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my “i imposter”

Still inside the Giardini…this time in the British pavilion am posting about the  I Imposter installation by Mike Nelson, a labyrinth of of rooms, corridors, spaces, attics, corners…I know he has done this sort of thing before…but really in this environment (and in view of some pretty mediocre neighbours – including a super banal Boltanski-by-numbers installation in the neighbouring French pavilion) it stood out both conceptually and formally…and it was fun too. I guess you can experience it a thousand different ways, here are the spaces where i lingered:

It took three months to transform the neo-classical box that is the Great Britain Pavilion featuring 2ft-thick walls, 3,000-odd square feet of exhibition space and a 30ft-high ceiling. Nelson set himself the task of “making it disappear“…

Meanwhile in the Czech and Slovak Republic pavilion, Dominik Lang’s The Sleeping City where he intervenes on soviet era works by his sculptor father (Jiří Lang, 1927–1996)…

other posts on the venice biennale 2011 in this blog

giardini – catch that pigeon

pavilions inside gardens inside the biennale

my “i imposter”

stars of track and field we are

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salone spaces…

Spaces in and around the Salone di Milano 2011:

Encroaching gentrification gains pace in Isola district – taken from a roof garden on Corso Como.


Ferre building in the city centre

The vast and incredible foyer of the Teatro Manzoni


Taken in the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro – the piece of furniture is called “total tool”. I will be honest, it’s an unfortunate title, actually it’s a terrible title and for those who don’t know it, the word tool can be used to mean idiot. What a total tool indeed!


…all part of the surreality of the Salone here Disney, Tron and corian kitchens and furniture are combined in a vast warehouse display…

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

reflections

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

japanese…

Looks a little like a hamam, but actually its very dry a la Olafur Eliasson…Twilight – an installation by Tokujin Yoshioka

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Exterior, just off Tortona – part of the joy of the Salone is getting to enter courtyards that are normally closed to you.

Meanwhile inside… Luce Tempo Luogo – Light Time Place by DGT Architects and Nobuhiro Fushiya. And speaking of Olafur Eliasson, this is not a million miles away from the principles i saw at the Venice Architecture Biennale (see previous post). Anyway it was an interactive/spectacle type of affair….

The light that the installation emitted was not constant but pulsing, this was barely perceptible but it effected how we perceive movement as you can see below, that strange ghost effect is not an editing trick…

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

reflections

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

plenty of money and full colour brochures…

i think this will be my last post from this 2010 Biennale of Architecture…and i have barely skimmed the surface…but i think for now…enough…!

A room jam-packed with talking heads, examples of the 2,000 hours of interviews made by the art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, including all the participants in this current Biennale.

The Japanese woman you can see is architect Kazuyo Sejima, one half of the Tokyo-based practice Sanaa and also the first female director of this event…not so surprising is that, as ever in these things, among participants, interviews, the female presence is in the minority…

Provisional Space by Wang Wei

RECLAIM” an installation representing the Kingdom of Bahrain who were  awarded the golden lion for the best national participation, is an investigation into the decline of sea culture in the island. Three fishermen’s huts were transported from their original sites in Bahrain to form the focal point of the installation. (…the Kingdom of Bahrain are not short of a bob or two they had stacks and STACKS of thick full colour brochures to give away…)

…and this most definitely concludes my posts from Venice for now…back to real life for a wee bit…but not before one last gratuitous day and night shot of this beautiful, beautiful city…

more architecture biennale 2010 on this blog:

society of the spectacle

arsenale

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture

society of the spectacle…

Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo architects: Cloudscapes

below the clouds…

above the clouds…

“The ability to touch, feel and walk through the clouds is a notion drawn from many of our fantasies. Gazing out of aeroplane windows, we often daydream of what it might be like to live in this ethereal world of fluffy vapour

walking under, above and inside the clouds…

…and speaking of pure spectacle Olafur Eliasson was also here with a work called Your Split Second House:

bloody difficult to photograph…3 ropes whirl round and round. Water runs down them and creates a rhythmic thrashing sound as it hits the ground. All this happens in the pitch dark and is illuminated only by sporadic strobe lighting…It was fun, nothing more nothing less but not on a par with some of his more epic works.

A split second is the space between 2 seconds. The gap between past and future; not just the part of now that is a void, seemingly frozen in time. In it nothing changes. What might change is the way we relate to it. Habitual coordinates such as subject and object, gravity and anti-gravity are freed up. This feeling of reconstituting our way of experiencing the world can happen suddenly, in a jolt. We do not feel the split second, but only realize afterwards that we have lived through one.” Olafur Eliasson

…another appearance from the art peeping tom…my companion mutters that this is like a Pistoletto mirror, putting the audience into the picture…

outside…

more architecture biennale 2010 on this blog:

plenty of money and full colour brochures

arsenale

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture