I don't know about conceptual art installations. There is a certain intelligentsia smugness from artists and curators that says if you don't get the point there is a deficiency on your part. Don't get me wrong it can work, 'virgin in a condom', a small plaster Mary encased in a condom was a brilliant idea which caused an uproar here in New Zealand but to imagine that we have to continue looking at it as a piece of art is ridiculous. It succinctly brought home the problems associated with the Catholic Churchs' contraception policy but the idea is fleeting, once it's gone it's gone.
While in Wellington I saw the Jim and Mary Barr(curators and collectors of contemporary art) collection at the City Gallery and I've never seen such a tired looking bunch of exhibits in my life. No wonder they tour them and loan them to galleries because having them at home must be depressing. The idea has gone and they are left with often a poorly made object that should be consigned to the scrapheap.
But I do love the art world. Because there are no rules about what is or is not art it leaves room for the bizzare, the snob, the graffiti, the ridiculous and occasionally the artwork that sings and vibrates long after its made.