Uncomfortably Reverential?

posted: 08-09-10
Ilan Averbuch,
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The Boston-area DeCordova Sculpture Park has created an iPhone app that allows visitors to eavesdrop on pre-recorded auto-commentary on the pieces on display. Notably, the recorded critics found Ilan Averbuch's "Skirt and Pants (after Duchamp)" to be "uncomfortably reverential," although there appears to be some cryptic debate in the database about the work.

Such auto-commentary may resemble the silent discourse between the artist as mediator of the work, the audience and the work itself. Or it may simply add a new layer of complication if not noise.


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