14th June 2009

Proposal No. 14

Art should concern itself with discussion, communication and the sharing and dissemination of knowledge. When you visit an exhibition the aim of the artwork, and of the viewer, should be to develop a dialogue between the various elements. This would be the artwork, the gallery space, other visitors, the gallery staff and the person themselves.*

How can this dialogue, this sharing and dissemination of knowledge become the artwork? How can an individual, or community, own an artwork? Not as a passive spectator but as an important element of the creation of the art, where the dissemination of knowledge becomes the work? This would result in the freedom of knowledge where no-one owns the artwork outright but is free for everyone and anyone to obtain and use.

I propose to present an exhibition of Robert Barry’s 1969 work ‘Telepathic Piece’. Robert Barry is known for using microwaves, electromagnetic fields, ultrasonic sound and inert gases in his practice. ‘Telepathic Piece’ aimed to ‘communicate telepathically a work of art, the nature of which is a series of thoughts that are not applicable to language or image.’

The exhibition will tour to a number of galleries worldwide and will include a ‘catalogue’, a talk and a radio station for the duration of the tour, which will allow for artists to present their own work in relation to ‘Telepathic Piece’. Galleries it will be presented at include Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, UK; Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Washington, USA; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

* A dialogue takes place between two or more people, one person can have an internal dialogue.


Ben Jones


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