What does a biennale look like when it’s run by a group of businessmen and politicians? If Denver’s Biennial of the Americas (July 16-September 2) is any indication, like some awful, biennale-length franken-conference in the service of multinational corporations. Art, when it was given a place at all, was used primarily as a branding tool for the event; it’s not surprising then that it has little to offer art lovers or businesspeople. Even the Biennial’s expressed aims—idea exchange, and looking to booming economies in the north and south—weren’t achieved.
You’re looking at my digs for the night. Architect Alex Schweder, along with the Biennial of the Americas team have invited me to sleep in this van mobile hotel. I’m going to take them up on the offer even though I have no idea how the shower in this thing will work and pretty sure the plastic can you can barely make out behind the lift is where my pee will go. I don’t want anyone to have to clean up my urine, so think I’ll be holding it for the evening.