The 55th Venice Biennale Is a High-Speed Train Very Focused on a Destination, and Prone to Crashing
by Jen Graves
on Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Photo by David Quigg
DEATH BY TRAIN The replica, with actual clothes from workers living around the world.
You only get lost in Venice, Italy, if you have an idea of where you want to go. If you attempt focus. At this, Venice will rise up against you. Let's say your desired destination is this one restaurant named after assassins, or this other one where the politicians hang out and the fishes are prepared in the Venetian style. Or maybe your destination is this exhibition by Chinese artists that includes a full-scale replica of the high-speed commuter train that crashed and killed hundreds of people not long ago, with laundry lines of actual workers' clothes dangling above the train replica—not to be confused with that other exhibition by Chinese artists that includes so many artists that looking at it would be like trying to picture the whole of China at once inside your head, so why try.