Venice and its tourism has for so long been a victim of misremembering, borrowed memories and certain sense of shared ignorance. I myself came to the city armed with an imagined adoration for its culture, an adulation built on shared stories and passing comments, rather than any real personal engagement or prior visits. It was… Read More ‘We are the 99%’- Tourism as ritual
The decadence of contemporary society in its different expressions hits you straight to the heart from the very first sculpture in Guatemala’s Biennale pavilion “Sweet death” curated by Daniele Radini Tedeschi. “The dream of Italians” representing the corpse of Berlusconi created by Garullo&Ottocento with an expression of bliss in a coffin of clear glass, like… Read More “Sweet Death”, Guatemala’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
When you hear the words ‘contemporary art exhibition’, what do you think of? Many of your answers to this will be much the same, walking from piece to piece in silence with a catalogue in your hands and stopping at one or two pieces while you ponder “what the hell does this mean?” Of course,… Read More Fun for all at EM15: The Pavilion’s challenging of traditional gallery etiquette, making leisure something for everyone at this year’s Biennale
The glittery, gold palm trees and spinning lights of Candice Jacobs’ Pleasure Seekers could easily be a slice of television studio set for a primetime game show. Jacobs’ contribution to Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf makes up hole number 6 of the artist commissioned crazy golf course. Jacobs’ piece is a commentary on capitalism and… Read More Candice Jacobs’ Pleasure Seekers
The lagoon that surrounds Venice is arguably what makes the city so definitive. That said, the canals that run through the city act as a means of transportation, and are both an iconic and essential part of Venice. The only other way to see it is by foot, which, due to our lack of funds… Read More A Biennale Volunteer ‘Wanders Anywhere’
Of the nine artworks at EM15, Doug Fishbone’s S.O.S ( Costa Concordia) has consistently drawn the most attention. Crowds would frequently stop and look at the piece from the nearby public bridge, even if no-one was currently playing that hole. Perhaps this was because the ship’s outside placement meant that along with Ellie Harrison’s Life… Read More ‘Cruise ships are what Venetians love to hate and hate to love’: Doug Fishbone’s S.O.S.
I was already a little familiar with Doug Fishbone from his last major project. Hosted by Dulwich Picture Gallery earlier this year, Made in China saw the artist choose a painting from the famed collection of Old-Masters. A copy of the painting (which remained a secret to all but Fishbone) was then commissioned from one… Read More Leisure Land Golf: reflecting on Doug Fishbone’s S.O.S
This is our very first post! Watch this space for thought-provoking, visually stunning, interesting reads and photos which uncover Venice and the Venice Biennale in a very different light. We hope to stay with us and watch this journey blossom and develop into something spectacular!