Artists get with the band in Venice
An essential and iconoclastic event at the Venice Biennale, The Venetian Blinds invites rock groups founded by artists to perform on stage from 7 to 9 May.
Sponsored by the Palazzo Grassi, the Consortium in Dijon and Silencio in Paris, “The Venetian Blinds. Artist-run Bands” is taking place at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale from 7 to 9 May.
This festival is the first ever entirely dedicated to rock groups founded by contemporary artists. The concerts will take place in the majestic Teatrino, which reopened two years ago after being completely reconfigured by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
On Saturday 9 May, at 10.30 pm, Martin Creed (the 2001 Turner Prize winner) and his band will share their alternative-rock sound with a Venetian audience. The group’s most recent album, Love To You, produced by Johnny Marr and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, was released in 2012.
“I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”
On Thursday 7 May, at 10.30 pm, the group led by Canadian photographer and video artist Rodney Graham will play their psychedelic folk-rock set. “Graham has always kept the question open: am I a musician trapped in an artist’s mind or an artist trapped in a musician’s body?”, says Kim Gordon, the singer and bassist of Sonic Youth.
On Saturday 9 May at 9.30 pm, I Apologize, a group formed by Jean-Luc Verna, Gautier Tassart and Julien Tiberi, will reprise the songs and attitudes of their idols Siouxsie and the Banshees, T. Rex and Janis Joplin. “I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”
The Venetian Blinds, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, from 7 to 9 May. To see the entire programme with Emily Sundblad & Matt Sweenery, The Rodney Graham Band, The Cornichons, Bob Carol Ted, I Apologize and Martin Creed and his band, visit www.thevenetianblinds.com/en/lineup