I have an old Toby Jug that belonged to my Dad; it’s one of my most special possessions.
Get Together is a review of the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition in Kassel Germany in 2012. The theme of the exhibition was Collapse and Recovery, it brought together artists from many countries and utilised both current and historic artworks. One of the outcomes of the exhibition was that it served to encourage collaborations, make connections across time and countries and to highlight parallels of experience.
Art today is schizophrenic. It is composed of so many disparate and warring elements and objectives that it is no wonder that it has been as difficult to define what art is, as it has been for the public to understand art outside the conventional ‘norms’. What is strange, given the almost 100 years that have passed since Duchamp’s Fountain (1917), is that this struggle for definition is still ongoing. The idea of readymades, installation and conceptual art is hardly new, and yet these ideas are still nebulous to those outside the ‘art world’.
Now, once I feel myself observed by the lens, everything changes: I constitute myself in the process of “posing,” I instantaneously make another body for myself, I transform myself in advance into an image. (Barthes, 1980, p.10)