May 20, 2005

museum.studies

The manner in which the british museum's deals with Bansky, as evidenced by his recent project at staid British Museum; with humor, good cheer, and high regard, in short a dry-but-stiff upper lip, not taking themselves more seriously but being completely open about what happened with the intervention contrasts sharply with the weird, angry and secretive manner in which New York museums deal with his pranks. While the NYC museums scoffed and acted rather bellicose, their no-less-esteemed British colleagues noted that they expected the piece back after it was finished being exhibited in a solo show Bansky has going up. Isn't this the way that hegemony is best able to co-opt anti-hegemonic initiatives, by lessening the acts power through acquiescence to the phisicalized aspects of the revolt, not the ideology that underline’s it..

I am not saying that the work is particularly good, though I am drawn to aspects of it, and I think the execution is superb (a statement which is almost always a honey coated smack-down), however the brit. response seems eminently more reasonable and really, from an authoritarian point of view, effective.

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