Another blogger, this time from the U.K. Bill Thompson, an avid tech and art writer and commentator on the radio show Digital Planet, discusses his reaction to the 53rd Venice Art Biennale.
From BBC News:
The 53rd Venice Art Biennale has just opened, a massive exhibition of contemporary art from around the world that takes over large parts of the city every two years from June to November.
The event is a showcase for the new, the experimental, the exciting and the just plain weird.
And I do mean weird.
There’s a semi-submerged Russian submarine in the Grand Canal, an Icelandic artist is going to spend the next six months painting a series of bad portraits of a cigarette-smoking model, and a group of Nordic artists are exhibiting a very life-like corpse floating face-down in a swimming pool while a group of naked men sit on deckchairs nearby.
In all, 77 countries are taking part, many of them exhibiting their work in purpose built pavilions in the public gardens of the Giardini while others can be found in the former shipyard of the Arsenale or scattered across palaces and warehouses throughout the city.
As well as the national pavilions there are 44 associated exhibitions and events, and nearly 100 individual artists have been invited to show work in the central “Making Worlds” exhibition.
The four days before the opening day are the vernissage, when entry is reserved for curators, artists, politicians, collectors – especially the wealthier ones – and, at the bottom of the pecking order, journalists.
And because so much contemporary art depends on digital technology for its creation or display, since 2005 I’ve been invited to go to Venice with the producer and presenter of the World Service radio programme Digital Planet to make a special show the Biennale and the many ways technology is affecting artistic practice.
A podcast of The Digital Planet Venice special is also available.