Great cover of a Little Dragon classic. Check out the ?uestlove/Solange Knowles/Robert Glasper remix as well.
"The key to making great art is all in the compositio"
Art Sale builds upon the premises of Exit Through the Gift Shop- will people recognize the work of a world-famous artist if it’s right there in front of them? It’s reminiscent of Stop and Hear the Music- “Will one of the nation’s greatest violinists be noticed in a D.C. Metro stop during rush hour?” The answer in these situations: barely.
What’s worth noting here is that Banksy doesn’t do the Radiohead model- asking people to name their price, though what people paid for In Rainbows is certainly also relevant- the whole Spotify controversy around supporting new artists is particularly important.
Banksy is even more gutsy- the artist sets a specific price- with some wiggle room. And guess what? The first person to buy a canvas (after four hours) ASKS FOR HALF OFF.
What’s happening here? Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus took on the conflicted internal struggle of the Big Apple, and speaks passionately about the complications of the modern economy in his recent album, Local Business. I think he’s found a good way to sum it up:
"But what of the classic contest
Content versus Context?
They have a fight-
And yes, I left out the rest of the content, therefore taking it out of context… but as for what happens to the befallen content, well, HOT DEUCE!
The question of, “why can’t I notice brilliance when it stares me in the face?” begs larger questions once you realize that initially, the frame is more important than the paint on the canvas. And a frame can be many things- in this case, the most important frame has to do with environmental and social factors. It’s not just that people are busily walking by, or not paying attention- I’d argue that they are subconsciously or consciously paying a lot more attention than you’d expect. I’d bet that it has more to do with the elderly man, who seems to be very friendly and approachable- what’s fascinating is that in the middle of New York City, this man is just as anonymous as world-famous Banksy. And yet, as he sits in his folding chair, one immediately forms an opinion about the work that is being sold- and the art has a connotation that is easy to ignore. Of course, there’s no obvious “brand” here to help us form some kind of opinion- would there be a mob if there were a different name attached?
What Banksy’s really hit on with Art Sale extends beyond the realm of art: what is the value in perspective’s influence on our experience? This brings up more questions: Could I live a more fulfilling life by developing a more mindful perspective? Is it better to accept that our perspective is inherently limited? I don’t know, but it’s certainly more convenient to assume a static perspective about these things.
It’s fascinating how many of the YouTube comments are so impressed with or jealous of the few people who were “lucky” enough to buy the anonymous artist’s cheap paintings.
That viewpoint is a bit too naïve about the role of the audience- in fact, it might be some combination of intuition and expertise of the audience, and their willingness to take risks and develop some connection with and trust in the content creator that can give their art market value in the first place. That is, the actions of the audience (social) determines worth (market) to that audience- they’re inseparable in some sense- and to not view them as intrinsically linked is to pretend that art is somehow magic.
"Luck," is an illusion. Chaos, (another word for "fate"), is limited that context- it only takes you part of the way towards "luck."
I want to thank everyone who’s been so kind in the wake of our announcement about this Comedy Central opportunity. The messages, comments, blog posts, and emails have all been insanely nice and it means the world to me to see them all. It’s very motivating and makes me want to get this thing right even more than I already did.
With that in mind, I feel like I wanted to just put my motivation out there publicly. This is for a few reasons. First off, I’ve always felt so strongly connected to the fans of this show and feel like they are a huge part of the process. People are already posting suggestions for the pilot on our message board over at the main web site unsolicited, and I think that’s the best. I read them all. Also, I think it’s interesting to let you guys see my thought process - I have a chip on my shoulder and often think about why and this should show that off. Mostly though, I feel like I put this out into the world it will force me to live and die by it a bit more - declare something publicly and you are accountable for it.
So why are we doing this? Why take this thing we love and change it? What motivates that?
Thanks, Chris Gethard and co for being awesome:
"…I’m doing this because if the world explodes tomorrow I don’t want to be sitting behind a desk….I’m doing this because it scares me, and I think it’s important to be brave…I’m doing this because it’s hilarious."
"The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader."
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.
Just be Stevie Nicks.
A real life story about the quest for education.
I really don’t understand this fully yet. Read the story and let me know what you think. https://medium.com/architecting-a-life/fee8f3ee97a0
Good? Bad? Offensive? Idealistic? Problematic? All of the above?
While part of me was unsure about how to feel about this, especially with the backlash from around the web at how he wrote the article (particularly this piece where I found out about Patrick’s/Leo’s story), I found that Leo and Patrick’s posts on Facebook, and additionally responses like this one to be even more compelling:
"Please keep a list of the specific items that you come across that are making this project "doable" (computer, books, blanket, dry supplies, etc…) some day people might want to sponsor "kits" to take this up to a larger scale."
This comment from a user on the article where he defends himself:
"@anon: The masses believe it’s better to be given a fish rather than being taught how to fish."
In any case, after a week on Facebook, 23,247 people are “talking about it.” Maybe all that comes of this is that more of these discussions happen. When will these discussions turn into action? What insights will we gain from those actions? Do those insights create new discussions?
** Edit: Action precedes insight, insight generates discussion