Christian Boltanski has built a huge scaffold supporting a long conveyor-belt, printed with babies, displayed birth- and starving-rate, made a game out of it and called it “Chance”.”The unfolding of life and the incessant rhythm of birth raise the question of the universal and the unique in a way, to ponder what distinguishes one from the other…” (Jean-Hubert Martin)
Having a seat after this interview, relaxing from running around for hours, on one of three very old chairs placed beside this pavillon, a strange whispering voice stated to ask “is it the last time?” repeatedly, so that I needed some time until I recognized that it was comming from my chair.-spooky!
For those who don´t have the ability to visit venice until end of november and also for those who just like killing time, they´ve installed a homepage where you can play this game “Chance” too.
Christian Boltanski promises to send you a surprise in the case you win.
The new project devised by the Italian art group CONIGLIOVIOLA – is the first itinerant artists’ camping program created to give free hospitality to a selection of young international artists during the most important contemporary art events worldwide.
In true corsair style, the PIRATE CAMP will – for the very first time – break the well-entrenched rule that outlaws camping in the lagoon!
The Stateless Pavilion, as the first PIRATE CAMP has been dubbed, aims to focus attention on the topic “extra-territoriality” as a condition typical of artists that comes to expression in the project’s two key figures: the pirate and the camper.The status of not-belonging-to-places, inhabiting places while remaining outside the concept of territorial ownership, becomes a status of statelessness, of not-belonging-to-any-state, in the context of the Venice Biennale, whose mainstay is the fact that its every edition is built on an offering – and a reiteration – of the representation of national identities, by “national” pavilions.
Video by Philipp Köster and Wasserbloom, Interview and edit by Wasserbloom
The first toilet installation i ever saw. Its interactive, thanks to your own catabolisms, and its sound plays a mesh up of various national anthems. Like the thought of taking a dump while listening to my fav anthem. Thats where nationalism belongs to: flush it down the loo
Belgium. An enormous glass labyrinth, the artist explains his work on 10+ videoscreens, shows how to walk thru it. the special tension on this is how the space is being divided into small pieces, we all know mirror labyrinths. the guideance of the artist himself, being present on synchronized screens all over the installation, lead by the tremendous telepresence of eric duychaerts does the rest.
didn’t know you yet, eric. wanna see more of your stuff…
Here we see some real simple, but popular pieces. About 100 dart plates, were people throw and throw, created by jacob dahlgren. Tried to get my turn, but couldnt wait. In the right corner i see a sculpture made of generic windows by sirous namazi, as well as the steel sheet sculpture. He must be a frustrated architect or something… Jk
Bones, bones, bones. Thats what we have in the korean pavillon. People assured me, that there were no human bones, the bits are made of magnesia. The skeleton you see on the pic is a replica of tom, from tom and jerry. Funny feature in all this morbidity…
we’re at the dutch pavillon. aernout mik shows some recent works, where he reflects on the situation in a nationstate during ‘the age of paranoia’. multichannel video screens, severe police training, kids wearing uniforms, all in all overwhelmingly set up.
we are all confronted with the situation, that nations restrict the civil rights, homeland security and common mistrust. is there a real threat, or do nations only use this scenery to fundament their status quo? you decide..
… Repetitation. The swiss pavillon shows a hybrid between classical paintings and video art. On a huge wall, rotated app. 45 degrees towards the spectator, i see surrealistic paintings of faceless, naked women eating chickenwings, while overlayed by 3d renderings. I can definitely state the fact, that yves is a better painter than 3d modeller. But who cares
he wont tell me his name. all i found out was, that he is ‘homo technologicous’. walking giardini with some wireless equipment, cellular, gps, tablet pc and whatnot, he was a real eyecatcher. wished to meet him again, but we got this speech barrier since he only spoke italian. i WILL learn this language until biennale09. if the world still exists then..