As the Biennale grows closer, we were surprised and dismayed that the WPS1 Venice radio station tragically sunk into the Grand Canal. The exclusive site for up-to-the-minute international gossip and scandals unfortunately ran adrift on its rudderless barge.
Meanwhile, preparations continue. In reviewing the 2005 program of the Biennale, and the many dispatches sent to me here at the Istanbul Consulate, I see the curators and commissioners are making important strides in their contribution to freedom’s cause – from the Arsenale to the Giardini. In recent months, as press materials have circulated, as talk has spread, as gossip heats up, the world has marveled at the hopeful changes taking place from Austria to New Zealand. Before there was a Purple Revolution in Iraq, or an Orange Revolution in Ukraine, or a Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, or the Rose Revolution in Georgia, there was New Zealand’s et al, “the art of keeping the mind in that state wherein there is neither inhibition of nor reaction to thoughts.” There was the Austrian Hans Schabus, who understands the Pavilion as “a singular space, not as the site of an exhibition, an object for artistic intervention.” And there was Britain’s Gilbert & George, developing new ways of showing “taboo-grating images of the social world,” and, most notably, “bodily fluids and waste.”
The courage to present these artists is inspiring citizens everywhere and sending a powerful message that echoes across the art world: Artistic Freedom is on the march, transforming the future of every nation and every people on Earth!