Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp
Inspired by the Dadaists irreverence for belonging to an intellectual, artistic class - I found this recent quote from a “Pamphlet rebutting Weimar’s point of view,” published in Der Einzige 1919 in Berlin from Raoul Hausmann:
“Club Dada represented the world’s international, it is an international and anti-bourgeois movement…Club Dada is a revolt against the intellectual worker”.
And this statement from Duchamp:
“scientific attempts to define and categorize them [ready-mades] prove to be difficult. How to integrate into a system the manifestations of a spirit for whom seriousness is the enemy?….The fact that they have been considered with the same reverence as objects of art probably means that I’ve failed to resolve the problem of the attempt to entirely get out of art.”
The ready-made doesn’t call out for contemplation. These DIY impulses for resisting the institutions of art are powerful. I am moved by the sheer humor in resisting the academic consumption of an art experience.
“It doesn’t need to be deeply studied. It’s simply there. The eyes notice that it exists… simply take note…”. - Duchamp