The past two weeks several of my fellow officemates and I attended the Art:21 preview series at The Clark. After discussing the episodes among ourselves and hearing what the panel, as well as the rest of the audience had to say, it became obvious that the format of the shows was a major complaint. Each episode took on a theme and then presented four or five artists who loosely used that theme in their art making process. The artist was presented as a ‘talking head’ as one panelist referred to the set up. Obviously there was someone asking the artist questions on particular subjects, but that person was omitted in the final cut and therefore the audience had no clue what encouraged the artist to speak on different subjects.
I bring this up because I think I might have a better format for Art:21 to consider. In fact, my officemates and I have been playing around with the idea of making our own show.
Here is the idea: We pair artists that are here at the museum and allow them to ask each other questions. How awesome would it be to see Spencer Finch and Fransje Killars ask each other questions? Or perhaps Theo Jansen from The Believers and Erik van Leishout? The logistics of these pairings are still in question, but I wanted to ask you, our faithful blog readers, if we here at MASS MoCA made a short video show once a month or so what other sort of features would you want to see? Send me your ideas!
PS. Have you bought your tickets for The Teenage Prayers yet?