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article imageVideo: 'Gallery hijack,' prankster with ball in mouth is art

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 2, 2013 in Entertainment
There are many theories purporting to explain why certain objects get promoted to the status of art piece. Two pranksters Dough and Mikael carried out an experiment that appears to confirm some more cynical views in answer to the question, What is art?
Some theorists maintain that art is nothing but the systematic cultivation and promotion of elitist snobbery. The snob value theory of art appears confirmed when Doug and Mikael, hardly twins, stand still next to other paintings (presumed art pieces) in a swanky art gallery, according to The Huffington Post, the Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery. The two men are dressed alike, each with a yellow ping pong ball in his mouth.
Well, you know already what happens next. Some high-brow art connoisseurs soon gather around the pair, busy as bees, with cameras snapping away at the artistic creations of a 21st century Van Gough.
It seems that for "art connoisseurs," anything located within the premises of a respected art institution is potentially art. All that is required to transform any banal object into an art piece is the gallery lending its institutional authority to the object and viola! a masterpiece is born.
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