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“62 Days, 58 Shows, 212 Artists”

The Forgotten Bar

A crowd was assembled on the sidewalk outside the bar, drinking beer out of bottles. Around the corner, a few young Turkish men had set up a grill right in the street. Inside the long, narrow, gray space known as the Forgotten Bar, you had to squeeze past loudly vociferating artists to find the television screen hidden behind a refrigerator: Onscreen, a man enters a sparsely furnished hotel room, lights a fuse, and then fireworks explode until nothing is left but black smoke. Somehow the video, Room 113 (Royal Monceau), 2008, is reminiscent of those on YouTube in which guys slip Mentos into Coke bottles for the pleasure of seeing the fountains of fizz. Except that here this juvenile enthusiasm for fireworks was supposed to have something to do with art. People were glancing about nonchalantly, and I couldn’t help wondering if I was the only one who didn’t get the joke. The artist, Gregor

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