In­side the Bi­en­nale

Short film se­ries by Artsy and Scenic artsy.net (nine episodes)

Azure - - MEDIA SHELF - BY ERIN DON­NELLY

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.

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