A history of creating a reproduction of Marcel Duchamp’s sculpture With Hidden Noise
by Tamara A. Blanken
In 1986, graduate student and Duchamp devotee Tamara Blanken decided to make a reproduction of With Hidden Noise, Duchamp's Readymade sculpture with an object hidden inside a ball of twine pressed between two metal plates. She consulted Kurt.
"Kurt von Meier suggested that I should take notes during the process which consequently reminded me to better tune into the spirit of Duchamp and attempt to provide a REASON as to why I (we) made the choices that I (we) did: "donner toujours ou presque le pourquoi du choix entre dew ou plusieurs solutions (par causalite Monique)."
Take notes she did, 63 pages of them, documenting the effort from start to finish. And what this documentation reveals is not only the rigor brought to the project by Tamara and Kurt, but also the rather Byzantine experience of working with both the Philadelphia Museum (where the original sculpture resides) and UC Davis, where a presentation of the replica and lecture by Kurt was planned and eventually took place (Kurt and Tamara celebrate completion of their Readymade in the photo above).
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