Fantasies of The Knowable Object

Purple, Nº12, verano de 2002

Bennett Simpson

A piece called “Little Frank and His Carp” that I produced with consonni in the Guggenheim Bilbao served as an introduction. I perform the role of a museum visitor listening to the official audio tour, which can be heard as a voice-over in the video. The audio tour is a really outrageous example of the way corporatized museums are appropriating and commifying artistic transgression, sensuality, transcendence. We are told to caress the museum’s sensuous curves. Let’s just say that I get carried away while wearing very short dress.