Saturday, June 4, 2011
Duchamp and Bogost
Ian Bogost notes a nice article about Cow Clicker from a UK tech magazine. The magazine says that Duchamp's urinal was intended to be provocative and thoughtful, while Cow Clicker...well it never quite spells out the difference.
I think if anything, object for object, Cow Clicker is the more sophisticated one. Duchamp's piece is like a frame grab from one instance of Cow Clicker. If Duchamp had personally visited your house on request and refashioned one of your bicycle wheels into a work of art, that might be a little bit similar. Cow Clicker is working with much more basic elements of human beingness, and to that extent it's much more sophisticated.