Venice Biennale of Art – 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale 2015 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 56th International Art Exhibition attempts to capture the rich diversity of the art-world, with all it’s unexpected sights and sounds. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and this year it features shows from 88 countries across the entire city. More than 150 artists are taking part in the Biennale, and the event attracts more than 350,000 world-wide visitors – from artists, art-lovers and collectors.
‘Rêvolutions’ by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, France
The roof has come off and there is a tree sat in the middle of Francia. Nature’s taking over. On closer inspection, the three Scotch pines exhibited in the space and just outside the entrance are actually slowly turning, dancing on hidden wheels in strange choreography with one another and with the bemused visitors. The sinister twist behind this theatrical, en plein air spectacle is the robotic controlling mechanism, which itself is supposedly governed by the trees own metabolism, the variation in speed of its sap flow, for instance.
Photographs & text: Wallpaper