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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Oh No

To the Canny Toon on a bright winter morning, where I spent an idle hour by the Tyne. Most disturbing of all the generally rather bad exhibits within the Baltic Centre on Gateshead's quayside is Candice Breitz's John Lennon video installation. Ascending the right hand stairwell, 30-odd video screens replay 30 odd John Lennon fans recreating a capella the Plastic Ono Band album in its entirety. Somehow I can't help but think that this is a performance for which the world is not yet ready. However, their voices induced a certain catharsis by the time I reached the top, raising cruelly dashed hopes that the summit might feature Yoko being burnt in effigy.
I descended by the lift.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Eleanor said...

As if the original weren't enough, eh? Were there any pissed-off cats hanging around?

20/11/06 12:02 am  
Blogger Nick said...

On the positive side, the installation notably omitted a performance of that apogee of half-baked platitude & sophomoric banality Imagine

28/11/06 5:10 pm  

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