Last chance to drink a cup of tea at Jeremy Deller’s snack bar (‘Joy in people’, Wiels)
The guy near me saw me smile. So he put those headphones on too. But he clearly didn’t get it. Joy Division played on steel drums? I guess one must have been around in the eighties to really see the fun of that. Just as I think one must be a bit of a rock fan to get some of the other stuff in the Jeremy Deller retrospective Joy in people, currently at Wiels (Brussels; through August 19). The search for Bez of the Happy Mondays? Those interviews with Depeche Mode fans? (Do go to the basement for that video.) But with London-born Deller, awarded the Turner Prize in 2004, it’s never just about the music. It’s about much more: social interaction, codes, folk culture. Take his classic restaging of The battle of Orgreave, for instance. Or Valerie’s Snack Bar. You still have five days to visit the great mid-career survey of this ‘self-taught conceptual artist’ and ‘assembler of things’. And don’t forget to watch that video about Deller’s public domain projects, as he conceives most of his art purposefully avoiding galleries. Hurry!