1. Mark your map. Know not only who but where your ‘must see’ artists are located. Don’t waste precious time. Prepare to use your mental energy with the work not on getting to it.
2. Do a run-through. Everyone has a ‘must see’ list, but since you are there give it a run-through. Start at the beginning and go to the end giving everything a quick look no more than 15 seconds per work and make notes for second examinations. This way you see new things and learn what you like and don’t like.
Shock’s projected graffiti was a breath of fresh air at the Venezuelan Pavilion. Curated by Juan Calzadilla.
3. Take a break … Hydrate! Our minds need a break, so before you go for that second examination of those noted works, get a snack and a drink of water to refresh the mind.This is Alfredo Jaar’s one liner of sinking Venice in the Chilean Pavilion.
4. Look first, read later. Everyone learns differently and every work communicates differently too. First take it in visually then read more. This way you can see if the work correlates to the description before you read it. Otherwise it can taint the whole experience.Vadim Zakharov’s participatory piece ‘Danae’ left us intrigued and segregated with his division of actions according to gender in the Russian Pavilion.
5. Spend time on things that move you. Listening to our emotions and instincts is a hard business if you aren’t accustomed to it. Our initial thoughts and emotions are there to guide us, so listen up. Artwork that moves us can inform our artistic practice for a lifetime. So if you come upon a work that made you stop, think and feel, highlight it and give it your time.
What are your recommendations on viewing Art?