Re: Virtual Concerto

Subject: Re: Virtual Concerto
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 19:49:31 EDT

Michael Gogins wrote:

>In the case of the urinal, by itself it obviously has no such power; part of
>the work therefore, is the context and presuppositions that Duchamp and what
>the audience already knew about him brought along with the porcelain object
>into its presentation.

It's also signed "R Mutt" in a very funny, dripping way, and it's called
"fountain." So it's as though
this work, obviously a complete blooper, is here presented as the work
of some
blooper-prone artist who may be an avatar of a comic strip character of
the period. In a
way the piece is an invocation of the misunderstandings that may have
arisen in this
fictitious artist's mind, making it similar in spirit to some of the
problems about virtual
composers/improvisors we've been discussing.

-- eliot

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