I'm planning on heading to the Venice Biennale in the next few weeks, and I'm already a little overwhelmed by the amount of choice, the logistics and on getting myself up to date with the artists who have convened from almost 80 countries this year.
But, just looking at the event's website has set me off thinking about the way in which we encounter art these days.
Once upon a time, we relied on word of mouth, or the more passionate followers of culture, specific articles and publications that we could use to inform ourselves about the concepts of events and exhibitions. There was something more organic and less instantly gratifying about the process in that we had to apply ourselves to the process of engagement.
But nowadays, much like booking a hotel room or researching a holiday, we put more faith into web based summaries and the photographs that have been uploaded in service of any written material that has been produced. If we are not instantly gratified or intrigued, we simply dismiss what is offered to us, and as someone who has run an artspace, which relied so heavily on the system of online promotion, its daunting to think that I too am guilty of bearing that dismissive attitude.
So to counteract the tendency, I am going to commit to a gradual reveal. I am slowly going to investigate and inform myself about what is on offer, in recognition of the fatigue that often accompanies the heavy, concept based writing and about art. I am going to try and find those moments in the day when my desire to know, to learn is high, and hopefully, I will enjoy the challenge and stimulation of getting myself across a world of art and ideas in the lead up to the trip to the circus.