Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s short video work Bubble Dart, 2013, comments on a contextual aspect of Marcel Duchamp’s work Monte Carlo Bond. The latter are eight bonds that Duchamp issued in 1924 (even though the artist had intended to originally issue 30). They were meant to raise money to fund Duchamp’s system of playing - and winning at roulette, which he was testing in Monte Carlo the same year.
Bubble Dart remarks directly on the photo-collaged portrait of Duchamp taken by Man Ray, which was superimposed onto an image of a roulette table illustrated in the centre of the bond. In the image, Duchamp’s face is covered in shaving lather and his features are barely recognisable while his hair is styled “into two devilish-looking horns”. Bubble Dart replaces the roulette wheel with a dartboard and the pointed horns with darts. The bubbles of the shaving foam, on the other hand, are symbolized by the balloons, which also substitute Duchamp’s face visible on the actual bond.
Ergin Çavuşoğlu lives and works in London.