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Sebastiano to Venice.  12 July 2006.  Italy Venice
Jul 12, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
Venice.  13 July 2006.  Italy Venice
Jul 13, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
Arrival in Venice.  1 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 1, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Venice.  1 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 1, 2019
  Venice, Italy  
Art3.  2 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 2, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Two different ways of looking at life.  3 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 3, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Frari church panorama.  3 November 2019.  Italy Panorama Venice
Nov 3, 2019
  Panorama, Italy, Venice  
Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  4 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Around the canals.  4 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Something for everyone.  5 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 5, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale day 2.  6 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 6, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale day 3.  7 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 7, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale basics.  7 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 7, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Arrivederci Italia.  8 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 8, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Home again.  10 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 10, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Zattere.  13 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 13, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Giudecca.  14 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 14, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Film at the Biennale.  15 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 15, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
 
 
 
Sebastiano to Venice  12 July 2006  Italy  Venice 
 
 
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Venice  13 July 2006  Italy  Venice 
 
 
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Arrival in Venice  1 November 2019  Italy  Venice 
 
 
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Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Approaching Venice via train      
 
Up the Giudecca canal via vaporetto      
On arrival at the Venice train station we bought vaporetto passes from a vendor just off the canal then around the corner to the dock itself. The photo is from the vaporetto, we're 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      
On arrival at the Venice train station we bought vaporetto passes from a vendor just off the canal then around the corner to the dock itself. The photo is from the vaporetto, we're 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      
On arrival at the Venice train station we bought vaporetto passes from a vendor just off the canal then around the corner to the dock itself. The photo is from the vaporetto, we're 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      
 
Venice map      
 
Venice 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.
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1668
 
 
Venice  1 November 2019  Italy  Venice 
 
 
 

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 Caribbean cruise, and Las Vegas. It looks as if 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 +      
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  2 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  Venice 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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, 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      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1645
 
 
Two different ways of looking at life  3 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  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  3 November 2019  Italy  Panorama  Venice 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1671
 
 
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  4 November 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 so 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  4 November 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  5 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  Venice 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1654
 
 
Biennale day 2  6 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  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 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 ++      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1655
 
 
Biennale day 3  7 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  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 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      
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 basics  7 November 2019  Biennale  Italy  Venice 
 
 
 

When: March - November in odd years. Alternates with Biennale Architecture. Open 10-6 every day except Mondays.

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 station and cruise ships). There are also country-sponsored pavilions on these sites and scattered in town.

How much time: 3-4 days for the Arsenale and Giardini, a few more days for the exhibits in town.

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, for example) must be bought in person and with ID. The country pavilions outside the Arsenale and Giardini didn't ask to see a ticket.

Photography is allowed.

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      
 
Arsenale vaporetto stop      
 
Arsenale vaporetto stop      
 
Arsenale vaporetto stop      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1673
 
 
Arrivederci Italia  8 November 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      
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +      
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +      
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1657
 
 
Home again  10 November 2019  Italy  Venice 
 
 
 

We're back home on Vancouver Island where it's grey and wet and cool like Venice, though of course it's nothing like Venice.

Our last morning in Venice found us up early and by 3:45 we were standing on the vaporetto dock. Soon a spotlight shined on us and then a boat pulled up, our water taxi (€140). The water taxis look cool. They've a hint of James Bond about them, they're swept back and pass-under-a-bridge low. Unfortunately, this early in the morning there's not much to see whilst looking out the cabin windows. About all I could make out were the outlines of people working the docks. The ride was fun and too short. After about twenty minutes we were out of the dark and into the bright lights of the airport's (water) port. The buildings were modern, there were cars and moving sidewalks and all the shiny modern conveniences. There were long straight lines. Ninety degree angles. Smooth, even plaster. We weren't in Venice anymore.

At Schiphol

The rest of the day wasn't as fun as the water taxi, but what matters is that we made all our connections, even with a two-and-a-half hour delay in Amsterdam. A sensor in the baggage compartment failed so the mechanics worked on it as we sat in the plane and ate treats served us by the impeccably-sweet KLM stewards. I've no complaints about any airlines' service today. Upon landing in Vancouver WestJet agents guided us through border security then bussed us to our gate so we'd make our connection.

While airborne I started my next book-club book, well books plural since the assigned book is a Norwegian novel about a Norwegian play and I've read neither so I'm reading both.

 
 
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Venice      
 
Venice      
 
Venice      
 
Venice      
 
Venice      
 
Venice      
 
Garbage boat with driver crouching under bridge      
 
Garbage boat with driver crouching under bridge      
 
Garbage boat with driver crouching under bridge      
 
Venice