Duchamp’s “3 Standard Stoppages” which is a visual demonstration of the working of chance.
What inspired me, is the idea of a meter; it was a meter, and it is still, but you can’t see it anymore.
I took my squares which initially was a self-portrait and stacked them – it is the same portrait, but now you see it in a new constellation.
According to my research, I start getting interested in Marcel Duchamp. It seems like he appears in every text, video sequence or exhibition I am looking at. I understand that he is an essential person in the history of art and the art world today.
In this BBC interview from 1968, he comes around topics like retinal painting, cubism, The Large Glass (artwork he made from 1915-23), chance, readymade, mass production, pop art and up art and chock in the light of his working method.
The interviewer asks him:
Chance in art was something Dada set out to really explode to use…
…What do you think now the element of chance in the artwork of art is, having tried to control and device chance to serve your ends, do you think it is something subconsciously the artist project into the work?
Yes because chance are maybe unknown to us in other words, we don’t know the results of chance because we haven’t got enough brains for that. The divine brain, for example, could perfectly say there is no chance, I know what is going to happen…We are not able to detect what chance will bring. So it is a kind of alteration for chance or consideration of chance, almost as a religious element.
So it is very interesting to have introduced to put it as a service of art production.