[Above artwork by Tsuruko Yamakazi]
Cuz if I wanted to garden I would ask 1 of 500 friends for an apprenticeship on their local organic farm, not apply for a position at a contemporary art gallery.
Reality Media: Jobs Edition because I have nothing to lose. No corporate job, no academic professionality. Having something to lose is like making a declaration of compliance. Guess that’s why the important question might be about the actual acquisition of something to lose.
Crowd Notice, Miami 2011
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“It always makes me think of the whole phenomenon of watching a movie being shot on the streets of New York, where I live, and which happens all the time. The movie production shuts a street, or a neighborhood down, and crowds of people gather around to sneak a peek at the hopefully ‘famous’ cast shooting their scenes. Now, are these street spectators interested in the movie or the scene that’s being filmed? In the actor/celebrity they might encounter? Or are they interested in the signification of the film shoot itself, and the potential it opens up for their own interest in fame? They certainly can’t be interested in the movie ‘characters’ or ‘plot’ — since they don’t know what the movie is about and they can’t anticipate the ‘characters’ until they actually see the finished film…”
—Masha Tupitsyn, in conversation with Brian Pera
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I was watching a crowd gathered around the filming of Step Up 4 last summer. Well, around the scene of something rumored to be filmed; for 3/4 of the time nothing was happening except official people standing around with walkie talkies. But during the few minutes the dancers actually danced in American Apparel hoodies on the blocked off street, how important the actors became in the viewers’ gaze - people at the there point of success, and what it actually feels like to be there; the hierarchies created; how the crowd’s interest in effect made the actors what they were. I remember all the people in the crowd looking like they didn’t know why they were there.
Hey y’all I’m practicing tittibhasana on this horse on my way to my studio in Monument Valley! Just chilling barefoot, doing a half-assed job with this pose! I’m so pretty. Affirmative action GAP catalog!