The Real Smiling Rock / Lindsay Lawson

The Real Smiling Rock is a continually updating living document between the Artist, an eBay seller named guitarpickman.com, and the digital presence of a rock he is selling on eBay for $1,000,000. The high price of the rock is due to its singularity: it is a geode boasting a clownish smiley face.  Lindsay Lawson responds to the site-specificity of this year’s AND Festival, by questioning the partial decentring of the human, and the appeal of object-orientated love and desire. She opts instead for a kind of ‘equality’ of things and beings in the world, in real life or virtual.

The smiling rock has been listed on eBay for more than five years. It has been viewed more than 28,000 times and 97 people currently have the listing saved in their Watch Lists. Nearly 200 offers have been made to purchase the smiling rock for amounts less than $1,000,000 and none of them have been accepted.

Artist Lindsay Lawson’s work often combines a variety of media. In recent years, Lawson has developed a situational, performative-research process involving contracts, correspondence and interpersonal exchange that the she calls ‘Arrangements’.

For this year’s festival we exhibit The Real Smiling Rock at Peveril Castle; the first time it has been in the UK.

Guided tours will run daily at 11.00 and 15.00. To join a tour sign up at Peveril Castle kiosk on the day. For more information please see our Walks & Tours page.

Booking: The Real Smiling Rock is included in the purchase of a Festival Pass. Alternatively, you can access the work by paying an entrance fee of £5.60 to Peveril Castle.

The Real Smiling Rock is presented in partnership with English Heritage.

Event info:

  • Fri 22nd — Sun 24th Sep 2017
    @10:00-18:00 Fri & Sat, 10:00-17:00 Sun, £5.60 / £5
  • Peveril Castle

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