Inside the Biennale
Short film series by Artsy and Scenic artsy.net (nine episodes)
Gary Hustwit’s V.R. company, Scenic, teamed up with Artsy to offer a whole new way to explore this year’s Venice Art Biennale. This nine-part online series of shorts offers 360-degree views of the event, as well as conversations with artists and curators including Dawn Kasper, Massimiliano Gioni and Erwin Wurm. Episode 2, for instance, takes us to Studio Venezia, where artist Xavier Veilhan has transformed Faust Finzi’s 1912 French Pavilion into a recording studio by reimagining the interior as a giant musical instrument made from wood and fabric. The 360-degree view is particularly fun here, allowing viewers to explore the multi-faceted space – which includes several built-in instruments – as live audiences take in recording sessions. If you happen to have a V.R. viewer lying around, the films can even be enjoyed in 3-D. But the immersive experience the 360-degree view offers already adds new dimension to the films. The series captures not only images of the biennale, but also the event’s energy, allowing us to engage from anywhere in the world.