Did anyone see Chris Ofili collect his Turner Prize? He got up on to the podium, said: ’You got my cheque then?’, collected the prize and left.

Did anyone see Chris Ofili collect his Turner Prize? He got up on

to the podium, said: ’You got my cheque then?’, collected the prize and


His honesty was so refreshing. Like a beacon shining across the pimps

and whores of the front-row dinner-party establishment.

The sanctity of art must be preserved from becoming just another product

placement scam.

Advertising is a corruption of art - remember the similarities between

the VW campaign featuring ’sex, chocolate, sex’ and an installation by

Gillian Wearing in a previous Turner Prize exhibition.

Yet before Wearing exhibited her piece, I remember a commercial by HHCL

& Partners which featured a man holding up lyric boards to a song

advertising cassette tapes. Art and advertising are two destinations on

the same subway map that includes sculpture, fashion (see the list of

Turner Prize judges) and opera.

The corruption arrives when someone attempts to swap Pimlico with


In the ad industry this type of ’subversive thinking’ can be seen in the

relationship between account men and creatives. The creatives are the

whores of the industry. Young, fresh and exciting until fully used, then

thrown on to the streets. The pimps find fresh meat because they have no

talent themselves.

Should Soho be cleaned up before the rot reaches the Royal Boroughs?

Too late. It started in 1749, when the British physician, David Hartley,

explained how ideas become associated with one another through resonance

eg: ’kerching’ ’ker-app’. The ultimate sin is where the whore and pimp

marry. Sadly, these days there are only two types of agency left for the

client to choose from. Mothers and motherfuckers.

Send your rants to Diary Editor, Campaign, 174 Hammersmith Road, London

W6 7JP.


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