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I went to the Turner Prize. There's a nice moment on the way in where you might be suddenly faced by a video including adult themes the moment you walk in (we were - thankyou James Richards) and a lovely bright room in the middle of all the gloomy video art that looks like someone took the concept of 90s copy-art and gave it a tidy, professional gloss (cheers Ciara Phillips). My tip for the winner is Duncan Campbell, whose decision to submit a 54 min video means that only the judges and a few fans and students will get the "full impact" (which apparently did include some interesting bits, but not while we were in the room).

To recover we went into the Dissatisfied Women in Western Art room and tried to imagine what they were all saying. Alas, Augustus Leopold Egg's distasteful fallen woman series punctured our ironic distance so effectively and completely that it was enough for the day. Tate Britain. Sometimes it's a wonderland full of upturned jets, whispering chandeliers and insane sculpture mazes. Others it's like being bopped repeatedly on the nose with a rolled up copy of Country Life by an elderly art master who is still cross that they let girls into public schools.

We also did Oxford Street Christmas (smallbeasts introduced me to the concept many moons ago and it has stuck ever since) where Selfridges was dispiriting and Debenhams dull, but we did finally track down Christmas hiding upstairs in John Lewis. As usual, the thing I really wanted (a really simple brass chrome pyramidical Christmas Tree, like a sculptural reduction of Christmas) was actually a shop fitting. Never mind. I know what Christmas looks like now, and that's all I need to make it happen.

Friday question (if you've stuck with me thus far) - what will your Christmas look like?

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glittertigger
29th Nov, 2014 01:11 (UTC)
We'll be having a big, complicated family Christmas at my sister's. It will include both my parents, Dad's current partner, my sister's husband's ex and her new partner (they all want to be in the same place as my step-niece) and a whole army of other people. J's mother has excused herself - now that I've written this out I'm wondering if I should have done the same! But I like big gatherings, we aren't staying there overnight and everyone is quite good at being on their best behaviour, so it should be fine.
cleanskies
29th Nov, 2014 09:06 (UTC)
That sounds lovely actually!