Re: [-empyre-] Documenta reviews
I started to notice groups of Chinese people after I was invited to
eat with a couple of them at their camp. I was impressed how they
brought everything from china, including potatoes. honestly, it was
the most interesting experience I had in Kassel (sure, like many
other "works" it demanded a proper introduction, a willingness to
seek further explanations, as if there was always something missing).
but the interesting thing from my point of view was to notice that
the city was not prepared to afford all those Chinese, as they were
not tourists, neither costumers. most of them could not afford
shopping. they did not belong to the art circuit, as they were not
skilled spectators, not artists. this was good. Wei wei's work spread
out like a virus, far beyond the empty chairs (that should be exactly
for them, sometimes postioned to the garden, not to the exhibition
itself). as a commissioned work it brought a bit of real
displacement, a sense of the side effects that the art system very
just my humble cents, on this expensive exhibiton.
At 19:06 +0100 10/7/07, 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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