Conscientious' cutting-room floor blog
"The work is connected to the history of street photography,” he explains, “but also to the 20th-century ready-made movement. So leaving those artefacts in the image is extremely important. In the bottom-left corner of each picture is a link that says, ‘Report a problem’. Maybe in the middle ages you passed somebody in trouble on the road and were confronted with the moral dilemma of whether to help them. Then came a time when you could call the police. Now we’ve reached the point where it’s a hyperlink. That represents just how alienated we’ve become from reality."
JMC: You know what, I might as well say this. I have no problem with that work. It’s fine for what it is. What I do have a problem with is the way there’s supposed artistic weight hung around it, by making all these claims, about “the history of street photography” or, even worse, “we’ve reached the point where it’s a hyperlink. That represents just how alienated we’ve become from reality.” Seriously? So we’re looking at funny snapshots someone picked off GSV, but it’s about how “alienated we’ve become from reality”? Really? I know artists need to embellish their work with theoretical stuff to impress art critics, but it really rubs me the wrong way, especially in this context.