A Typhoon hit Chinas East coast and Shanghai got a lot of rain. Lot's! When your not in it, you can not imagine it how strong it rains.
Getting around in the city is therefor quite a challenge. Yet, I made it to the Shanghai Biennale opening yesterday afternoon. I was not a proud owner of the large VIP invitation, never mind, just sneaked in the back entrance, ran into a friend (who came on his bicycle!!!). We accredited as journalists - problem solved!
So we started cruising around. I felt very comfortable wearing the ART GAG so I didn't have to talk THAT talk while I look at art.
TED prices winner JR's work was partly extremely badly lit. I guess they didn't know where to hang his huge panels elsewhere then instead in the hall way which is OK but without lights? Why not on the outside facade of the Art museums walls? That would suit the work much better.
Two important video pieces are shown. Both artist are represented by the same gallery in Shanghai. Both showed that work before. So the question is, why again the same works and why did THIS one get the big room and not THAT one? I guess they flipped a coin. So much about curating. I also heard that as a gallery you have to pay to be part of the Biennale.
Maleonn, our dear friend from 696 transfered part of his studio. Always a pleasure, well done!
Verdensteatret are from Norway. They must have said FUCK when Lui Xiaobowon the Nobel peace price and Chinas diplomatic relation with Norway are rather difficult now. Could that have been a reason for cancelation? Rumors of censorship made its round the days before the opening. But wonder: The North Europeans are here with a mystic installation, sort of "Edward Sissorhand", that displays shadows, wheels and harsh sounds.
There is of course more stuff to see but we had to run to opening # 2.
In the rain.