Notes from Kochi Kochi-muzIris biennale, march 2017

The North Sea, as experienced from the sultry coast of Kochi. Speaking of transpositions, another memorable moment.

I wonder if in-situ art considers the physical conditions in which it would be experienced, in addition to the visual characteristics of the space it is housed in? Or is all art assumed to be experienced at 72 deg F?

Here, Voldermās Johanson's Thirst, recorded on my phone.

Simplicity of means, and precision, with Alicja Kwade's Out of Ouisa.

In praise of precision and craft...little else is required.

The tarp draped around an absent figure is exquisitely carved out of marble by Alex Sexton for "Refuge". The policeman looking away is an added bonus.

The Peace of Wild Thingspoem

~ Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

There are some quiet works at the Biennale in Kochi that have deeply impressed me; and most of these work with sound in one way or another.

Here, Katarina Zdjelar's "Shoum", recorded on my phone.

Someone recently said while speaking of some artistic endeavor or another, that disturbance is beautiful.

Here, the very body of the artist, Endri Dani, instigates an unmooring...it felt like one's anchors had come loose!

Notes from Kochi: the media works at Kochi have been an extremely physical experience . Demanding stillness from the audience in sauna-like spaces to engage with the audio/video loops, one sweats into the surreal worlds of the works, something that has been absent in the more regulated temperatures of art venues around the world...

Here, Javier Perez's En Puntas, recorded on my phone.

The release...sunfilters and breezeways, all; whether intended or not.

Wind chimes in Samooha's installation On-Stage: Sathenagar Here 2016
Coconut Tree (with the occasional falling coconut...I wonder how many casualties occur each year from being hit on the head with a coconut?)
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