I am in Hull right now. I’m at the launch of Foutain17. It is the 100th anniversary of Duchamp’s Fountain’s. It’s in the picture above. Fountain has been seen as a quintessential example of what he called a ‘readymade’. Without it there’d be no My Bed by Tracy Emin. Its also 200th anniversary of Armitage Shanks. Put these two together and you have Hull City of Culture’s Fountain17. (cont)
Fountain17 is an interpretation of the urinal in recognition of Duchamp. by many artists. 20 months ago I was given my files from the social services. I wrote about it here. Some of the pages have been printed onto the ceramic urinal. It is in the tradition of concrete poetry too. I am really proud of this work. It will be coming to London in May. I’m not taking the piss. Honest.
Professor John Burford is an architect who helped stop The Leaning Tower of Pisa from Falling. He once told me that once his creations have been built he takes a walk inside them. Alone. He saysthat then the building speaks to him through its physicality and he can know if it is male or female. My piece is called Mountain after The Iron Mountain – the data storage company who had my files. But is it male or female. It’s clear to me. But what do you think? If you zoom in you can read the words too. At some point it will be auctioned.