The Society of the Spectacle; Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Big Art Turbulence in Cardigan

It’s woeful; a dismal wet night in Cardigan and the best thing on in town is an ‘art installation’ outside the Guild Hall. The pointless grey-beard cluster hovers and bunches around its wet and shining placards. Twisting a little in the breeze that runs up through the High Street from the river the placards advertise a desperately depressing Theatre of the No.

The reasoning that drives this damply ghoulish gathering is the need to further press home their anti-art philistine arguments and put paid to Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Interactive 127 Floating Ball Installation, Turbulence, on the River Teifi.

Of course they don’t really have any arguments worth considering. Otter Trauma, Shy Salmon, Kids Messing about? What will become of us?

Is it Bad Art? Well, maybe, but I’d like a chance to decide for myself. I for one welcome the Big Art Project for good or ill.

I can handle it. Cardigan can handle it. The risk that is. The risk that instead of negotiating the tawdry boozed-up sick-puddle weekend streets of Cardigan, citizens of all ages will re-take the night-time town and encounter the possibilty of beauty.

There I got that off my chest.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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5 Responses

  1. Dru Marland says:

    Cardigan says Down With This Sort Of Thing? -it’s a nice portrait, Paul. I shall follow this story with interest

  2. Dru Marland says:

    …suiting the action to the word, I found this

    ..with this in the comments

    If he can’t be bothered to research how to spell Eisteddfod then he shouldn’t be allowed to meddle with on-goings at Cardigan. It’s a tight lit community with decades of history and culture, why change that?

    “Tight lit”? -so that’ll explain the boozed-up sick puddles, I guess 🙂

  3. Thanks for the link.
    There’ll be a hangin’ posse too I don’t doubt…

  4. Clive Nicholson says:

    What is the current situation with ‘Turbulance’? I despirately want it to go ahead. What are the chances?

    • Hello Clive
      There’s another consultation meeting; see here.. I have no idea whether this will have ANY bearing on the outcome. Reason seems to have deserted the ANTIs. I daresay they’ll be wanting to decide which books the library can stock next.

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