That choice has resulted in a flurry of explanations of what et al. does, but if one thing is certain, it’s that its work is challenging. Upon granting et al. the esteemed Walters Prize in 2004, the critic and curator Robert Storr remarked
that their work encapsulated one of the more potent dilemmas in art: “The art that does not love the art lover back…it’s not hostile to the art lover; but it basically says, ‘Come to me, but I will not reward you immediately with what you’re looking for.’” This uncompromising nature was apparent in et al.’s installation for the 2005 Venice Biennale, in which recordings taken from the internet, religious texts, and philosophical works were played seemingly at random. It’s also evident in the group’s recent work at West
, “For The Common Good
,” which focuses the collective’s longstanding interest in the nuances of ideology on the concept of the utopia.