? (Stewart Home article)- Library of Mu
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- Title: ? (Stewart Home article)
- Date: November 1993
- Journal: i-D
- Author: Jane Cornwell
- Type of resource: Excerpts
- Status: text
- No. views: 3897
- Description: Stewart Home inteview; comparison's with KLF
? (Stewart Home article)
By Jane Cornwell (November 1993, i-D)
The following is an excerpt from an article about Stewart Home, an author
who "... writes cult books which are full of skinheads, sex, anarchism,
blood and guts. He is also an artist who initiated a three-year art
strike with the intention of destroying the gallery world."
"... So is Home a post-punk prankster or a serious subversive? The same
question could be asked of the K Foundation. Capricious ex-KLF duo Bill
Drummond and Jimmy Cauty have recently taken out large advertisements in
the press announcing a 40,000 pound prize honouring the worst body of art
work of the year (solicitors have confirmed that the prize money really
does exist). The 'nominees' just happen to be the same four artists who
are nominated for this years prestigious Turner Prize.
Echoing the Art Strike, Drummond and Cauty have also stopped
producing new work. The similarites don't end there. Like the Neoists,
The KLF (aka Kopywright Liberation Front) favoured plagiarism,
encountering legal wrangles after sampling the whole of ABBA's 'Dancing
Queen'. Both adopt multiple pseudonyms to raise questions about the
nature of identity (The KLF called themselves the Justified Ancients Of
MuMu and The Timelords; in Home's 'Smile' magazine, all writers were
credited as either 'Monty Cantsin' or 'Karen Eliot'). Both use
inflammatory slogans to cause controversy and confusion (K Foundation:
"Abandon All Art Now"; Home: "Demolish Serious Culture"). Both arranged
spectacular stunts (The KLF left a dead sheep in the foyer of the 1992
Brit Awards; Home attempted to levitate the Brighton Pavillion in protest
against a performance of Stockhausen's avant garde music).
Home is enthused by the K Foundation's attempts to ridicule the art
world's beloved Turner Prize. "I think it's great," he enthuses.
"They're trying to undermine it. What's great about the way they're doing
it is they've got a lot of money so they can afford to take out full-page
ads, which I never could."
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