"Too Close to Duchamp's Bicycle"
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-07-11
Les Liens Invisibles, still from Too close to Duchamp's Bicycle, 2010
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What is Les Liens Invisibles?  Apparently, it is an “imaginary” partnership between a pair of Italian artists, Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini, who focus on creating net art subversive media based art.  They have been gaining notoriety an exhibition space in places like the Venice Biennale and the New School  in New York, and their work is thought provoking to say the least.  In one email interview, the duo discussed their mistrust of the words of their artistic statement, despite their close allegiance to conceptual work.  They said, “Words are like a funny playground: you can have a lot of fun with them, but, in times of semiotic saturation and media proliferation, you shouldn’t give words too much importance, especially if we are the ones who spoke them.”  Their tone is steeped in the jargon of critical theory: one can’t help but be reminded of Derrida’s discussion of signature and text in the now iconic  “Signature Event Context.”

One of their pieces of internet art should be particularly interesting to readers of this blog.  It’s called “Too close to Duchamp’s Bicycle” and “it’s a poetic declaration about how [they] got too close to Duchamp’s Bicycle.  Go visit it here.” 

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