I was one of the interpreters of "This Progress." One of the old ones, who picked up the conversation at the 5th level. I can't tell from your account that you actually got through the work. At any rate, you miss the point spectacularly. Even some of the least sophisticated of the museum visitors got it.
You were coming to the museum not to see a work of art but to help us make a work of art. You crapped out. You were not anti-intellectual; you were both cynical and completely mistaken about why you were there.
Had you entered the museum, as one should always enter a museum, in a spirit of creative play, ready to deal with what you found there, you might have found us more interested in you.
You obviously failed to engage with the teenager, who came up the back stairs and gave us a description of you and a summary of the conversation. For people like you, the teenager might have, "it's the blonde in a blue hoody. S/he is a dud. 'Progress is technological innovation.' S/he doesn't have any ideas." I might asked, "Is s/he talkative?" To which the answer might be, "Yeah. S/he is a smart ass. Might be an art world person."
If such reports were confirmed by the first part of my conversation, after I met the person, I would often, say, when we reached the gift shop on the sixth level, "Perhaps you want to stop in her. They have some books on art and a lot of nice things."
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