Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chad Rossouw's Sao Paulo Diary: Day One at the Biennale

Wednesday 27th

Wow. Thats all I can say.

The last few days have been absolutely amazing.

The bienal is full of art, and it can be a little overwhelming to take it all in. Some works that have stood out are David Claerbout's The Algiers's Section of a Happy Moment. It's a single photograph of a man feeding seagulls on a rooftop in Algiers. Its a slideshow, which shows the same image from hundreds of different angles and viewpoints. Its a masterpiece of compositing, and complete freezing of every possible moment of the photograph.

Aernout Mik produced a silent film of a political gathering. Without any clues as to motivation or intent, he gestures of the crowd become very loaded and intense

Chantal Akerman produced a series of videos called D'est. Many of them are slow pans across the streets of Russian cities, during the early nineties. Very moving

Chilling in between stretches at the Biennale, in the Park Ibipeura

Joseph Kosuth: Amazingly boring in the flesh!

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