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Jul 12, 2006, Wed
Sebastiano to Venice      Italy, Venice  
Jul 12, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
Jul 13, 2006, Thu
Venice      Italy, Venice  
Jul 13, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 1, 2019, Fri
Arrival in Venice      Italy, Venice  
Nov 1, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 1, 2019, Fri
Venice      Venice, Italy  
Nov 1, 2019
  Venice, Italy  
Nov 2, 2019, Sat
Art3      Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 2, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 3, 2019, Sun
Nov 3, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 3, 2019, Sun
Frari church panorama      Panorama, Italy, Venice  
Nov 3, 2019
  Panorama, Italy, Venice  
Nov 4, 2019, Mon
Peggy Guggenheim Collection      Italy, Venice  
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 4, 2019, Mon
Around the canals      Italy, Venice  
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 5, 2019, Tue
Something for everyone      Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 5, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 6, 2019, Wed
Biennale day 2      Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 6, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 7, 2019, Thu
Biennale day 3      Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 7, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Nov 7, 2019, Thu
Biennale how to      Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Nov 7, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Nov 8, 2019, Fri
Arrivederci Italia      Italy, Venice  
Nov 8, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 10, 2019, Sun
Home again      Italy, Venice  
Nov 10, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 13, 2019, Wed
Zattere      Italy, Venice  
Nov 13, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 14, 2019, Thu
Giudecca      Italy, Venice  
Nov 14, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Nov 15, 2019, Fri
Film at the Biennale      Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Nov 15, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
 
 
 

Sebastiano to Venice

 
July 12, 2006 Jul 12, 2006
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 
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+ Venice canal      
 
+ Venice canal      
 
+ Venice canal      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1515
 
 

Venice

 
July 13, 2006 Jul 13, 2006
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 
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https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1108
 
 

Arrival in Venice

 
November 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 
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Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
View from train on causeway to the city      
 
View from train on causeway to the city      
 
View from train on causeway to the city      
 
The Molina Stucky on Giudecca      
At the train station we bought vaporetto passes then took a vaporetto to the apartment. Photo taken from vaporetto as we approached the Giudecca Palanca station (aka Palanca). The building is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now there's a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
The Molina Stucky on Giudecca      
At the train station we bought vaporetto passes then took a vaporetto to the apartment. Photo taken from vaporetto as we approached the Giudecca Palanca station (aka Palanca). The building is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now there's a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
The Molina Stucky on Giudecca      
At the train station we bought vaporetto passes then took a vaporetto to the apartment. Photo taken from vaporetto as we approached the Giudecca Palanca station (aka Palanca). The building is the Molina Stucky, once a pasta factory, now there's a furniture company and a Hilton. The boat coming in from the left is a car ferry.
 
Vaporetto linea due      
We are going from P.le Roma to Palanca. Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marcos.
 
Vaporetto linea due      
We are going from P.le Roma to Palanca. Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marcos.
 
Vaporetto linea due      
We are going from P.le Roma to Palanca. Line 2 goes back and forth between two different San Marcos.
 
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.
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1668
 
 

Venice

 
November 1, 2019 Nov 1, 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 exact same I had 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 hit me with the impression that it is a mash up of Disneyland, a cheap Caribbean cruise, and Las Vegas. It turns out even off-off-season Venice is mobbed, and it is 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      
It was getting late, the light poor, so I set my camera to b&w which I think captures the feel of Venice, all light and dark, outlines and shimmers, a magical and ancient ambiance.
 
+ Vaporetto No. 2      
It was getting late, the light poor, so I set my camera to b&w which I think captures the feel of Venice, all light and dark, outlines and shimmers, a magical and ancient ambiance.
 
+ Vaporetto No. 2      
It was getting late, the light poor, so I set my camera to b&w which I think captures the feel of Venice, all light and dark, outlines and shimmers, a magical and ancient ambiance.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1610
 
 

Art3

 
November 2, 2019 Nov 2, 2019
 
   Italy, Biennale, Venice
 
 

As I wrote yesterday, on arrival in Venice we took vaporetto No. 2 to Giudecca (an area of Venice) where we'd rented an apartment. It was dark, the weather stormy, and 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.

