There is a canoe being dragged around an empty room at the Barbican, because that’s what art does these days.

I can’t really say much more than that — it’s a large empty room with a wooden floor, and every few minutes, a canoe is dragged by a wire from one side of the room to the other. Then a few minutes later, it’s dragged back again.


A couple of videos at either end provide some soundtrack, but otherwise, you are there to contemplate whatever it is that art people contemplate when a canoe is dragged past them in empty rooms.

It’s baffling.

If I were feeling very arty, I might note that the marks left on the floor from the repeated passing of the canoe are more interesting than what caused them. But that’s almost as bad as the art we are supposed to be contemplating.

However, all I can say is that if you want, the gallery is open free of charge until the end of this month.



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  1. gillian lawrence says:

    Lordy lord!

  2. katrien says:

    I liked the slow, quiet movement of the kayak. The turning of the kayak was beautiful to look at. It was peaceful and relaxing, like a kayak trip on a calm lake.
    The videos were quite humorous. Did you wait for the end?

  3. Bernard Wright says:

    What a load of … I hope that wasn’t funded by the tax payer all I can say.

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