
 
48 War Movies, Christian Marclay, US
     
48 films about war, laid one on top of each other and playing simultaneously,
 
 
 
48 War Movies, Christian Marclay, US
     
48 films about war, laid one on top of each other and playing simultaneously,
 
 
Written on fog, Jitish Kallat, India
     
Letter from Gandhi to Hitler, written in 1939, appealing for peace. Projected onto a stream of fog which observers must walk through to exit the work.
 
 
 
Written on fog, Jitish Kallat, India
     
Letter from Gandhi to Hitler, written in 1939, appealing for peace. Projected onto a stream of fog which observers must walk through to exit the work.
 
 
 
Written on fog, Jitish Kallat, India
     
Letter from Gandhi to Hitler, written in 1939, appealing for peace. Projected onto a stream of fog which observers must walk through to exit the work.
 
 
Barca Nostra, Christoph Buchel, Italy
     
A group of students--there were many at the Biennale--walking past a work by Christoph Buchel. It's a ship that was wrecked in 2015. The ship is "a monument to contemporary migration."
 
 
 
Barca Nostra, Christoph Buchel, Italy
     
A group of students--there were many at the Biennale--walking past a work by Christoph Buchel. It's a ship that was wrecked in 2015. The ship is "a monument to contemporary migration."
 
 
 
Barca Nostra, Christoph Buchel, Italy
     
A group of students--there were many at the Biennale--walking past a work by Christoph Buchel. It's a ship that was wrecked in 2015. The ship is "a monument to contemporary migration."
 
 
Woman servicing plastic people, Martine Gutierrez
     
One in a series posing the artist servicing plastic people. The subjugation of women perhaps?
 
 
 
Woman servicing plastic people, Martine Gutierrez
     
One in a series posing the artist servicing plastic people. The subjugation of women perhaps?
 
 
 
Woman servicing plastic people, Martine Gutierrez
     
One in a series posing the artist servicing plastic people. The subjugation of women perhaps?
 
 
Boat dock and exhibit space, Arsenale
     
 
 
 
Boat dock and exhibit space, Arsenale
     
 
 
 
Boat dock and exhibit space, Arsenale
     
 
 
Arsenale grounds
     
The Arsenale is an old military complex surrounding a small harbour that has been repurposed as exhibition space.
 
 
 
Arsenale grounds
     
The Arsenale is an old military complex surrounding a small harbour that has been repurposed as exhibition space.
 
 
 
Arsenale grounds
     
The Arsenale is an old military complex surrounding a small harbour that has been repurposed as exhibition space.
 
 
Sunset view on way to vaporetto stop
     
 
 
 
Sunset view on way to vaporetto stop
     
 
 
 
Sunset view on way to vaporetto stop
     
 
 
12. Biennale day 3
7 November 2019    Venice  Venice Biennale, Italy 
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12. Biennale day 3   
7 November 2019    Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy   
 
 
 
 

Our third and last day at the Biennale. Today it's the Giardini, the previous two days were at the Arsenale.

 
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
Ignoring the imprisoned, Belgium