Autoxylopyrocycloboros

In my investigations on the term of Conceptual Art I have become more and more unsure if this is at all a useful concept. The definition is much too wide! And we all know that a definition which includes all and everything, is a useless definition. We, the art theoreticians, definitely have some intellectual & philosophical work to do here!

Anyways …

In my research I have come across some great artworks which might, or might not be called Conceptual, Neo-Conceptual, Post-Conceptual, or god knows what?!?? To the works it doesn’t really matter: They are great – independent of how one wants to label them.

Here is one of my favorites:

Simon Starling: Autoxylopyrocycloboros (2006)

Autoxylopyrocycloboros (2006) took the form of self-defeating journey in a small wooden steam boat. The voyage, made on the waters of Loch Long, Scotland, home to the Trident submarine base and neighbouring peace camp, was fuelled with wood from the boat itself, as plank by plank, piece by piece, it was feed to its own boiler, until inevitably disappearing into the submarine infested depths of the Loch

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5 thoughts on “Autoxylopyrocycloboros

  1. Very thought-provoking, on a number of levels. Thanks for posting this. I have mixed feelings about performance art, but when it operates as this does–in terms of metaphor, aesthetics, purpose, inventiveness, risk–it intrigues me.

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