I’ve been asking what would happen if I encountered the painting IRL and am considering travelling to San Francisco MoMA to see it. I applied for a travel bursary. My project didn’t technically fit the criteria (at all) but I thought I’d write and ask anyway, fully expecting to be unsuccessful and as it turns out… I was right. It appears that they won’t give me the money to make an epic night sea journey, to be swallowed by a monster (possibly), to be transformed. They weren’t interested in a cultural exchange between the near non digital past and our amorphous digital future. Perhaps they found the idea of seeking to find an illusive artist, and a dead one at that, a little too much of a stretch. Anyway, they didn’t deem it worthy.
I suspect that could be the response across the board. It’s a shame that I won’t be able to answer that question but there will be others.