thanks for the reply.
Nothing of what you've said about the piece, however,
is immediately apparent from the piece itself, which I
still find pretty lacklustre.
Plus, I'm just personally uncomfortable with the
amount of meta artistic sludge one has to trudge
thorugh in order to "get" a piece like this.
I can't help feeling that the worthy things you claim
the piece does could probably be better accomplished
by a terse little pamphlet on religion and
Did you take a look at the student piece that Curt
I think it does a lot of what you claim for the Tate
piece with considerable more economy and force.
I will take a look though at the Tate documentation
and have a think about it, as you suggest.
--- Jemima Rellie <Jemima.Rellie@tate.org.uk
> Hi there Michael and I'd suggest it does for the
> following reasons:
> Religion >
> - The central subject for the work is world
> religion, from the
> perspective on an artist based in Mumbai.
> Globalisation >
> - Shilpa did not travel to the UK at any point in
> the commissioning
> process (This was primarily a question of how best
> to use the limited
> funds available. We're hoping to get Shilpa over in
> the Spring to
> participate in some related educational events). All
> between Tate and the artist and took place via pcs
> and phones.
> - What's more, I'd suggest that the work encourages
> visitors to reflect
> on the effect of globalisation on religion (and vice
> versa), and how
> religion on a state/global scale blurs with
> Complex cultural and political dynamics of the
> internet >
> - The site homepage is IP specific and varies
> depending on the
> geographical point of access. In the UK, the first
> religion we are
> offered is Hindu.
> - Furthermore, the site is hosted in India, not with
> the majority of
> Tate Online's content, in Glasgow, which (I reckon)
> raises interesting
> questions about the relationship of the museum to
> such practice.
> - Shilpa has placed ads on Google to try and attract
> new, non net
> art/art museum visitors to engage with the very
> public work.
> This is my on the fly response, but I'd also really
> recommend reading
> the 2 texts that accompany the piece.
> : )
> -----Original Message-----
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> < the
> work explores religion, globalisation and the
> complex cultural and political dynamics of the
> Does it? How does it do this?
> So often I read these kind of assertions in
> artist's/curatorial statements.
> I took a look and it feels pretty ordinary and
> formulaic to me.
> Maybe I'm being uncharitable or missing something.
> Maybe I'm not looking in the right way.
> I'd be interested to know what others think.
> Commissioned by Tate Online
> > (http://www.tate.org.uk
), it juxtaposes the real
> > virtual worlds and encourages visitors to consider
> > how these spaces overlap and merge.
> > Two critical texts accompany the piece:
> > God, Prayer and Politics: The Work of Shilpa
> > Heidi Reitmaier
> > Blessed-bandwidth.net: it's super authentic, Johan
> > Pijnappel
> > Both texts and the work itself can be found via
> > http://www.tate.org.uk/netart/blessedbandwidth/
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