PRESSROOM launched in Venice today with a series of briefings from Guest Editors. Follow @pressroomvenice to hear our artist-investigators responses!
Art party or party art? @kclSoriano
Belonging in the future occupies which @ARTISTROOMS?
Biennale announces hypnotists to be employed as invigilators. Deeper experience promised. @rhmparry
Documentary to begin filming at Venice today exploring what it describes as ‘honey without the bees’. Feature interview. @rhmparry
Critic mauled by rogue family of gerbils. Scenes of pandemonium. @rhmparry
Biennale to issue artists with canoes in bid for efficiency push. online exclusive. @rhmparry
Dealer and gallery director in selfie stick shame. We have the pictures. @rhmparry
Parallel underwater art fair announced to coincide with biennale. Titled floated as ‘Venlantis’. @rhmparry
Sparks fly over so-called ‘performative text incident’. @rhmparry
Royal couple announce baby as artwork and will form basis of next British pavilion show. @rhmparry
Colony of eagles reported nesting near giardini. Artists and public advised not to feed. @rhmparry
Large nebulous artwork accidentally seen by outsider tourist – quizzical looks observed. @rhmparry
Conclave of collectors spotted in bidding war over most hyped artwork using vongole shells for chips. What did you see? @rhmparry
Emerging artist reported stuck in plant pot. Send us your pictures. @rhmparry
Art writer seen scrawling illegible semi-anarchic graffiti on palazzo door at 4am slurring that going to art parties is the new situationism. Fresh reports. @rhmparry
Four walls, one artist, seven curators, five dealers, eight collectors with spouses, plus a pastry chef. What did you hear? @rhmparry
Mestre decides to sever all links to the lagoon declaring ‘the lion just got up and walked onto the mainland’. Full report to follow. @rhmparry
The Wunderkammer of Venice
The 2013 Venice Biennale had the Wunderkammer as its curatorial focus. Massimiliano Gionithe’s Encyclopedic Palace. This year the 56th year of the Bienale, Okwui Enwezor has created a show entitled All the Worlds Futures, a title that to me conjures a post-war ethos and the spirit of the United Nations.
First opened in 1895 and first International in 1907, overtaken in the
1930s as is evidenced by the majority of Fascist chic pavilions.
In 1974 the biennale was dedicated to Chile as a political statement to Pinochet and in 2013 Udo Kittelman the director of the Nationalgalerie, State Museums of Berlin included the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the German pavilion.
For me the biennale will always be a Wunderkammer; an (often male) curator’s vision of a perfect world in miniature. Sometimes the Wunderkammer of the 1600s were completely invented in the mind and didn’t exist in reality at all. Often like Sloane’s they held a herbarium. Venice itself has the atmosphere of an overwhelming and supernatural island that deserves its own collection of curiosities. Your brief for Venice is to visit, read or collect as many of these as you can and create your own biennale Wunderkammer.
Ostaria al Marghelo
Caffè Florian (expensive looking can suffice!)
Swimming at the Lido
Peggy Guggenheim’s house
Arena Chapel at Padova
Natural History Museum
Prostitute spotting on the way in.
Pick some flowers and press them
Collect some water from the Grand Canal
Films and books to read and art to look at:
Venice, by Jan Morris
Casanova’s History of My Life,
Don’t Look Now, Death in Venice, The Comfort of Strangers, The Leopard, any Visconti, John Singer Sargent, Watteau in Venice by Phillippe Sollers, Anne Rice’s Cry to Heaven, Candide, Othello, Merchant of Venice, Fellini’s Casanova
Get exhausted. Traipse. Saturate yourself. See the whole biennale @JoanneMasding
Use stealth. Sneak. Make yourself invisible. See underneath the biennale @JoanneMasding
Rise above. Fly. Find yourself a bird’s eye view. See the biennale straight on @JoanneMasding
Calling all investigators to consider what could be socially relevant art in the context of Venice 2015? @PeckhamPlatform