Ok, confession time. The last time I visited the Tate Modern there were a number of exhibits which people just didn’t seen to “get.” Richard Sarra’s Trip Hammer, Martin Boyce’s Gate (We don’t meet here. We are always together first.) and anything made by Charlotte Posenenske had people with puzzled looks surrounding them and muttering sentences like “I just don’t get how this is art…” To most observers – modern or not – these industrially-styled artworks are hard to understand. So, when I found a room filled only with a ladder, some plastic, an electric lift and a sign reading something like “This space undergoing renovation,” I couldn’t help turning the sign around and seeing what happened. Surprisingly, people almost immediately showed up in the room, stood looking past the rope surrounding the equipment and started analyzing the fine art they were observing. It happened… over, and over, and over… and no one once said they thought it wasn’t art. So when I found this museum hijacking video by a duo going by the names of Doug and Mikael, I couldn’t help but love it.
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Doug and Mikael strive to show us “how to be art,” invading the Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery in London with just their unshakable wits and a ping pong ball each. The two stand for long enough (and you’ll see it isn’t long) for people to start thinking their highly realistic statues. Then again, perhaps people think their real, but just some sort of avant garde street performer who’ve made it big. See their video below for a revealing look at modern art viewers: