10 October 2008

BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - ARSENALE

An Te Liu::Cloud:: Air Purifier installation :: image synchronicity

As expected, la Biennale di Venezia was a big show off of big names - at least at the main exhibition at Arsenale. Zaha, Frank, Hani, Greg... with few things which were new. While Greg Lynn's recycled toy furniture was quite interesting comprehending a good sense of humor, I was quite disappointed by Diller + Scofidio's installation - a ride through venice with a gondola filmed from rear and front. We know that already way back in the sixties from Valie Export.

Greg Lynn Form ::image by disturbnet
Also Zaha's and Patrick Schumacher's mobile Lotus home was a bit annoying, especially when you listened to Patrick Schumacher's Parametric manifesto where he talks about Parametrisim beeing the real new style after Modernism - Post-Modernism, Deconstructivism only where transitory styles. But the problem with the Lotus installation is, that it only is able to exist in a Modernist building, a white box or as well the beautiful Arsenale pavillion. But how would it look like in a curvy Zaha building? So what about this new style being so dependend on the old one?

Zaha Hadid Architects::Lotus ::image by disturbnet
UN Studio's 'The changing room' was at least more critical in the description.

UnStudio :: Image synchronicity

Philippe Rahm showed again one of his Architecture and Meteorology installions, which I always like a lot although it did not work the time I was there.

Philippe Rahm (whith MVRDV's Flying cars City in the back) :: Image synchronicity
A fresh cheer up on these exhaustive days was S1NGLETOWN by Droog Design focusing on the world of contemporary singles


Droog design :: image synchronicity

I will post an entry from the Biennale dealing with issues of sustainability and landscape soon. So stay tuned..

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