The Little Cone

January 8th, 2009  | Categories: Bidder vs. Ledia Carroll

It looks good, the little cone that Arthur Basille has constructed in the Public White Cube: on the pictures that we received this morning, it rises up – quite perfect, smooth and regular -from one of the four heaps of sand created by our artist Ledia Carroll. But perhaps it is a trifle unspectacular. Sadly, we can’t really check that out. For Basille has re-hung the Public White Cube’s webcam and – as already announced in the run-up – he is claiming complete control over the visual material.

Here is someone who not only wants to control his own creative image, but also the media reproduction of that image. Someone who wishes to have power over copyright and the visual sphere at all cost, and insists on specifying the way his contribution should be read. No picture is available, for example, of how Basille’s cone looks in proportion to the whole space, and nor is there one allowing us to judge the relation between Caroll’s original contribution and Basille’s intervention. Basically, the fact that these pictures are missing is symptomatic of Basille’s approach, for ultimately he ignores Caroll’s landscape of dunes and understands it merely as a beach replanted in the museum; a place where the local sand sculptors can now embark on a competition ennobled by its museum location. That is no problem; Basille is welcome to do that – he paid a not inconsiderable sum of money for the privilege, after all. But it is also rather a shame. For it means that he has erected a fence of privacy around the Public White Cube and has so created a situation in which the only things that permeate to the outside world are those defined by him.

We look forward to hearing what the next bidder plans to do with Ledia Carroll’s piles of sand – and with Arthur Basille’s cone. We are also keen to find out whether our view of the Public White Cube will be free again next week or not. Why not join the bidding and decide for yourself – the next auction already starts at 12 noon PST and 9 pm CET.

  1. Rudolf
    January 15th, 2009 at 23:40

    Karlheinz, Gerrit, Joachim,
    you still haven’t published the message by the previous artist that it was all just a digital manipulation. Why not?
    Best, Rudolf

  2. pwc
    January 16th, 2009 at 01:37

    Ladies and Gentlemen, may we introduce to you Rudolf Frieling, who is the curator of the show we’re… participating in. Rudolf curated this show in the dawn of the upcoming crisis. Sometimes we fear it may be the last participative show until the end of western museum history, but pessimism won’t help. To answer the question Rudolf posed (they all really love the commentary function at SF MOMA), we definitley love Arthur Basille aka Tim Roseborough. He played a manipulative identity game with us and we believed the lies. But that’s not an object for comments. It’s the stuff of fiction. And we will proudly admit to our readers how we failed to recognize it and how counter-intelligence infiltrated PWC. Not now, in the newsroom. Wait for the week-end. On Saturday it’s time for the true PWC history.

  3. Scott MacLeod
    January 16th, 2009 at 06:05

    Ah, the weekend. The true story. The rabbit from the hat.