Expo goers go gaga over the green screen.
Remember that angry email from the Commissioner General of the Czech pavilion to Expo 2010’s Steering Committee? Pavel Antonín Stehlík’s concern #2 was that the pavilion would have to close in May due to his staff’s residence permit problems. Bureaucratic missiles and whatnot aside, we hope that doesn’t happen — the Czech pavilion is one pavilion where we, and the Chinese visitors with us, had the most fun. Czech street artists often perform outside the pavilion to eager crowds, and the inside is chock full of 20 digital exhibits and installations (like the giant golden teardrop by Federico Diaz), even a green screen. “What’s so exciting about a green screen!?” a friend asked. Well, a whole lot, judging by the excitement and long line of people waiting to hop into the miniature glider.
In any case, no matter what happens to the Czech pavilion this month, it looks like the building will have a long life ahead of it as opposed to being dismantled when the Expo ends. A town near Shanghai apparently wants to buy the Czech pavilion, and a site has already been selected for it. Stehlík is apparently supposed to begin negotiations on the sale, though we’re wondering whether he’s still in the mood after recent frustrations, as leaked earlier.