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15 September, 2006

Define 'art'

Various green spaces within the University have hosted unusual structures in recent weeks.  They've resembled livestock enclosures, but in odd shapes.  In plan view, one was 'S'-shaped, with both ends open, another was the shape of a round-bottomed bottle, and others were less describable.

I'd presumed they were art installations – there is an ongoing exhibition of work by MA Arts students (is 'Master of Arts in Art' tautological?), but I belatedly discovered today that I was mistaken. They were temporarily installed as part of some agriculture-related conference, and really are livestock enclosures.



Back in June, we visited J's brother's 1st yr exhibition. After two hours of wandering around/past/through increasingly bizarre draperies, bathtubs, video screens and canvases, we arrived at a small label on a blank wall with no apparent exhibit nearby.

The rest of the evening was spent trying to work out if it was referring to the pile of breezeblocks in the middle of the floor or the radiator.

Posted by Calephetos at September 16, 2006 06:02 PM

Alas, the agricultural art installations have now gone back to the farmyard. I particularly liked the brandenberg gate constructed from hay bales. I'm informed that it was all meant to be art - not just a display of agricultural odds and ends. It was supposed to show how the agricultural community can diversify. Hmmm.

I was very tempted to find/make/borrow some fake cattle to put in those pens.

Posted by Andrew at September 22, 2006 11:35 AM
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