14 Jul 2008
Found-object-as-art is often a tricky one. Art may be where you find it, it might be in the eye of the beholder, but how do you convey to the visitor/viewer that the brass ornament fly, bought from the local charity shop and crudely inserted into the brass ornament frog, is art?

Peter Saville has the answer.

Revealed at the recent Q&A session at Manchester's Cornerhouse to mark the Manchester release of his book Estate, Peter Saville described 'flatpack plinth' as his "most important work since the cover of [New Order's] Power, Corruption and Lies".

The inspiration came during the installation of his 2005/6 solo archive exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich on which Estate is based.

Running out of space on a table displaying an array of his own 'found objects', Saville asked the gallery to provide him with a plinth on which to display an "interesting" plastic bird door chime.

The result so impressed Saville as to realise that the act of placing the bird onto a plinth elevated it to the status of art object: "the plinth actually formalised why the bird was interesting".

Realising the potential of such a mass-produced "universal accessory... to empower people's judgement", the Saville-designed, white cardboard 'flatpack plinth' is now in production with a limited initial run of 2000 expected to be available in September 2008, priced at GBP 40.00.

'Plastic Bird Door Chime' is available from Funky Lighting, priced GBP 12.99.

'Frog Eat Fly' (moist, 2005) is not for sale.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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