Pattern & Chaos

‘Secret Noise: Marcel Duchamp and the (Un)sound Object’

‘Secret Noise: Marcel Duchamp and the (Un)sound Object’

Article by Krzysztof Fijalkowski 

‘Spring 2013. I am standing in front of Marcel Duchamp’s collaborative artwork of 1916, With Hidden Noise (À bruit secret), protected in its glazed case, at the Barbican Gallery, London, and wishing not just that I could put myself closer to this puzzling apparatus, but that I could pick it up and shake it: that I could activate the secret sound within it.  Between two small, nearly square metal plates bearing incomplete text phrases and held in place by four long machine screws: a ball of twine; inside the ball of twine: an unknown object, placed there at Duchamp’s invitation by the work’s first owner, Walter Arensberg ……..’

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