3 Minute Wonder: Marcel Duchamp – Fountain

Installed for one day in a public toilet, Liverpool. As part of DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, acclaimed film director Mike Figgis worked with Tate on a series of short films that focus on conversations with people from Liverpool about works of art in the first floor displays.

Throughout 2009 select art works were taken into locations around the city, where members of the public were invited to talk about them in these new contexts.

http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/CollectionDisplays?venueid=4&showid=2279

Directed by Mike Figgis.
Produced by Red Mullet & Tate Media.

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  • georgia collins
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    i wish conceptual satires would stop wasting our time.

    "oh look at us all standing here giving our opinions. oh the irony. is this what he wanted to happen?? fancy going to watch my washing dry?? yeah ok"

    its gone too far up its own bottom if you ask me and insults beautifully skilled artists with integrity. ok maybe not such a intellectual head fuck but isnt emotion and poignancy more important??

    In the words of billy childish IS IT ART OR IS IT ARSE!??

  • almanacofsleep
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    @georgiafrombrighton depends on what emotions now doesn't it? And would you explain how conceptual art is going up its own arse? In what way are the practitioners are not skilled or have no integrity?

  • georgia collins
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    its too philosophical and in mine and many others opinion not art. It may be provoking people and make them wonder why anyone would want to put cows in glass containers or a poo in a jars. I find it an unimaginative way of fooling rich people to buying into a name because a critic said it was cleaver. concepts were fun until they sucked the technique out of art and started being silly. i do a visual arts course and love getting stuck into ideas from john cage ect but i dont think its art

  • Nashokadow
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    These people make me want to leave the art world entirley.
    Grow the fuck up; no one cares about your regurgetated arguments about this piece; it was revolutionary at the time; and that was a long fucking time ago. Move on to more contemporary matters or transfuse your thoughts with your own work; dont think allowed just because theres a micrphone there.
    Pretty sure the same goes for the majority of the youtube comments too.

  • michael97552
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    If I give you a book written in Spanish, and I then tell you this is indeed a wonderful book. Would you be able to understand it if you do not understand Spanish language? Talk about judging book by its cover. Some of you make hateful comments without even knowing its context. To understand what they were doing, you must first try to understand its history. Most the visual elements in today's culture are appropriation of the past history. Ex, your graphic t-shirts are children of modernist art

  • michael97552
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    Just wanna add this. Some may argue this is bad art, well fair enough. Everyone has their say about something. However, I would argue that bad art is just as important as good art. In many cases, bad art are easier to talk about, and it constantly gets re-discussed and re-circulated and eventually re-valued. In some instances, it gets resurrected and becomes good art. But still, you can't judge a work of art as bad just because you don't understand it.

  • GrooveInYourOwnTime
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    @mizzLebanese oh my bad, sorry. You'll need at least another lifetime to understand Duchamp. You can go back to studying your "high" art now and leave us the 21st century, the world we live in NOW.

  • GrooveInYourOwnTime
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    @mizzLebanese whether I like it or not? Are you mistaking yourself for God? who are you anyway? I certanly know who Duchamp is. Yeah…his "low art" is in museums all over the world, it must have been so ugly that people pay money to see it….yeah… nice logic there mizzL.

  • TheDoran144
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    Opinions are like arseholes – everyone has one an' some are more full o'shite dan odders!!!! No matter what anyone says dis is art!!! All you people who are tryin' t'say dis is not art should all be shot dead in front o'deir families!!!!

  • clint eastwood
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    Along with the non-art promotion of TV/video replacing painting and performance art replacing scuplture of which have there own genre film and theatre
    sponcered by the art councils, art grants, art awards, art prizes, commissions, biennials, general public galleries, pointless critcs and non-art gallery/museum curators.
    But crap does not only lay with art many people were saying before alot of music and flims are crap. eg. The X Factor.

  • clint eastwood
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    For the past 30 years non-art has prevailed to a period which I call Crapism. Ignorant people with more money than sense buying art which the general public and alot of art proffessionals call crap.

  • clint eastwood
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    A foreign art collector like Saatchi who buys non-art for alot of money say a un made bed by Tracy Emin and sells it to a general public art museum at a profit or gives it away and is now said to represent contemporary art taste in Britain
    from spending so much money on crap art. The YBA's meaning here Young Bullshit Artists.

  • clint eastwood
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    The point is Duchamp displayed something which is non-art in an art gallery.
    People do not buy from an commercial art galleries urinals and take it home and put on the window sill something which is artistically designed for you to piss in.

  • Hannah Sieber
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    I defiantly don't enjoy "The Fountain." I feel that the whole point of the piece isn't substantial enough to be art. I think if anyone has to ask the question of what art is, they will probably never understand the answer, and also probably won't understand the statement Duchamp was making. And that is all this piece is, a statement.

  • 12ft Narcoleptic Panda
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    One of these replicas was purchased for $1.7 million dollars in 1999. Now I don't know about you, and pardon my language, but I think that's bullshit. Regardless of the concept expressed, an artwork's monetary value should be dependent on a balance between its meaning and the amount of labour put into it. If a piece like "the fountain" is displayed in a museum, that means another artwork had to be kicked out of that spot, a work that was probably more difficult to compose and took up more resources. This art piece may have conceptual value, but the amount of work put into it is so low that it unfairly robs Duchamp's fellow artists. 

  • HEVER larsen
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    What the fuck all this people are talking about ? tihis isn' art its just a urinal , the artist its just trying to prove how people reacts when you tell them what to think about what art is , and whats not.

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