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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Would You Like A Portable Confessional Unit?

posted by on September 30 at 10:47 AM

Maybe, in these desperate times, you have something you need to get off your chest. Maybe you just need a place to hide out and mutter to yourself for the next four years in the case that McCain is elected president.

Well, here’s the device for you: a portable confessional unit made and once operated by the artist trio PDL, now selling on eBay for $100.

Here’s how it works:

As an arty aside, here’s an essay that just came out this month on the wave of “service aesthetics”artists performing straight-up services—sweeping contemporary art. I especially like the author’s distinction between the more group-y “relational aesthetics,” in which the artist tries to disappear into some constructed collective body, and, say Mark Bradford’s performance of a hair salon called Shop at the 2002 Art Basel Miami Beach. Bradford says:

I wasn’t trying to educate and enlighten with some critical discourse. It’s just that I was formerly a hairdresser, and it’s the same hands I use in my art practice as the hands I used as a hairdresser, so I wanted to bridge the contemporary art world and the service industry. It was about moving across cultural borders, class borders, work borders, aesthetic borders to offer something for free that people enjoyed. The piece was successful because the service we were providing was authentic and good.

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A portable confessional was already done by the prankster/culture jammer Joey Skaggs back in 1992 for the Democratic National Convention. Get with the times, PDL.

Posted by bookworm | September 30, 2008 2:49 PM
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