Saturday, 29 May 2010

Margaret Sharrow v. Fiona Banner: or, why it's not safe to let me into the Tate, part 2

Interactivity has become a buzzword in art these days. Walk around any art school and you are liable to be beseiged with posters and signs begging you to interact with someone's current project. And major galleries these days all seem to have 'art carts' or similar, crammed with crayons, coloured paper, and worksheets attempting to interest the young in art. Occasionally, however, the urge to play overtakes me, as it did last weekend at Tate Britain. One current exhibition, 'Rude Britannia', begs you to create your own political cartoon, and then in the Harry Hill-curated room, presents a sort of spoof on a cash machine, where you are shown a reproduction of a work from Tate, asked to write a caption, and then to post it in the slot. Suitably primed by these activities, by the time I saw Fiona Banner's Duveens Commission, Harrier and Jaguar, two decommissioned fighter planes, I wanted to do more than take photos, as everyone seemed to be doing (one woman lying nervously under the nose of the suspended plane while her man snapped away). So I attacked the nearby art cart and created my own fighter plane... leaving you with the results.

Images: My fighter jet (2 views), caricature of Labour MP in the expenses scandal.
Images copyright Margaret Sharrow, 2010

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