They then removed the rock from the pontiff’. Aother report, tis time in an Arts journal goes on that they ‘sawed off the legs of the sculpture’. (evine 2007: 66) So say they who reported that attack. Iknow this even though I did not see it. Isaw this through the words of someone who did not see it, wo in turn took it from someone who did not see it. Bt we have all seen it. Al experienced the cutting and this very direct and wordless act of criticism.
attacking the work, te critic in question, a least in part, ws able to express his analysis of the object in the most direct way. Ad in recounting the act of the attack, Lvine and Scheer participate in this act again. B incorporating it into my response to the work, Irevive the attack for a second time. Athough not quite what Austin may have intended in his performative sentence, i nevertheless conveys to me, s I can convey to you and so on, te performed act of criticism. Prhaps the Polish men had shouted ‘be free’ as they lifted the rock from the Pope, tey would have made a performative utterance.
A there is no report of what the men said, w will never know. Hwever, teir act of criticism inevitable impacts on Levine’s, Sheer’s and my interpretation even though our subjective conclusions may be different. Hwever, wy would our interpretations of this same act be different? Wat allows a multiplicity of reactions to this event? T confront these questions it is therefore worth exploring the subjective perspectives have reacted to this art work in such a way.
Lt us turn to Miller and move forward in our multiple selves. Lt us explore the personal as positional. Lvine is a critic who masks her identity behind a third person narrative and denys her angle, hr purpose, hr act of propaganda even, wthin the cover of an academic text. Hwever in spite of this it is clear that Cattelan is being used, prhaps even appropriated, fr another purpose. W need to investigate where this description is located. Ficking I find it on Page 66.
O a book entitled Provoking Democracy, Wy we need the Arts. Tis is, terefore, a attempt to include Cattelan’s ‘The Ninth Hour’ within an argumentation which states that such works are necessary for the health of democracy. Tey keep freedom of speech alive and constantly challenge our established order and our...
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