Just returned from Singapore a few days ago, exhuasted but happy that the biennale opened almost totally on time and with no major problems. The opening days were a haze - strange days, as most artists and visitors are there to enjoy themselves, see the exhibition and talk to us, and yet I found myself checking and double-checking installations, calling artists about small details and generally not being able to relax. I suppose the time and energy invested in such an undertaking makes you want to follow things through to the end. The third and final opening night though, was the beginning of a 'post-biennale' period for me. After a high brow French themed party at one of the venues, Tanglin Camp, artists and friends moved into Federico's Herrero's Hammock lounge to continue drinking and partying. I took my i-pod and Director Fumio Nanjo's Bose speakers, as I knew there was no music there, and we set up a wonderful house party, in the true spirit of the term. Now back in Tokyo, it is taking a little time to find my pre-biennale life. Its funny writing this and using terms like post and pre-biennale!
AIT is now working hard on co-organising a closed think tank session this coming weekend together with curator Clementine Deliss, Documenta 12 and the Mori Museum. Topic is The Future Academy, and I have been writing a short text and preparing a 'performance' for this. Over sixty participants from around the world are taking part. I understand that Documenta 12 curators are also here, and will give a small private press briefing. Posts on this later.
Oh yes, Singapore biennale-wise, we are producing a post-exhibition catalogue, and the curators will be in conversation with participating artist Luchezar Boyadjiev via a blog for the next week or so. This is closed, but the resulting conversations and musings will be edited into the catalogue. Related to this, has been my ongoing mammoth image sorting task - I took nearly two thousand images of the entire process and reviewing them and editing has been something like confrontation therapy.
Teaching begins again this evening.