The Habsburgs, Alternative Facts, 12minutes

Andrew Spackman, Craig Barber

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Abstract

"In Alternative Facts, the Habsburgs perform a musical piece using toilet bowls, which they have made into instruments that resemble Alphorns. They have written a score for the performance using images of 76 noses, 74 of which belong to the most powerful people in the world as per American business publication Forbes (plus another 2 ‘wildcard’ noses). The score plays upon an Olympic chess game between Frank James Marshall and Marcel Duchamp which ended in a draw and comprised 76 moves."

Celebrating the dual anniversaries of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (100 years) and Armitage Shanks (200 years) in 2017; the year that Hull is City of Culture.

MARCEL DUCHAMP’S FOUNTAIN

In April 1917 French artist Marcel Duchamp submitted his ‘readymade’ Fountain to the Society of Independent Artists’ first exhibition in New York. Fountain was a pre-existing manufactured urinal, signed ‘R.Mutt’; which Duchamp selected, turned on its back and presented for exhibition. The exhibit was rejected. This action redirected the trajectory of 20th century art and in 2004, 500 elected art professionals voted Fountain the most influential artwork of the 20th century.

ARMITAGE SHANKS
In 1817 Thomas Bond, a brick maker in the village of Armitage, built a bottle kiln and began manufacturing tableware. By the mid 19th century the company began manufacturing sanitary ware sold under the name Armitage Ware. Armitage
Ware merged with Shanks in 1969 to form Armitage Shanks. In 1998 Ideal Standard purchased Armitage Shanks. Armitage Shanks remains a brand within the Ideal Standard UK Company brand portfolio today and is used primarily to
market washrooms and bathrooms within Commercial sectors. Ideal Standard has been an employer within Hull for over a hundred years.

HULL AND CITY OF CULTURE

Hull is a city with a strong history connected to the fishing industry and the docks. The city also has a recent history of temporary, experimental artist led initiatives. 2013 saw Hull successful in their bid to become the second UK City of Culture and today in 2017 “365 days of transformative cultural activity” has begun…
Original languageEnglish
TypeFountain 17 - Celebrating the dual anniversaries of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (100 years) and Armitage Shanks (200 years) in 2017; the year that Hull is City of Culture.
Media of outputExhibition
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Fountain
  • City of Culture

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