Re: [-empyre-] Documenta reviews

I saw groups of Chinese everywhere, and on my last day, met the Chinese interpreter with whom I had the pleasure of conversation in the only language we shared, German. We puzzled over why it was such a poor exhibition.

I sat in the chairs throughout the exhibition, along with all the other weary ones.

Christina McPhee wrote:

To be frank I didn't notice groups of Chinese people. I was there for the several preview days and left on the afternoon of opening day. I wll be going back next week for the magazine conference.

What was strange though were Wei Wei's conglomerations of antique Chinese chairs. Grouped elegantly and anonymously in the midst of
what sort of seemed like installations of other art. Boundaries completely fluid, differentiation between different 'works' seemingly treated as unimportant.

Unfortunately throughout the Aue Pavilion and the Neue Gallerie, there seemed to be no places to actually sit when exhausted, to wait for someone, etc.

THe Chinese chairs intensified an atmosphere of uncanny oppression -- so few human-scaled accomodations (architecturally) to the needs of visitiors, so many strange gestures.

Could you sit on the chairs ? or not?  no one was.


On Jul 10, 2007, at 9:45 AM, Patrick W. Deegan wrote:

for anyone else there witnessing D12, i would be deeply interested in firsthand reactions, assessments, news, or lack of any of these things regarding Ai Weiwei's "importation" of 1001 Chinese to Germany for one part of his ouevre there.
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