The Readymade and Destruction in Art

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On the 2nd October I took part in a panel discussion at the Royal Academy exploring concepts of the readymade and destruction in art. It was fascinating to hear artists Cornelia Parker and Christian Marclay talk about destructive processes in their own practice, and the panel was expertly chaired by Prof. Dario Gamboni. The RA have subsequently released a podcast of the discussion, which I have included below for anyone interested in the topic.

“Many of the strategies that Ai Weiwei employs as an artist can be easily aligned within the legacy of iconoclasm and the notion of art under attack. Works such as Dropping a Han-Dynasty UrnHan Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo and Kippe all possess an action or process by the artist which subverts the original visual representation and meaning of an object.”

Dario Gamboni, Professor of Art History at the University of Geneva, chairs this panel, which invites speakers to discuss the intention and meaning behind the destructive processes in art’s creation and display, and the impact this has on the way we interact and react to its emotive power to shock and subvert meaning.

Panellists include:

• Artist Christian Marclay, who first became internationally known in the 1980s for his reassembled readymades created from fragmented vinyl records, in his series of work Recycled Records.

• Cornelia Parker RA, who explores the transformation of material matter and function in her art.

Together they will join art historian Dr Ros Holmes (University of Oxford) to consider this provocative topic.