An artwork, or a message on a wall about an artwork? DSC05976

An artwork accessible to 70% of the population – those with smartphones. I am one of the 30% – mobile but not sufficiently smart. The National Gallery, where the message is displayed, has no phones or alternative listening devices on hand to lend. I did ask. So I stand, reading the message again wondering when technology became a barrier to accessing art in a public gallery – where access in the form of various technologies – wheelchair ramps, audio guides, lifts – are a basic requirement.

The ‘smartening’ of the entire population may well come, or near enough. What of the meantime?