Friday, May 14, 2004

As far as Cremaster goes, I hope people will take the widest possible approach to engaging it. Not simply reacting to the films as films, but to the media and marketing extravaganza that surrounded them: the hype, the backlash, the framing of art as institution (the man is seen climbing the Guggenheim: is there a more naked portrayal of artistic ambition anywhere), and so on. Individual sculptures; the soundtrack; events, people, and organizations alluded to by the films; sports (we've got football and some kind of motorcycle racing, not to mention all the climbing: the films foreground acts of endurance across distances, which is reflected in the experience of watching them). It's all fair game.

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