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How Gay Byrne ended up in the Turner Prize exhibition

Gay Byrne isn’t exactly synonymous with modern art, but somehow he has ended up in this year’s Turner Prize show. Gaybo is part of a piece by Luke Fowler, who has made (another) film about R.D. Laing, a frequent subject …

Tue, Oct 2, 2012, 14:25

   

Gay Byrne isn’t exactly synonymous with modern art, but somehow he has ended up in this year’s Turner Prize show.

Gaybo is part of a piece by Luke Fowler, who has made (another) film about R.D. Laing, a frequent subject of his work. Laing, a Scottish psychiatrist who challenged popular psychiatry claiming, amongst other things, that schizophrenia was a theoretical illness, not a factual one. Laing appeared on the Late Late Show, when Byrne was the host, and appeared incoherent, a demeanor which led Byrne to accuse him of being intoxicated. A snippet of this infamous interview from 1985 has been included in Fowler’s film. And so, technically, Gaybo is now a work of art.

You can see some of the interview here, at 2:10

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