© 2009 Lynsey

051 – Descending a staircase

All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone.. the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. — Marcel Duchamp

When I was in High School, one of my mates was obsessed with Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. Who wasn’t? He had a poster of the work on his bedroom wall. Over time he became more obsessed until the madness could be contained no more and he tore the poster down and shredded it into tiny pieces. I could never figure it out. Not the shredding bit – that made perfect sense. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t cut up some text and mash it up into new works in a concrete poetry style. Angst. Teenagers. Nothing changes.

The City Library spent quite a bit of the day trying to engage with the new art gallery extensions, but snootily the gallery was just too important, too busy, darling, to deal with your kind. You can be so – derivative. Rather hurtful, I thought, and I made a photo of the Library’s best effort. Just as well there was me – the spectator – there, or there wouldn’t have been any art whatsoever.

Manifesto
03. Every day is an opportunity to reflect on the past.
14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
17. Every day look through a new lens.

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