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Shark bite

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For the first time ever, St Mark's Square was closed to the public for the starstudded premiere of Shark Tale by Steven Spielberg, part of the Venice Film Festival (which overlapped with the biennale).

The film was shown on a giant inflatable screen, while the square was lit by lamps on massive space-beam structures, and the whole thing was put up and taken down in a day. It reminded your correspondent of the Instant City project by Archigram in 1968, designed by one Peter Cook, this year's curator of the British Pavilion.

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