The keys opened a nondescript door just opposite from where he left us (and, we'd discover in the morning, next to a classy 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 busy 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.

 
 
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+ 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, it's for locals and a few businesses.
 
Our street on Giudecca      
Giudecca only draws tourists for sleeping, otherwise it's pretty quiet, it's for locals and a few businesses.
 
Our street on Giudecca      
Giudecca only draws tourists for sleeping, otherwise it's pretty quiet, it's for locals and a few businesses.
 
Weaving through traffic, Giudecca canal      
The Giudecca canal is super busy all day long, 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 super busy all day long, 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 super busy all day long, 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      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1645
 
 

Two different ways of looking at life

 
November 3, 2019 Nov 3, 2019
 
   Italy, Biennale, Venice
 
 

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.

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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
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1648
 
 

Frari church panorama

 
November 3, 2019 Nov 3, 2019
 
   Panorama, Italy, Venice
 
 
 
Frari church      
 
Frari church      
 
Frari church      
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1671
 
 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 
November 4, 2019 Nov 4, 2019
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 

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 on and on) plus it's located in Peggy's beautiful Grand Canal home.

 
 
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+ The Peggy Guggenheim is well located      
 
+ The Peggy Guggenheim is well located      
 
+ The Peggy Guggenheim is well located      
 
View from the museum      
 
View from the museum      
 
View from the 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      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1651
 
 

Around the canals

 
November 4, 2019 Nov 4, 2019
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 
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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      
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1672
 
 

Something for everyone

 
November 5, 2019 Nov 5, 2019
 
   Italy, Biennale, Venice
 
 

There's something for everyone at the Venice Biennale. Painting. Sculpture. Film. Today we were at the Arsenale 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.

 
 
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Walk from vaporetto to Arsenale      
 
Walk from vaporetto to Arsenale      
 
Walk from 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, 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, 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, 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 plastic man      
 
+ Woman embracing plastic man      
 
+ Woman embracing plastic man      
 
+ A delightful lunch lady      
 
+ A delightful lunch lady      
 
+ A delightful lunch lady      
 
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      
 
The Arsenale stop      
 
The Arsenale stop      
 
The Arsenale stop      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1654
 
 

Biennale day 2

 
November 6, 2019 Nov 6, 2019
 
   Italy, Biennale, Venice
 
 

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

 
 
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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 making a sandwich      
Sandwiches, of normal and not-so-normal ingredients (like body parts), are constructed then deconstructed in this fun film.
 
Video making a sandwich      
Sandwiches, of normal and not-so-normal ingredients (like body parts), are constructed then deconstructed in this fun film.
 
Video 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, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan      
I watched this twice.
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan      
I watched this twice.
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan      
I watched this twice.
 
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      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1655
 
 

Biennale day 3

 
November 7, 2019 Nov 7, 2019
 
   Italy, Biennale, Venice
 
 

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

 
 
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Cafe Majer      
Every day starts with a visit to Majer, the cafe next door, for a cappuccino and a pastry, and usually it's followed by a ride on a vaporetto.
 
Cafe Majer      
Every day starts with a visit to Majer, the cafe next door, for a cappuccino and a pastry, and usually it's followed by a ride on a vaporetto.
 
Cafe Majer      
Every day starts with a visit to Majer, the cafe next door, for a cappuccino and a pastry, and usually it's followed by a ride on a vaporetto.
 
+ 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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      
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany      
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany      
 
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 with a loud bang into the wall, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India      
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes with a loud bang into the wall, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India      
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes with a loud bang into the wall, 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      
Kudos to Belgium for putting work into their exhibit.
 
Ignoring the imprisoned, Belgium      
Kudos to Belgium for putting work into their exhibit.
 
Ignoring the imprisoned, Belgium      
Kudos to Belgium for putting work into their exhibit.
 
