Image as Reality
Posted by thomas-cummins on 29 Jan 2009 at 02:19 pm | Tagged as: responses/reviews, tv
Saatchi is bringing art to Reality T.V. Unfortunately, Texas artists aren’t allowed to submit to this competition as it’s a U.K. thang. I don’t think the artworld has anything to be threatened by this debasing of art to the lowly realms of Reality T. V. After all isn’t this what has been going on since Warhol and Pop Art. I’m not an expert on Project Runway, or the World of Fashion for that matter, but as an outsider it seems that they have done nothing but enhance one another. If it helps one artist get some publicity, connections, and a career then it’s a success in my book. I don’t think Saatchi has anything to worry about either. Regardless if his show fails or not his reputation will always be golden. Any publicity is good publicity and this remains especially true for the artist.
Actually this merger of art with Reality T.V. has already been done once before by Deitch Projects. That particular reality art show was a failure and I, unfortunately, never saw one of its 8 episodes but art has survived that debacle nevertheless. Dave Hickey once noted that good art often happens when highbrow meets lowbrow – so why can’t Reality T.V. similarly be a platform for art. I seriously doubt it will be, but it will still give an interesting glimpse into one of its most richest facets.
Interesting that you would so quickly give art “high brow” status and reality tv “low brow” status. In a lot of ways, I think this is one of the major obstacles of contemporary art.
I really enjoy your blog by the way.
I’m actually pretty stoked about this because, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m a Reality t.v. junkie and this is a combination of two of my favorite things. I guess the negativity in the article was a response to another blog and also due to the failure of the first show. There’s nothing wrong with Lowbrow – it’s just that this Reality formula has already been done a lot before. Don’t mistake this for art either – it’s just another platform and means for art. I guess I shouldn’t judge but I bet they have a competition ever week and one person gets cut ever week until there’s only one winner left. Highbrow and Lowbrow are just terms I heard Hickey use but I think it’s pretty safe to say that Reality T.V. is Lowbrow and that Saatchi is Highbrow. Given that, I really want to Tivo this bad if I can.
tivo is strictly monobrow.
I find it silly these “win-win” situations where you have less than 10 percent marge of difference. It makes me feel like Solomon wanting to cut the baby in half.