In 2017, it had been 100 years since Duchamp put a loo onto a pedestal. What is not quite as established is what happened to the thing afterwards. Thrown out with the rubbish, some say.
Marcel also really is a she, Mademoiselle Rrose Sélavy, and a very good friend of THE DOCTOR… What is far less known is that Rrose gave the iconic piece to DOCTOR by way of a re-incarnation present. Every time she whizzes through 2017 on her timeless travels she is sneaking the thing onto one heap of rubbish or other, wondering if someone might notice.
And because the DOCTOR has a very particular humour, she made it look rather like like a modern toilet. Another fact that has been lost to history is that the DOCTOR invented the shape of the modern sanitary facility, and designed the item to look a bit like the Starship Enterprise.
I would like you to send me photographs of toilets in the street, in the rubbish, anywhere else but the bathroom! If enough of them come together I will collate everything into one image and submit it to the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition 2018… where I am banking on it being rejected and thereby eligible for London’s very own Salon des Refuses. Any questions, contact me!
- More information about Duchamp’s “Fountain” can be found on the Tate website
- More also at http://www.independent.co.uk
With sightings by (so far):
Ben Guiver | Clay Gold | Dario Lo Cicero | Francis Stevens | Fred Schmid | Gary Charles |Holly Rodgers | Ian Stonehouse | Iris Garrelfs | Izzy Meyer | Julian Weaver | Karen Stone | Kirsten Reynolds | Lee Patterson | Louise Gray | Magnus Hagdorn | Michael Straeubig | Paul Morris | Peter Smith | Thanasis Velios
As predicted, Ms Rrose was rejected by the Royal Academy and the path is now clear for @SalonDesRefusesSummerExhibition Any more Loo sightings please do send a photo!
Fountain 2017 has been accepted to @SalonDesRefusesSummerExhibition, which is taking place from 7 – 10 June 2018 at Candid Arts Trust Gallery in Islington, 3-5 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ. I am also hoping to curate an accompanying sound event featuring found objects and found sound.