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  1.  Art3.   2 November 2019, Saturday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 2, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  2.  Two different ways of looking at life.   3 November 2019, Sunday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 3, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  3.  Something for everyone.   5 November 2019, Tuesday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 5, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  4.  Biennale day 2.   6 November 2019, Wednesday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 6, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  5.  Biennale day 3.   7 November 2019, Thursday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 7, 2019
  Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice  
  6.  Biennale basics.   7 November 2019, Thursday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 7, 2019
  Venice Biennale, Italy, Venice  
  7.  Film at the Biennale.   15 November 2019, Friday.   Venice Venice Biennale, Italy
         Nov 15, 2019
  Venice Biennale, Italy, Venice  
 
 
 
1. Art3
2 November 2019.   Venice, Venice Biennale  Italy.
S   M   L
1. Art3
2 November 2019.  Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy.
 
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
 
 
3. Something for everyone
5 November 2019.   Venice, Venice Biennale  Italy.
S   M   L
3. Something for everyone
5 November 2019.  Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy.
 
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
 
Cafe Majer next door for morning coffee and dessert
     
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
 
Waiting for a 4.1 to Giardini
     
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
 
Giardini's exhibit hall
     
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
 
Doppelganger, film by Stan Douglas, Vancouver
     
Douglas' wonderful film takes the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement and applies it to an astronaut who undergoes an experimental teleportation. Alice, pictured, becomes entangled with her reversed twin, a story told with a split and reversed screen. Very entertaining and very well done.
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
 
Disasters under the sun, film by Jon Rafman, Canada
     
An engrossing Canadian film filled with faceless avatars that are continuously tortured. They represent a post-physical existence where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory.
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
 
Another Wrong, Henry Taylor, US
     
If only.
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
 
Ducati halved, Alexandra Bircken, Germany
     
I have a weakness for Ducatis. Here's a photo of my Ducati Monster.
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
 
Alex Da Corte, The Decorated Shed, US
     
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with fast food
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
 
The wall, Mexico
     
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
 
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, India
     
Every few minutes the gate swings and crashes into the wall with a loud bang, occasionally breaking off bits of the wall.
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot encased in this windowed room has been tasked to keep a reddish-black liquid from escaping the center. It sweeps and sweeps and sweeps ...
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
The robot also dances a bit while it works, but mostly it sweeps and sweeps and sweeps.
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
 
Sweeping robot
     
It keeps sweeping.
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
 
Floating art, LED fan, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
This floating and constantly-morphing figure is being displayed on a fan made of LEDs. The figure isn't particularly interesting, it is the floating in air look that's interesting.
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
 
LED fan art, Cyprien Gaillard, France
     
Edge-on view of LED fan.
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
 
Carabinieri on canal in the Giardini
     
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
 
Cow going in circles, Nabuqi, PRC
     
Formally titled Do real things happen in moments of rationality?
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
 
View from the interiorized; you are the pervert, Kari Upson. US
     
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, US
     
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
 
Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, US
     
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
 
Walking on glass, Greece
     
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
 
Lots of red at the Venezuela pavilion
     
 
 
Ignoring the imprisoned, Belgium
     
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
     
 
 
6. Biennale basics
7 November 2019.   Venice, Venice Biennale  Italy.
S   M   L
6. Biennale basics
7 November 2019.  Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy.
 
 
 
 

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

Because of the pandemic the next Biennale Art is scheduled for 2022.

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. The country pavilions outside the Arsenale and Giardini didn't ask for tickets, but what you really want to see are those two. Single-entry tickets are available online but the more useful multi-day, multi-entry pass (€35/3 days, for example) must be bought in person and with ID. Go with your passport to the Arsenale ticket office the afternoon before to purchase passes and while at the ticket desk buy the very nice guide, too, it's around €20.

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.

 
 
 
 
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
     
 
 
7. Film at the Biennale
15 November 2019.   Venice, Venice Biennale  Italy.
S   M   L
7. Film at the Biennale
15 November 2019.  Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy.
 
 
 
 

The films at the Biennale were super and there were a lot to see. They were on topics like AI, data representation, colonialism, pop culture, predictions, making a sandwich, teleportation. At the exhibit the films are sort of hidden, you know a film is there when you see a black curtain, that leads to a black hallway, that then leads to a black room (I've made my point, it's dark) where the film runs in a loop. Somehow I didn't trip or bump anyone. As your eyes adjust you make out people, sitting or standing. Usually there are not enough chairs. If it's promising I stay, if its got either too much or not enough on screen I leave.

There is no indication of where you are in the movie, it runs in a continuous loop. People come and go, after a complete loop or just long enough to decide to take a pass. It's odd at first, then not. A few minutes watching Bart Simpson smoke a cigarette was enough of one. Others I'd gladly see over and over again.

 
 
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves, saw it twice. It also had decent seating.
 
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves, saw it twice. It also had decent seating.
 
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
One of my faves, saw it twice. It also had decent seating.
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
 
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
 
 
 
This is the future, Hito Steyerl, Germany
     
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
 
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
 
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
For a sample check out YouTube's data-verse 1 snippet. More on the artist also at YouTube.
 
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
For a sample check out YouTube's data-verse 1 snippet. More on the artist also at YouTube.
 
 
 
data-verse 1, Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
     
For a sample check out YouTube's data-verse 1 snippet. More on the artist also at YouTube.