Always crashing in the same car?

Car installations - crashed or otherwise - seem to be this year's thing at international exhibitions. After the crashed cars in the sculpture exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery (see post below) comes a a car crash opera in the Hungarian pavillion at the Venice Biennale, using one crashed BMW and a video recording of two opera singers in the back of a taxi performing a libretto that is, or sounds like, the transcript of a police interview.

An upcoming festival of time-based art the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art also features installations by artist Jesse Sugarman with cars rendered undriveable and transformed into sculptural installations, as well as a video projection by James Benning featuring cars driving through concrete tunnels.

The theme of the summer could be "J.G. Ballard drives again". The soundtrack?  A mix of multiple versions of "Warm Leatherette".

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