March 30, 2010

Art vs Audience

Core77 recently posted a couple of videos by Mike Figgis for the Tate Liverpool, in which an ‘average’ audience—presumably a demographically accurate cross-section of locals—shares their opinions about a canonical work of modern art. The first group of schoolkids is rather skeptical towards a Dan Flavin, which has been installed in their classroom for a day, and they’re equally baffled by Jeff Koons’ “Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank.” (More Koons below.)

Conversely, an older group seems to grasp the significance of Duchamp’s Fountain, as displayed in a public restroom, while remaining largely indifferent to the object itself, readily abstracting the idea from its physical manifestation.

I’m undecided as to whether their candid opinions are more or less authoritative than those of art historians or critics.

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Meanwhile, the Tate Britain has commissioned the graffiti artist INSA to create a piece for the current Chris Ofili exhibition. He discusses the process and result (below) in the video above, which would have been a perfect media supplement to Designboom‘s post on the Elephant Dung stilettos, which, if the comments are any indication, deserve a fuller justification than glamour shots.


Designboom also refers to INSA as an “artist and designer,” neglecting to mention that his background is in street art and that he acknowledges the Big Daddy Kane allusion—details that make all the difference when it comes to a piece like this. (In fact, I was ambivalent towards the (s)hoes when I first saw them DB a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t even make the connection until 3/4 through the INSA video, when he actually produces a sketch of the piece for Ofili.)


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In another dialogue (or misinterpretation, depending on how you see it) between artist and audience (or artist, depending on how you see it), I figured that it wouldn’t be long until somone took advantage of Marina Abramovic’s ongoing performance at MoMA. Formerly unknown performance artist Amir Baradaran recently staged “The Other Artist Is Present,” a four-act “Sobhat / Conversation,” opposite Abramovic, whose own performance require that she bear witness to Baradaran’s stunt. (Click link above for videos.)


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As promised: Koons on Art21 (below) and Nowness (RE: Skin Fruit; click through for video).

via Animal

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Or maybe people would rather just see art like Kordian Lewandowski’s “Game Over,” a ‘Nintendo Remix’ of Michaelangelo’s Pieta. (DB)


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