Scandinavian countries' pavilion      
The country pavilions were far less interesting than the main hall exhibits.
 
Scandinavian countries' pavilion      
The country pavilions were far less interesting than the main hall exhibits.
 
Scandinavian countries' pavilion      
The country pavilions were far less interesting than the main hall exhibits.
 
One day in the life of Noah Piugattuk, Canada      
112 minutes, actually.
 
One day in the life of Noah Piugattuk, Canada      
112 minutes, actually.
 
One day in the life of Noah Piugattuk, Canada      
112 minutes, actually.
 
The Flemish School, Shishkin-Hokusai, Russia      
 
The Flemish School, Shishkin-Hokusai, Russia      
 
The Flemish School, Shishkin-Hokusai, Russia      
 
The US pavilion      
Not sure what this represents. The US pavilion was not the worst, I'd likely give Spain that honor, but it did seem to be so much wasted space.
 
The US pavilion      
Not sure what this represents. The US pavilion was not the worst, I'd likely give Spain that honor, but it did seem to be so much wasted space.
 
The US pavilion      
Not sure what this represents. The US pavilion was not the worst, I'd likely give Spain that honor, but it did seem to be so much wasted space.
 
Back home, walking to dinner      
 
Back home, walking to dinner      
 
Back home, walking to dinner      
 
You know we like pizza      
 
You know we like pizza      
 
You know we like pizza      
 
Our neighborhood pizza takeout      
 
Our neighborhood pizza takeout      
 
Our neighborhood pizza takeout      
 
Giudecca      
 
Giudecca      
 
Giudecca      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1656
 
 

Biennale how to

 
November 7, 2019 Nov 7, 2019
 
   Biennale, Italy, Venice
 
 

Where: exhibits are split between the Arsenale, an old military post, and the Giardini, a park. They are next to each other (and at the opposite end of town from the train/cruise ship area). There are also country-sponsored pavilions on these sites and scattered in town.

How much time: at least three days to see the Arsenale and Giardini, more if you plan on covering all the exhibits in town.

When: March - November every other year. (Alternate years are for architecture.) Open every day except Mondays, 10-6 ish.

Tickets: the Arsenale and the Giardini take different tickets. You can buy single-entry tickets online but the more useful multi-day, multi-entry pass (€35/3 days) must be bought in person and with an id. The country pavilions outside the Arsenale and Giardini didn't ask to see a ticket.

Photography: is permitted.

Vaporetto: the Arsenale and Giardini each have their own stop but they're not far apart, and it's an easy walk from San Marco.

 
 
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The Arsenale      
 
The Arsenale      
 
The Arsenale      
 
+ Covered dock at the Arsenale      
 
+ Covered dock at the Arsenale      
 
+ Covered dock at the Arsenale      
 
Giardini      
 
Giardini      
 
Giardini      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1673
 
 

Arrivederci Italia

 
November 8, 2019 Nov 8, 2019
 
   Italy, Venice
 
 

Our last full day in Venice and the tides are high, what they call an aqua alta. The waves are crashing over the sidewalks so in places raised walkways are available. Some doorways have water barriers. Locals are sporting high rubber boots and some tourists are walking with funny-looking plastic bags on their feet. We'll have breakfast then head out as the tide is receding.

High water or no, Venice is beautiful. We spent the day wandering the city's maze of streets. Maze is really the only name for it. We wandered with no destination, along the way we sampled pastries and took a few more photos.

 
 
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High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
Looks abandoned      
 
Looks abandoned      
 
Looks abandoned      
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
Fishmonger      
 
Fishmonger      
 
Fishmonger      
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
+ Picking up the trash      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
+ Picking up the trash      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
+ Picking up the trash      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
No large ships      
 
No large ships      
 
No large ships      
 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
+ Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment      
 
+ Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment      
 
+ Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment      
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
Floating vegetable stand      
 
Floating vegetable stand      
 
Floating vegetable stand