POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
The Guggenheim, New York
The Wall Street Journal SpeakEasy blog hosts the best piece on Tino Seghal I’ve read to date. It’s by the father of two kids participating in Seghal’s work at the Guggenheim. A few highlights:
In the evenings, I would ask them, did anyone say anything interesting?
“No, they all say the same things. Forward motion, change over time.”
The first few days were not encouraging. “People don't understand the piece, dad,” my eldest son would said to me. “I ask them if they want to follow me and they say no and walk up the rotunda without me. Only five people said yes. I got like 20 nos.”
Kino, my eldest, told me that one guy said it was the sequential development of a society over a period of time. “That was hard to remember.” The best response they heard so far, the one that got them thinking, was “Progress is a myth”.
And perhaps the most profound observation about art I’ve heard in a very long time:
I asked them, “Is it art?”
“Sure,” they said.
“But there are no pictures, no sculptures.” I pointed out.
My youngest responded “Yeah, but it's like spiritual. Not like that stuff.”
Does this generation no longer consider objects capable of transcendence? To read the full piece click here.