The symposium on abstraction that leads off the opening of Adrienne Farb's exhibition is starting in a few minutes and I'm not there. This is embarrassing and disappointing on a whole series of levels, but unfortunately unavoidable. I mentioned the other day that I was getting ready to move; well, some . . . complications arose in the process, and now I can't get out of here. I was not only looking forward to seeing and meeting people--including in one case a writer whose work I've admired for literally decades--but it's not going to happen. So while I wait by the telephone instead, what else to do but post?
So anyway, in addition to a nice piece on the Farb show, Geoff Edgers asks two questions: "Anybody else get the feeling that YouTube is about to be ruined? Why can't grass-roots, DIY movements resist the urge of the almighty greenback?" The answers: yes, and because it is almighty. We're talking 1.65 billion, baby! Who wouldn't sell out a bunch of nerds for that? Not to mention dumping all the sticky copyright questions onto someone else.
But there's hope! According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, museums are incorporating YouTube content into exhibitions. Or at least the Museum of Modern Art is:
MoMA solicited videos to be included in a retrospective of the Residents, an avant-garde multimedia group, that will open next week. The museum has posted the clips of 11 finalists on YouTube and invited the public to weigh in. The votes and comments those works receive on the site will help determine which are screened at the museum.
Advantage: lonelygirl15! Anyway, it's an interesting experiment, though I'm not sure how many other institutions will follow. I'm all for museums using some new toys, but I think blogs have more potential, even if I only find a few of the museum blogs out there of real interest. For the nerdliest around, though, it's hard to top the museums/Second Life idea. I contemplate that one with awe.