CONFERENCE WITH MARCEL DUCHAMP
8 September, 2006 Werkleitz Biennale, Halle
During the Werkleitz Biennial, which was dedicated to religious systems, I invited a group of artists to confer with Duchamp— as if we were going to interview him. In order to guarantee »authenticity«, I gave the artists discretion over the questions, remaining as moderator only. Further séances were recorded and assembled under the title »Dialogues with the Classics«. Among those invited to the »dialogues« were primary artists, critics, gallerists, etc. Some »meetings« occurred in galleries, in museums and other art institutions.
TEXT OF VIDEO RECORDING
AUDIENCE Spirit of Marcel Duchamp, come to us! Spirit of Duchamp, are you here?
AUDIENCE May we ask you some questions?
AUDIENCE Tell us please, does life have any meaning?
AUDIENCE Does God exist?
DUCHAMP There is no God!
AUDIENCE Is beauty important?
AUDIENCE Marcel Duchamp, are there happy believers?
AUDIENCE Marcel Duchamp, are there miracles?