54th Art Biennale 2011
Curated by: Simona Lodi and Les Liens Invisibles
Participating Artists: Artie Vierkant, Costant Dullart, CONT3XT.NET, IOCOSE, Jon Rafman, Les Liens Invisibles, Molleindustria, Parker Ito, REFF–RomaEuropa FakeFactory
The art, my friend, is flowing in the wind. The Invisible Pavilion is a non-invitation, experimental, hallucinatory augmented reality experience that will run for the duration of the Venice Art Biennale as a squatted stage on which a performance flow of artworks will fill the whole area of the Giardini.
The main purpose of the project is to fill the augmented space of the Biennale with a stream of signs and symbols, in an attempt to emphasize the ebb and flow of art production in the “always-on” age.
Anyone with a smart-phone (iPhone or any other Android-based phone and Layar) will be able to move around the traditional pavilions in the Giardini area of the Biennale and see, through their phone screens, another immaterial/invisible exhibition.
For the entire length of the Venice Art Biennale (June–November 2011) a group of selected international artists have been invited to give their personal contribution to the project, by performing/posting multimedia pieces that should somehow reinterpret the public space of the Biennale and its symbolic aura in the field of contemporary art.
The artworks will also be visible on the Internet, on the Invisible Pavilion website. As Simona Lodi says in the curatorial text, “The Invisible Pavilion is a hallucinatory experience of rewriting the world, an encouragement to increase the whirl and flow of information on invisible r/Reality.
The Invisible Pavilion contains a r/Reality that is open and spontaneous, drawn and analysed from shared data. The double r reflects its double connotation—the lower case r refers to the everyday reality that we all know; the upper case R to a proprietary name, the augmented Reality that is produced.“
Simona Lodi, art critic and curator, lives in Turin. Since 1993 she has been a contributor to various leading contemporary art journals. Simona’s professional career spans New York, London and Turin—a city that has embraced the world of new technology and communication. It is in this context that the Share Festival–Art in the Digital Age, of which Simona is founder and Art Director, has found fertile ground to grow and develop.
Les Liens Invisibles is an Italian-based duo of internet artists, Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini. Most of their artworks—which include an online viral mass suicide performance, an hallucinatory petition service and a series of other works staged on popular social media platforms—have been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums (MAXXI Rome, New School of New York, KUMU Art Museum of Talinn) and international media art festivals (SHARE, Transmediale). Les Liens Invisibles recently received an honorary distinction at the Transmediale Media Art Festival (2011).