Just came back from visit to Venice Biennale. Need some time to copy memory snaps I made, so will comment on some pieces in the next days.
My favourites were sound installation 'The Spin' by Tarek Atoui (with rotating and activated objects of ceramic and other materials; very good overall composition, too), and installation 'Biologizing the 123 Machine' by Anicka Yi (concrete floor, water basins, fabulous yellowish hanging objects with "moths").
talking country pavillions. So Germany included a sound installation, commendable as such, unfortunately the artist didn't have a clue how to do a sound installation.
On the positive end: Turkey was very cool with a surrealist "environment" with video, metal objects, and sound composition. Denmark had two strong pieces from one artist. Spain also interesting. Off the grid, New Zealand was good with a sound / media art installation. Malaysia had a great "video" installation.
- the two related installations by Kemang Wa Lehulere, using dog figurines, sound, light, and strange objects
- 'Walled Unwalled' by Lawrence Abu Hamdan (three channel video piece "staged" in foley radio studios)
- spider web installation by Tomás Saraceno.
- 'Thinking Head' by Lara Favaretto, intriguing assemblage of objects and words
You can find some pictures and videos on https://universes.art/en/venice-biennale/2019
Lara Favaretto had another amazing piece there, '5 parts, 2019: Blocking. Buffering. Dragging. Overburning. Sniffing' ; a group of concrete objects.
I'm usually rather bored by sculpture (and the biennale was filled with boring sculptures), but this settings was more of an installation, a trace of actions, a conceptual linking between the words and the traces in the concrete.