Soundings

No mana for the shaman

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1577 (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1577
  1. Ian Robertson, neuropsychologist
  1. Cambridge

    A few months ago two members of the rock band KLF burned a million pounds in the fireplace of a bothy on a remote Scottish island. They wanted to be artists, and this was their artistic statement. Then one of their friends tried to hawk a case full of the ashes round some London galleries, “complete with full documentation.” A futile act of vandalism was suddenly transformed into quite a useful social act by showing up a section of the modern art world for the charade that it is.

    “Anyone can't just …

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